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Disney Infinity 2.0 Updated Look

Developer: Avalanche Software | Publisher: Disney Interactive
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Genre: Action

Release Date: Fall 2014

At E3 2014, I had a chance to spend some time with Disney Infinity 2.0.  In this version of the game, Disney is adding Marvel characters like Iron Man, Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, Black Widow, Captain America, and others to the available roster to control in playset mode or the expanded Toybox. The game is similar to the Skylander series where you collect individual posed action toys and place them on a base to activate them into the game.  They will then gain levels and new abilities to become bigger, more powerful, and stronger. 

Brian Michael Bendis, a comic writer who has penned Ultimate Spider-Man and Daredevil, is writing the story in the included playset inside Disney Infinity 2.0. This playset features the Avengers and also will come with Iron Man, Thor, and Black Widow. Don’t worry if you are not a fan of Avengers or Marvel--or just want more Disney characters. Maleficent and Merida, from Brave, are also being added to the roster for Toy Box mode.

Last time around, Disney Infinity came with 3 playsets in the Starter Pack with the game. This time around, there is only the one playset--the Avengers. To give more content to players, Disney is adding Toy Box minigames and will include two of them with the Starter Pack of Disney Infinity 2.0. So far, they have only announced what one of these minigames is: a tower defense game. 

New this year is the ability to fly. Players will finally be able to take to the skies with Iron Man and other flying characters. Spider-Man will also use his web slinging abilities to dash around in the sky as well. Other characters will be able to climb walls like your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The roster will be constantly expanding so be on the lookout for the announcement for your favorite Marvel hero.

For the combat, I found it to be, once again, very simple. Players have a limited number of moves to start off with and a skill tree of powers and abilities to unlock. Even with those fully unlocked, I was a bit underwhelmed by the combat but much more excited by the new Toy Box mode.

Speaking of Toy Box, new this year in the mode is the ability to help players auto-generate content. There are helpers you can place on the map to automatically generate things like buildings, scenery, etc. Within about five minutes, you will find a world created right before your eyes and you can then jump in and play. 

Toy Box Mode can also be used to create a variety of different games and it will do all the programming work for you.  Players can create racing levels, item collecting levels, tower defense levels, pinball, dungeon crawlers, and even fighting games. Of course, the tools are there for players to create virtually anything they want. These are just the ones that will make it easier. And you can also use the creators to automatically fill in all of the details and make your levels look more professional. Disney will be curating the submitted levels and will approve those that are of high quality. They will even be uploading new levels themselves on a weekly basis.

Last year, Disney Infinity was only just the beginning. With new content, new ways to play, and easier, more fun ways to create, Disney Infinity 2.0 is shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of the year. As a Marvel fan, I really want this game. As a father of a five year old, I have no choice but to collect as many characters and power discs for the new game.

On a sad note, Disney’s representative told me that due to restrictions, all current playsets would not function in 2.0. Players would still have to keep their original game in order to play the older playsets. Other outlets, like Joystiq seem to indicate this isn’t true. I will contact Disney and update the article with more details.

Disney Infinity 2.0 arrives later this year on PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and Wii U.

UPDATE: After speaking to representatives, Disney Infinity 1.0 playsets will not function inside 2.0. You will need the original game if you want to continue playing the older playsets. Power Discs and figures, from 1.0, will work in the Toybox mode.

By Kaleb Rutherford - 06/15/14

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