Disney has officially announced the cancellation of Disney Infinity, a video game which included Star Wars play sets.
John Blackburn, senior vice president and general manager of Disney Infinity, made the announcement on the official Disney Interactive blog earlier today (via Making Star Wars). The cancellation of the children’s game means the discontinuance of the Star Wars-themed play sets, which included characters and adventures from The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, the original trilogy, and The Force Awakens.
"Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it."
Disney CEO Bob Iger cited financial reasons for the game’s cancellation and the shutting down of the game’s developer, Avalanche Software (via Kotaku).
"“[The video game] business is a changing business,” Iger said of the company’s pivot out of making games. “We did not have enough confidence in the business in terms of it being stable enough.”"
Disney Infinity was a unique endeavor that combined toys with video games to create a collectible and interactive gaming experience. Popular characters like Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, Ahsoka Tano, and Rey could be purchased as Disney Infinity figures in stores and then made playable in the game as new updates arrived. Now, the last update for the game will arrive in June, and no more Star Wars figures or sets will be released.
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Having played this game only once or twice and getting little enjoyment out of it (I prefer simpler games with an overarching plot), I feel little regret for its discontinuance. However, I know a few people who have collected the Star Wars Disney Infinity figures, and they may be disappointed they won’t be able to add a Jyn Erso or an old Luke Skywalker to the ensemble. The good news is, you’ll still be able to play the game. You just won’t get any upgrades or new figures for it.
Another good piece of news is, when one project is cancelled, there is often another, sometimes better one waiting in the wings behind it.
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