Disney Infinity Marvel Superheroes Coming This Fall

At a special event in Los Angeles this morning, Disney announced the second phase of its toys-meets-games franchise, bringing Marvel characters into the mix with Disney Infinity Marvel Superheroes.

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Marvel editor-in-chief Joe Quesada took the stage at the event (introduced by Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Agent Phil Coulson) to talk about the collaboration, following the new game's debut trailer. He was joined by award-winning comic book writer Brian Michael Bendis, who has been tapped to help develop the story for the new game.

Following a bit of back and forth, Bendis and Quesada revealed the first Marvel figures for the game.

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Illustration for article titled emDisney Infinity Marvel Superheroes/em Coming This Fall
Illustration for article titled emDisney Infinity Marvel Superheroes/em Coming This Fall
Illustration for article titled emDisney Infinity Marvel Superheroes/em Coming This Fall

Those are the first six figures in the Marvel collections — there are over a dozen more on the way. There will also be new Disney-centric content and characters coming to Infinity 2.0.

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Along with the new figures, all of the figures and power discs from the first Disney Infinity will be compatible with Disney Infinity Marvel Superheroes, and all Toy Box content created in the first game will work in the second as well. All new and existing characters will be able to reach level 20, and a new upgrade tree system will give players some choice in how they progress.

Here's the new starter kit:

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The starter kit comes with three figures, the Avenger's playset piece, and a pair of Toy Box game discs. Toy Box games, new for the second phase, use game assets to create new experiences based on existing game genres — tower defense and dungeon crawlers were mentioned.

The creative Toy Box mode from the first game returns, even more streamlined to allow younger players to easily create magnificent works. Paint brushes have been included that instantly procedurally generate cities and scenery, while AI workers can be released into the play space to build on their own. Players will also be able to create detailed interiors.

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Creating games in the Toy Box mode will be easier as well, with pre-made game templates available, ready-made 1-4 player games ready to be dropped into the creative environment and played.

Disney Infinity Marvel Superheroes is coming this fall to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U, iOS and PC, as well as PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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DISCUSSION

So these figures and the style of gameplay (buying physical items to extend digital content) are still going strong, no? Does this mean Nintendo might enter the ring with their own toys-meets-games franchise? Not sure if I read a rumor from here on Kotaku/TAY or elsewhere, but Nintendo could do wonders financially pushing this business model if all goes right.

Hell, look at the concept of Smash Bros. - puppets/figures/statues/toys that come to life at the whim of Master Hand, who sets them up in various scenarios that end up being the battles we play. What if the unique twist for Smash 4 for Wii U is that you can extend the roster by purchasing physical toys of said character, so for example you buy Bowser Jr., slide the toy onto the gamepad, and then bam, instant character added to the roster/character select screen.