In what may seem to some as a surprise move, Disney has decided it will no longer remain in the business of video games. That doesn’t mean we won’t see any new video games with Disney’s name on them, it just means that Disney won’t be making them. To clarify, we’re talking about console games which would include Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo as well as Apple TV.
Looks like Disney Interactive will be going away, as will the Disney Infinity game franchise. Infinity, which was originally released in 2013, was Disney’s answer to Skylanders. And it seemed to be doing fairly well too. Now on the 3.0 (a.k.a. Star Wars edition), there’s still a bit more story to be told as we will see characters and levels from Disney’s Alice: Through the Looking Glass as well as Pixar’s Finding Dory later this year.
There will still be Disney-licensed games in the future, they will just go to licensees like Electronic Arts for development.
Here’s the official word (and a final farewell) on upcoming Disney Infinity from their official blog:
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.