Characters’ Controversy: Disney Infinity’s Questionable Roster


August seems like a big month for gaming, with so many notable titles coming out, one of which is “Disney Infinity”. This isn’t like any of the normal games; it’s a game played with toy figures and an infinity base. That’s right, Disney Interactive Studios is launching its own version of Skylanders. The game comes with toy figures and a USB device called the “infinity base”, using these, players must interact with the game and play through a toy set. It certainly seems an interesting idea. It will be releasing on lots of platforms including Wii, Wii U, 3DS, PS3, Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. Along with the infinity base and figurines, players can customize their characters by attaching power discs to them, giving them perks such as additional health.

The game features two playable modes: Play Set and Toy Box. The play set is a story mode with multiple playable sets and its characters and storylines are specific and cannot be overlapped with other play sets. The toy box is a self-customizable mode where players may put in whatever characters they choose into a custom environment and storyline.

The game seems innovative but the controversy with this game is about the characters that make it to the final product; who makes the cut and who doesn’t? The currently known roster includes:
Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Dash, Violet, Syndrome, Edna “E” Mode, Mirage, Rick Dicker, Jack Sparrow,  Hector Barbossa, Davy Jones, Joshamee Gibbs, Pintel and Ragetti, Tia Dalma, Jack Skellington, James P. Sullivan, Mike Wazowski, Randall Boggs, Toy Story[5], Sheriff Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie, Bullseye, Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope Von Schweetz, Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater, Francesco Bernoulli, Holley Shiftwell, Phineas Flynn, Ferb Fletcher, Perry the Platypus

Seeing the list, the first thing that comes to mind is the lack of Disney classics like Mickey Mouse itself. As far as I know, they are not being included, for now at least.

That being said, we also know that Disney has been an owner of Star Wars brand as of October 2012, when it bought the company for $4.05 billion. It’ll be interesting to see if characters from Star Wars will be included. Considering Star Wars’ huge fan following, it wouldn’t be a bad move to roll them in. However, it doesn’t seem they will be a part of the release. So it’s a no-go for Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, for now.

Disney hasn’t announced the final roster and will be releasing characters, perhaps, even after the release of the game itself. Disney states, their top priority is releasing the platform on time. So, just hold on tight and hope Disney gets it right!

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