Remember Skylander, the video game where you unlock content by buying more figures that are sold separately? It’s like that, except the figures are Disney characters so prepare to go broke if you’re a parent. Today, Disney announced that the game is currently in development at Avalanche Software and it seems to be a mixture of Skylander and Little Big Planet. So you buy figure sets to add more content and unlock worlds, which then you can use to create your own game play scenarios and upload to what they’re calling “The Toy Box” so you can share it with the rest of the world. From what I can tell, this game looks to focus more on user generated content so I’m not sure if there’s actually a game here that you can play right out of the box. It all seems a bit too nebulous for a game that looks to be targeting kids, who probably don’t care much about creating their own worlds (unless it’s with Lego).
Here’s the trailer they revealed
It looks like they’ll be digging deep into the Disney library to create these figures. I’m seeing a lot of animated and live-action movie characters, but there are also characters from the Disney channel, like Perry the Platypus from Phineas and Ferb. There’s a distinct lack of classic Disney characters here that I find disturbing, though I think it’d be plenty hilarious if we saw a Hannah Montana figure before we saw a Mickey Mouse one.
Also, the fact that you can load three different characters at the same time seems interesting, and I’m wondering whether they’re holding out on a peripheral that’ll allow you to load ten characters at a time for a later release. Whatever the case, the initial sale for this thing will probably be astronomical, and if all fails, they could probably make their money back, and then some, by releasing Marvel or Star Wars figures for the game.
Written by Daniel Lee