'Disney Infinity' platform announced, brings physical toys into virtual game world (update: pricing)

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As predicted by our friends at Polygon, Disney today announced Disney Infinity, a new platform of interconnected video games that will leverage the company's most famous characters from films past and present. Collectible action figures will also see integration with the game, allowing players to unlock new environments ("Play Sets" as Disney calls them) and earn new characters. It's a formula we've seen before in titles like Skylanders, though Disney holds the advantage of a vast catalog of characters with universal appeal. Each Play Set will come with its own accompanying storyline, but gamers will also be able to let their imaginations run wild with a Toy Box mode that lets them intermix characters, settings, and props from a wide variety of Disney IPs. Created universes can then be shared online for others to dive into.

The first sandbox-style Disney Infinity release will arrive on consoles and mobile devices in June, featuring Play Sets for The Incredibles, Monsters University and Pirates of the Caribbean. "This is one of the most creative things in the interactive world that I've ever seen," said John Lasseter, acclaimed Pixar director and Disney's head of Imagineering. Over 40 collectible pieces and 17 toy characters will be available, making Infinity one of Disney's most ambitious and customizable gaming projects yet.

Update: Disney Infinity will cost $74.99 for a starter kit with a base and three figures, including Mr. Incredible from The Incredibles, Sully from Monsters Inc, and Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean. Additional figures will cost $12.99 each or $29.99 for a pack of three. New habitats, called "Play Sets" will cost $34.99 each, and Power Discs, which can enhance a character's abilities, will run $4.99. Yes, your wallet is going to get quite the wallop.

You can check out a hands-on preview of the game right here at Polygon, our sister site.

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