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Disney Infinity 3.0 is a 2015 action-adventure sandbox video game published by Disney Interactive Studios for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Apple TV, and is the third and final installment in the toys-to-life Disney Infinity series. It was developed by Avalanche Software, with additional help from Ninja Theory, Studio Gobo, Sumo Digital, and United Front Games. In contrast to how Disney Infinity 2.0 focused on Marvel characters and playsets, 3.0 has a focus on the Star Wars franchise. The game was announced on May 5, 2015, and was released on August 28, 2015 in Europe and on August 30, 2015 in North America. Unlike the previous two games, this game was not released on handhelds. This game was the final video game published by Disney Interactive Studios before its shutdown in 2016 and the final entry of the Disney Infinity series. It is unknown if the series will be put out of retirement.

Disney Infinity 3.0
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Developer(s) Avalanche Software[a]
Publisher(s) Disney Interactive Studios
Series Disney Infinity
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
PlayStation 3
PlayStation 4
Xbox 360
Xbox One
Wii U
iOS
Android
Apple TV
Release
Genre(s) Action-adventure, sandbox, toys-to-life
Mode(s) Single-player, multiplayer

Contents

GameplayEdit

 
A group of attendees at the EB Games Expo 2015 play Disney Infinity 3.0 with featured Star Wars figurines.

Disney Infinity 3.0 features similar gameplay mechanics to Disney Infinity and Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes. Although sharing many key elements, the game's combat system has been redesigned to become more in-depth and complex.[2] The game's combat system is influenced by the Star Wars: The Force Unleashed and its sequel, Kingdom Hearts, Devil May Cry, and most of the Spider-Man's aerial combat-themed video game series (except Ultimate Spider-Man).[2] Lightsabers have been integrated into combat, due to the inclusion of Star Wars characters. Characters who use lightsabers in combat can utilize additional weapons. For instance, playable character Luke Skywalker has the ability to use a blaster and a lightsaber, which used together can juggle enemies in the air.[2] Full combos have been integrated, which allows the player to pause mid-combo and branch off into another variation of the combo.[2] Playable characters with the ability to use the Force, in Star Wars mythology, have the ability to push and pull enemies during combat.[2] Special attacks, which were introduced in Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, have returned. Only the bearer of a close-ranged type weapon (such as lightsabers and other blade or staff weapons), including the characters who have their own primary close-ranged weapons (like Mulan, whose primary weapon is a staff, similar to the Jedi and Sith's own primary lightsaber), and characters who can fly are able to perform an aerial combo.[2] Instead of waiting for a progress bar to fill up for a special attack to be performed, a new feature allows the attack to be released early, but the effects of the attack are not as strong.[2] Auto-lock when firing ranged weapons at targets has been enhanced, so players no longer have to move closer to enemies in order to auto-lock on their positions.[2]

PlotEdit

Twilight of the RepublicEdit

The Twilight of the Republic Playset storyline is based on the era of the Star Wars prequel trilogy. Set during the events of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker, Yoda and Ahsoka Tano discover a reactivated Droid factory on the planet Geonosis.[2] The four Jedi then decide to find out who is the mastermind behind the newly minted droid army.[3] As the story progresses, the pair cross paths with General Grievous, Jabba the Hutt, Cad Bane, Mace Windu, Sebulba, Padme Amidala and the main antagonist Darth Maul, and travel to planets Coruscant, Naboo, Geonosis and Tatooine.[2]

Rise Against the EmpireEdit

The Rise Against the Empire Playset storyline is based on the events of the classic Star Wars trilogy, with some differences. The Playset revolves around Luke Skywalker, his sister Leia, Han Solo and Chewbacca finding themselves locked in battle with Darth Vader.[3]

The Force AwakensEdit

A playset based on Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in December 2015; it was announced at the D23 Expo that the playset would feature Finn and Rey from the film. Kylo Ren and Poe Dameron were later confirmed as playable characters.[4][5]

Inside OutEdit

In the Inside Out playset, Riley falls asleep watching a horror movie and chaos ensues in her subconscious. This scatters some of Riley's memories all over Imagination Land and the emotions must find and return them to headquarters before Riley awakens.

Marvel BattlegroundsEdit

A play set featuring Marvel characters fighting each other on a series of levels. The story sees Loki working together with Ultron to manipulate all of the universe's heroes into fighting each other using robot duplicates while they steal one of the six Infinity Stones from the Asgardian vault. All Marvel characters from Disney Infinity 2.0 are playable in this playset, along with new characters introduced in 3.0, such as Hulkbuster, Ant-Man, Black Panther, Vision and Ultron. This is also the first play set to utilize four-player local gameplay.

