John Vignocchi, alongside his parent company Disney, today announced Infinity, an ambitiously far-reaching video game project that includes a wide variety of characters from Disney's stable of properties, a Skylanders-like focus on figurines, and a nebulous, but intriguing-sounding "platform" concept.
Currently in development at Avalanche Software, the crux of Infinity focuses on figure sets, which will be used to unlock additional content in Infinity over the course of its lifespan. The idea, according to Disney Interactive co-president John Pleasants, not to focus on a single game, so much as a larger platform where new figures and story content can constantly be added to the mix.
More intriguingly, the game appears to have a major user-generated content focus. Using what is referred to as "The Toy Box," players will be able to use whatever characters they've acquired to create their own gameplay scenarios. The example shown during the announcement involved key characters like Jack Sparrow, Sully, Mike and Mr. Incredible interacting in an environment merged from their three worlds, in addition to The Nightmare Before Christmas and Toy Story. The mode includes a basic logic editor, a camera editor, and even more tools to help craft custom games, which can apparently be shared online.
It's worth noting that the mash-up nature of the Toy Box mode won't hold true in the official playsets released by Disney. The first three, which revolve around The Incredibles, Monsters University and Pirates of the Caribbean, will launch alongside the platform in June.
No word at this time when/if Marvel and/or Star Wars properties could be tossed into the mix, but I do know that the very thought of it is striking fear into the wallets of parents everywhere.
If you want to get a quick look at what Infinity looks to do, the first trailer has been embedded below.