Disney Infinity is Now Over

Huh, guess its lifespan certainly wasn’t infinite, was it?

Either way, Disney has now confirmed that Disney Infinity will not be continuing as a concept. This is because while Disney Infinity outperformed their other video game efforts (that division lost 53 million dollars in three months in 2013), it still hasn’t done well enough. And so with the game not bringing Disney Interactive back in profitability, Disney Infinity is now being discontinued. Once the Alice Through the Looking Glass and Finding Dory packs are out, that’s it; Disney is out of the toys to life game.

Above: A promising start, but it ended just three years later.

In fact, that’s not the only thing they’re discontinuing. Oh no, Disney is also getting out of the games market in general. They’ll be quitting the self-published console games business, and shutting down Disney Infinity makers Avalanche Software. That last move will cost 300 people their jobs.

So it’s curtains for Disney Infinity. But does this have any ever effects?

Well, possibly. You see, the toys to life market in general is not doing so hot at the moment. In fact, it only grew 7% in the US last year, and might be on course to decline in this one. As a result, sales for series like Skylanders are also down, and LEGO Dimensions has significantly underperformed compared to both Skylanders and Amiibo. As a result, it seems like Disney Infinity might not be the only casualty in this market’s impending bubble burst, and the end might be drawing near for both Skylanders and LEGO Dimensions too. And how about Amiibo? Well, it’s one of the only things making Nintendo any real money at the moment, but I can see a day when that might stop too. Maybe the Nintendo NX might mark the end of the Amiibo line?

Either way, things are bleak for toys to life, and Disney Infinity has already gone under. But what do you think? Could this be the end of other toys to life franchises as well? Could Nintendo’s Amiibo ever be discontinued too?

Source:

Disney Infinity is Dead as Disney Exits Game Publishing – GamesIndustry.biz

Five Nights at Freddy’s is Coming to Consoles!

It’s been a while coming, but now popular survival horror franchise Five Nights at Freddy’s is coming to consoles! Yes, creator Scott Cawthon is in talks with various companies about bringing them to home systems. And what’s more, they’ll be full blown remakes. As said to a forum user who asked about whether the games could come to consoles:

Actually, yes! It will happen. I’m talking with a few companies who are interested in doing console remakes of the original games

However, there’s one catch.

Namely, it seems unlikely that the Wii U will be one of these platforms. Oh sure, it’s the ideal system for the games. And yes, the in game camera switching seems absolutely perfect for the GamePad.

But according to Scott, ut might not happen. Why?

Because he’s unsure if the Wii U will still be a thing when the game’s are finally released. In his own words:

Yeah I doubt the Wii-U will be thing by the time a console release is ready.

Which is a fair concern to be perfectly honest. Remember, the Nintendo NX is coming out in March 2017. The console ports at Five Nights at Freddy’s haven’t even started development yet, and could easily take until 2017 to remake given that each of the games needs to be rebuilt from the ground up. Could we get an NX version instead? Possibly, though that itself would take even more time given that Scott likely doesn’t own a dev kit for the system yet.

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Battlefield 1 Announced, Set in World War 1

The newest installment in EA’s Battlefield series has been announced. Officially called ‘Battlefield 1’, the game departs from the standard FPS cliches by being set during World War 1 rather than World War 2 or the present day. Here’s a trailer for the game:

Above: Not quite your usual FPS game setup…

As you can see, the setting has done wonders for the game’s originality. You got the brutal trench warfare that characterised this conflict. You’ve got horseback combat, since this was the last major war where mounted calvalry played an important role. The planes are all styled after the old school biplanes of the era. Either way, it seems a bit more interesting than the usual FPS game, and EA says it will feature some of the ‘largest and most dynamic battles in FPS history’.

There will also apparently be a heavy focus on melee combat, since weapons like bayonets, batons and rapiers were used more often in this conflict.

Battlefield 1 will be released on October 21st for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and will be available early through EA Access.

But what do you think about the game? Are you interested in the idea of an FPS game set during World War 1? Could this time period and setting make a nice change from the endless glut of modern day and futuristic shooters on the market?

Source:

Battlefield 1 Officially Confirmed – IGN

Sonic the Hedgehog Might Be Coming to LEGO Dimensions?

He may already have an Amiibo, but it seems Sonic isn’t quite done with the ‘toys to life’ thing just yet! Indeed, it seems like his next destination might well be LEGO Dimensions! Because you see, back in September 2015, an interesting ‘set’ list was ‘leaked’ for the game. Rumoured to be consisting of everything from Harry Potter to Ghostbusters and the A Team, two of the items on said list (codenamed S and KR) were rumoured to be Sonic and Knight Rider respectively.

More interestingly though, as LEGO news site Brick Inquirer points out, quite a few insiders seem to think this is true. For example, one called ‘Just2Good’ posted:

Hmmm S1, could that be Sonic?

In response to the news, before quickly it out for a simple “That looks interesting” afterwards. Another one (CM4Sci) said flat out that:

Sonic’s coming!

Before following up with:

I also know for a fact Sonic is in if that confirms anything

Further more, Brick Inquirer says that these individuals are seen as very reputable in the LEGO community, with the latter’s word being ‘about as good as it comes’. Either way, there’s heavy insider evidence for Sonic being one of the next additions to the game, to the point that said site actually states it as fact based on those statements alone. Bit like the recent Nintendo NX rumours with all those great Nintendo IPs being announced for the system soon.

But while Sonic is now basically a given for the game at this point, what do I think of the situation?

Well honestly, I’m a tad confused. Sonic the Hedgehog is hardly a series many people associate with LEGO, and there hasn’t actually been any physical sets based on him as of this point. It’s also not really the best series for the average LEGO game formula, since Sonic focuses a lot on speed and tight level design whereas the average LEGO game (Dimensions included) have a slower paced setup with puzzle solving, combat and item collecting playing a major part.

Above: As you can somewhat see in the trailer

Still, the idea of Sonic running around Jurassic Park or Gotham City sounds pretty cool. As does the possibility of seeing Eggman/Robotnik teaming up with the Joker and Sauron.

What do you think about the idea of Sonic the Hedgehog coming to LEGO Dimensions?

Source:

REPORT: Sonic Is Coming To LEGO Dimensions, Plus Confirming “KR” Is Coming – Brick Inquirer

Mighty No 9 Now Has a Release Date

It’s been delayed three times. Problems with ‘network functionality’ have caused issues for months, and many people have already given up on the game. Indeed, Mighty No 9 was quickly taking up Duke Nukem Forever’s mantle of ‘game that never gets released’ due to all the delays and development problems it’s been having.

But now it seems the Mighty No 9 debacle might finally be coming to a close. The game has now gone gold, and will now be released on June 21st (in America and Asia) and June 24th (everywhere else). What’s more, unlike the previous release dates, the team even outright states that ‘there will be no further delays’. Here’s the announcement post about it on the official Mighty No 9 website:

Mighty No 9 – Goes Gold (official site)

It’s still not everything (apparently the 3DS and Vita ports are coming at a later date), but now it seems the wait for this Mega Man successor is finally over. But will people still care about Keiji Inafune’s project when June rolls around? Will it live up to the hype its generated in the last few months? Will the Wii U version even sell now that the console is being discontinued within a year or two? We’ll have to wait and see.

What do you think about Mighty No 9’s new release date?