Finding DoryEdit

In the Finding Dory playset, Dory learns of a flood at the Marine Life Institute that has washed the littlest fish into all the wrong tanks. Together with Nemo, Marlin, Hank, Bailey and Destiny, she returns to rescue them and lead them out to safety. Along the way, she makes new fish pal friends and customizes a new reef area as a sanctuary for the rescued fish.

Toy Box TakeoverEdit

In the Toy Box Takeover expansion game, Syndrome gets his hands on Merlin's Wand and teams up with all the other villains; it is up to the player to assemble every Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars character to stop him before he destroys the Toy Box.

Toy Box SpeedwayEdit

In the Toy Box Speedway expansion game, players can use any Disney, Pixar, Marvel, or Star Wars characters to race across nine different courses based on Disney, Marvel and Star Wars properties.

CharactersEdit

The following is a list of character figurines that have been released and announced for Disney Infinity 3.0. The starter pack, which includes the game and Infinity Base, contains figures for Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker, and one playset based on Star Wars. Additional figures and playsets are sold in special packs, while certain figures are sold separately.[6] In addition to these new characters, who were introduced for this game, all previous character figures and Power Discs from previous game series will be compatible with this current game, similar to Disney Infinity 2.0.[7]

Franchise Characters Pack Release date Wave
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Anakin Skywalkerh[3] Starter Pack / Twilight of the Republic Playset / Twilight of the Republic playset and software bundle Star Wars Saga Bundle (PS3 and PS4 exclusives) August 30, 2015 Wave 1
Ahsoka Tano[3]
Yodah[3] Single Character Pack
Obi-Wan Kenobih[3]
Darth Maul[3] November 3, 2015 Wave 2
Star Wars Original Trilogy Luke Skywalkerh[3] Rise Against the Empire Playset / Star Wars Saga Bundle (PS3 and PS4 exclusives) August 30 (PS3 and PS4 exclusive) / September 29, 2015 (general retail) Wave 1
Leia Organa[3]
Boba Fett Single Character Pack / Star Wars Saga Bundle (PS3 and PS4 exclusives) August 30, 2015 / February 5, 2016 / March 15, 2016 (general retail)
Han Solo[3] Single Character Pack September 29, 2015
Chewbacca[3]
Darth Vaderh[3]
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Finn The Force Awakens Playset December 18, 2015 Wave 2
Rey
Poe Dameron Single Character Pack
Kylo Renh
Star Wars Rebels Ezra Bridgera August 30, 2015 Wave 1
Kanan Jarrusbh
Sabine Wren c
Zeb Orrelios d
Inside Out Joy Inside Out Playset
Anger
Sadness Single Character Pack
Disgust
Feare
Marvel Cinematic Universe Hulkbuster Iron Man November 3, 2015 Wave 2
Ultron
Black Suit Spider-Man
Captain America: The First Avenger Marvel Battlegrounds Playset March 15, 2016 Wave 3
Ant-Man Single Character Pack
Vision
Black Panther
Disney Originals Mickey Mouse August 30, 2015 Wave 1
Minnie Mouse
Tron: Legacy Sam Flynn
Quorra
Mulan Mulang
Frozen Olaf
The Good Dinosaur Spot November 3, 2015 Wave 2
Zootopia Judy Hopps March 1, 2016 Wave 3
Nick Wilde
The Jungle Book Baloo March 15, 2016
Alice Through the Looking Glass Alice May 24, 2016
Mad Hatter
Time
Finding Dory Nemo June 17, 2016
Dory Finding Dory Playset

Non-playable characters that are included within the game include: General Grievous, Jabba the Hutt, Padme Amidala, C-3PO, R2-D2, Admiral Ackbar, Cad Bane, Mace Windu, Lando Calrissian, Aayla Secura, Plo Koon, Jar Jar Binks, BB-8 and Merlin.

Characters initially planned to appear in Disney Infinity 3.0 but were later cancelled include Doctor Strange, Peter Pan, Spider-Gwen, Hera Syndulla, Goofy, Jafar, and characters from, Moana, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Avatar.[8]

^a : Timed exclusive at Toys "R" Us.
^b : Timed exclusive at Walmart.
^c : Timed exclusive at Target.
^d : Timed exclusive at GameStop.
^e : Timed exclusive at Amazon.com.
^f : Originally exclusive to PlayStation Vita for Disney Infinity 2.0.
^g : Timed exclusive at Best Buy.
^h : Also available as a Light FX Variant.

