It is a sad sad for Disney Infinity fans. Disney has announced that they would be canceling their popular toys-to-life series of games.
Disney has decided to get out of the business of self-publishing games altogether and would rather transition exclusively to a licensing model. This means that Disney had to close the studio behind the development of the game, Avalanche Studios.
In a statement on the official blog, senior vice president and general manager John Blackburn wanted to thank the fans for all their support over the years, and for creating a community around the brand. He hoped that fans had just as much fun playing the games as they had making them.
By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you—our fans—and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for creating a community that made Disney Infinity more than just a game.
Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.
So what’s next for Disney Infinity? We have two final retail releases coming, including three new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month, and the Finding Dory Play Set launching in June.
And as we turn to the next chapter in our story, I want to thank everyone who helped bring Disney Infinity to life, particularly Disney’s Glendale-based production and publishing teams, our external development partners, and of course the incredible Avalanche team for their tireless dedication to this project.
But most of all, I want to again thank you for making Disney Infinity a part of your lives—and for adding to the Disney legacy by being a part of this community.
Although the news is shocking, it seems all the warning signs of a cancellation were there as Disney announced earlier this year that there would be no Disney Infinity 4.0, and that they would not be present at E3 this year. Infinity has beaten out Skylanders and even Lego Dimensions over the years, becoming the most popular toys-to-life brand.
Disney Infinity was an action-adventure sandbox video game developed by Avalanche Software and published by Disney Interactive Studios. It was announced on January 15, 2013 and developed for approximately $100 million.