Disney has officially announced that Disney Infinity will be discontinued. Although the game was a success, the market apparently didn’t quite have the capabilities to grow as they expected. Disney Infinity was always intended to be an experiment in many ways. Not only was the Toys-to-Life market just beginning when Disney jumped in, it was also one of the first games Disney was producing in-house by purchasing Avalanche.
Unfortunately the experiment failed and they cut Disney Infinity short despite having a 5 year plan in place. Disney Infinity 4.0 was also recently listed as a item Disney was passionately pursuing. Most of the money lost by discontinuing Disney Infinity is in inventory according to Disney.
Disney plans on going back to its old model of licensing out its franchises for developers. This news is not necessarily well-received as Disney hasn’t always had solid games released for its IP’s. That being said, Battlefront is one of the most successful Star Wars games in history and today EA announced Battlefront 2 coming in 2017. With the right licensees, we could see many great Disney games in the future.
There will be two final releases before Disney Infinity officially ceases production in June: three Alice Through the Looking Glass figures (Alice, Mad Hatter, and Time) along with the Finding Dory play set which is rumored to include only Dory and Nemo.
Many fans have started asking about the Artist Pick, Peter Pan, who was announced to be released in August at D23 this past year. There’s no word on if he’ll be released but our guess is that he won’t. Fans are also concerned at the amount of time the online servers will be available. Once these servers shut down much of the game will be unplayable unless it’s patched to no longer need these servers. If the servers do go down, the PC and iOS version of the game will essentially useless.
The most shocking news today, though, is the 300+ employees who were laid off today at Avalanche as it will also be closing its doors. Our thoughts are with them as they seek new employment.
In the next few weeks we’ll see more information released and we’ll keep you updated.
Here’s the official statement from John Blackburn:
By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you—our fans—and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for creating a community that made Disney Infinity more than just a game.
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.
So what’s next for Disney Infinity? We have two final retail releases coming, including three new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month, and the Finding Dory Play Set launching in June.
And as we turn to the next chapter in our story, I want to thank everyone who helped bring Disney Infinity to life, particularly Disney’s Glendale-based production and publishing teams, our external development partners, and of course the incredible Avalanche team for their tireless dedication to this project.
But most of all, I want to again thank you for making Disney Infinity a part of your lives—and for adding to the Disney legacy by being a part of this community.