DevelopmentEdit

Since Disney Infinity, there have been hints of Star Wars joining the line of games. The "ultimate unlocks" in the first two Infinity games were a lightsaber and a landspeeder, respectively. Prior to the release of Disney Infinity 2.0 in 2014, series producer John Vignocchi hinted that a future installment could have characters from Lucasfilm.[9] The title's existence was first revealed following a leak from Chinese retailer Taobao showing potential character and figure designs for the third installment.[10] German retailer Saturn would later leak images of the game's Starter Pack featuring the characters of Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.[11] The game was officially revealed by Game Informer on May 5, 2015.[12][13]

Studio Gobo and Ninja Theory were among development groups that worked on the game's Playsets.[3] In order to create a more complex combat system, compared to the first two installments, Disney decided to also have Ninja Theory revamp the game's combat, after LucasArts had expressed interest in working with the company.[2]

ReleaseEdit

Disney Infinity 3.0 was released on August 30, 2015 in North America. The Starter Pack, which includes the game disc, Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano character figurines, one playset piece (Twilight of the Republic), one web card and the Disney Infinity Base, was released on the game's launch. The game also received a digital download release.[3] Exclusively in Europe, Disney Infinity 3.0 had a game disc only release without the figurines, web cards and Disney Infinity Base, that are included in the Starter Pack.[3]

A Saga Bundle Starter Pack was available at launch for the PS3 and PS4. It contains the basic starter pack, Rise Against the Empire playset, and Boba Fett figure. Boba Fett was a timed exclusive to this pack, and was released on his own on March 15, 2016.

Power Disc Packs, which unlock additional content in the game, are no longer sold in blind packs, contrary to the use of blind packs in the previous two Disney Infinity series games.[3] Instead, power discs were released in identifiable packaging.[3]

A special Power Disc, based on Mickey Mouse's Kingdom Hearts role, was given out at Disney's 2015 D23 Expo. Controversially, it is an expo exclusive and will not be sold in stores. Despite this, it does not affect a player's chance to get 100% completion.[14]

ReceptionEdit

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings (PS4) 83.50%[15]
Metacritic (PS4) 80/100[16]
Review scores
Publication Score
Game Informer 8.5/10[17]
GameSpot 8/10[18]
GameTrailers 8.2[19]
IGN 8.9/10[20]

Disney Infinity 3.0 received very positive reviews from video game critics who praised the refinements to the Toy Box, Play Sets, combat, and reduced bugs.

End of non-console supportEdit

Between the March 2016 releases of the Marvel Battlegrounds Play Set and the then-new Marvel and Baloo figures, and the cancellation of the Disney Infinity series, players of the Windows, mobile and Apple TV versions noticed that the game was not updated for those platforms to support the new figures or Play Set. In a reply to a user's tweet on Twitter, the official Disney Infinity account confirmed that at this time, the new content will only be available on console."[21][22][23]

ClosureEdit

Due to Disney's decision to shut down Avalanche Software and end its toys-to-life business, Disney began to gradually retire the Disney Infinity franchise, leaving it as a trilogy. On July 29, 2016, the in-game purchase system was completely removed for the Windows (except the Steam version), iOS, Android, and Apple TV versions of the game. On September 30, 2016, the Windows (standalone launcher version), Apple TV, Google, and Amazon versions of the game were removed from their respective online stores (and became unplayable), and new toybox submissions ceased to be accepted. The Steam versions of 2.0 and 3.0 were also taken down with Disney Interactive announcing that "Gold Editions" of all installments of the trilogy will be provided to allow continued use of the full games and all their content after the online servers are shut down.[24] Anyone who purchased downloadable content for those versions in-game or via Steam will receive the "Gold Editions" for free, and any webcodes that were redeemed will still apply.[24] Disney released the "Gold Editions" of all three Disney Infinity games—including the first game, which was previously never released either on Steam or in a full version (with playsets) on PC—on December 9, 2016 via Steam.[25] The original Steam releases of the second and third games were completely delisted and disabled.[25] On January 3, 2017, in-game purchases in the Windows 8/10 versions (from the Windows Store) were disabled as well. On the morning of March 3, 2017, in addition to the discontinuation of all aforementioned online services, Disney also shut down all officially related websites, including Online Profiles linked to Disney Accounts and the official forums. Apple TV and Windows 8/10 versions were unplayable as well on that day.

