D23 Expo to Feature ‘Star Wars Battlefront,’ ‘Infinity’ Gameplay


Fresh off of stealing the show at San Diego Comic-Con, Disney is marching its Star Wars forces north to invade another convention: the company’s own D23 expo in Anaheim.

According to an official press release, the event will feature gameplay from the upcoming video games Star Wars Battlefront and Disney Infinity 3.0, as well as a few other announced games. The footage will debut on the last day of the convention, Sunday, Aug. 16, in the Hall D23 theater at the Anaheim Convention Center.

From what it sounds like, Disney Infinity 3.0 will dominate most of the event. In addition to showing gameplay from the toy-based video game, developer Disney Interactive will allow players to test out the game on the show floor and give out thousands of figurines of characters from the game. The demos include gameplay from both the Twilight of the Republic expansion, which focuses on the prequel trilogy, and the Rise Against the Empire expansion, which includes elements from the original movies.

Although we’ve already seen some previews for Disney Infinity, this event will offer our first look at an “augmented reality experience” that’s part of the game called the “Only in the Toy Box Experience.” Convention attendees will be able to step into a virtual reality environment and interact with characters from the video game.

Of course, Disney is saving some space for Battlefront, which will also feature new gameplay footage as well as a hands-on demo.

Meanwhile, fans can also try out the new Star Wars: Battle Pod arcade game, which lets players re-enact battles from the original trilogy in a virtual-reality headset. If you don’t have time to play the game at the convention, or you just can’t make it, you can always buy the game for a cool $35,000.

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There will also be a booth to play the mobile strategy game Star Wars: Commander, although it’s unclear if there will be any new features on display.

Normally, any chance to play Battlefront would be my No. 1 priority, but Disney has my interest piqued for this virtual reality Disney Infinity experience. Star Wars may represent the perfect opportunity for the company to establish a foothold in the emerging virtual reality video game scene. Infinity‘s reliance on tangible toys based on popular characters also offers a natural fit for the virtual experience, not to mention the chance to squeeze some more money out of fans.

The D23 Expo runs Aug. 14-16. Disney Infinity 3.0 is out Aug. 30. Star Wars Battlefront is out Nov. 17.

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