AwardsEdit

List of awards and nominations
Award Category Result Ref.
The Game Awards 2015 Best Family Game Nominated [26]
2016 Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Video Game Nominated [27]
2016 Toy Of The Year Awards E-Connected Toy Of The Year Won [28]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Additional work by Ninja Theory, Studio Gobo, Sumo Digital, Heavy Iron Studios, United Front Games

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Cork, Jeff (July 8, 2015). "Disney Infinity 3.0 Piles Into Living Rooms Late August". Game Informer. Retrieved July 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Hilliard, Kyle. "Fighting The Clone Wars: Ninja Theory's Take On Star Wars". Game Informer. Retrieved 17 May 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Robertson, Andy (May 8, 2015). "Everything We Know About 'Disney Infinity 3.0' 'Star Wars'". Forbes. Forbes. Retrieved May 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ Robertson, Andy (October 12, 2015). "Disney Infinity: The Force Awakens Dated, Adds Kylo Ren And Poe Dameron". Forbes. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  5. ^ Valdes, Giancarlo (December 9, 2015). "Disney Infinity's Star Wars: The Force Awakens lets John Boyega play with himself". VentureBeat. Retrieved December 22, 2015. 
  6. ^ "DISNEY INFINITY 3.0 REVEALED". Disney Infinity. May 5, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Our 7 Favorite Things About Disney Infinity 3.0". Disney Lifestyle. Walt Disney. May 2015. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  8. ^ Klepek, Patrick (May 12, 2016). "Sources: The Ambitious (Now Cancelled) Plans For Disney Infinity's Future Included Rogue One, Bigger Figures". Kotaku. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ McMillan, Graeme (August 26, 2012). "Will 'Disney Infinity' Add 'Star Wars' in 2015?". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Rumor: Disney Infinity 3.0 character lineup to feature Olaf, Mulan, Inside-Out, and more". Nintendo Everything. April 20, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Rumor: Star Wars figures to be a part of Disney Infinity 3.0". Nintendo Everything. April 20, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  12. ^ Cork, Jeff (May 5, 2015). "June Cover Revealed – Disney Infinity 3.0". Game Informer. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Disney Infinity 3.0 officially confirmed, featured in this month's Game Informer". Nintendo Everything. May 5, 2015. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  14. ^ http://infinityinquirer.com/2015/08/17/psa-the-king-mickey-power-disc-is-not-in-hall-of-heroes-will-not-affect-100-completion-or-achivements/
  15. ^ "Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition". gamerankings.com. GameRankings. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition PlayStation 4". metacritic.com. Metacritic. Retrieved July 4, 2016. 
  17. ^ "Disney Infinity 3.0". gameinformer.com. Game Informer. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  18. ^ "Disney Infinity 3.0 Review". gamespot.com. GameSpot. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  19. ^ Jones, Brandon. "Disney Infinity 3.0 – Review". gametrailers.com. GameTrailers. Retrieved 29 August 2014. 
  20. ^ "Disney Infinity 3.0 Review". ign.com. IGN. Retrieved August 28, 2015. 
  21. ^ @DisneyInfinity (March 12, 2016). "At this time, the new content will only be available on console. We will certainly make the community aware if that changes!" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  22. ^ Seeto, Damian (March 15, 2016). "Disney Infinity 3.0 PC Won't Be Getting Future Updates Or Content". Attack of the Fanboy. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  23. ^ Parreno, Ryan (March 15, 2016). "Disney ‘Evaluating’ PC Strategy For Disney Infinity, No New Content For 2016". Gameranx. Retrieved March 19, 2016. 
  24. ^ a b "9/30: Disney Infinity Update". steamcommunity.com. Disney Interactive Studios. 30 September 2016. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2016. 
  25. ^ a b Friedman, Nicholas (10 December 2016). "Disney Infinity Gold Editions released on Steam". WWG. ComicBook.com. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  26. ^ "Nominees | The Game Awards 2015". The Game Awards. Ola Balola. November 12, 2015. Archived from the original on November 14, 2015. Retrieved November 13, 2015. 
  27. ^ Harrison, Lily. "Kids Choice Awards-2016 Nominations Are In Jennifer Lawrence Chris Pratt Anna Kendrick More Favorites Named". E! Online. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  28. ^ "America Votes for TOTY – E-Connected Toy". TIA's ToyAwards.org. February 12, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2016. 

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