The highly promoted videogame had been targeted for June to coincide with the release of Monsters University. Disney Infinity will include a host of Disney characters including Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story as well as members of The Incredibles. Players personalize the game by collecting characters, vehicles, and gadgets and saving them to a virtual Toy Box they use in the game — sort of like Activision Blizzard’s Skylanders which has generated more than $1 billion in sales since its 2011 arrival, according to the New York Times. Disney Interactive Co-President John Pleasants told the NYT that retailers had pushed for an introduction date closer to the holiday season. The August 18 rollout means much less of the major release of the game will be counted in Disney’s fiscal year that ends in September. The interactive unit, which also includes Disney’s web and mobile platforms, hasn’t had a profitable year since it was formed in 2008. It generated $9 million in operating income on $291 million in revenue last quarter.
Disney Infinity allows players to use characters from Disney franchises, including Monsters University, Pirates Of the Caribbean and The Incredibles. Disney unveiled the gaming platform today in Los Angeles. Throughout each story-driven experience, called a Play Set, players will solve challenging puzzles, battle enemies and explore iconic locations from famous Disney properties, while collecting unique characters, vehicles, and gadgets from each world and saving them to a virtual Toy Box, Disney Interactive said in a statement. Players can access their Toy Box and build and customize their own unique virtual world using their favorite characters, vehicles, settings and accessories. Disney Infinity will launch in June across all consoles and will have a phased roll out across mobile and online devices throughout 2013. Development for Disney Infinity is being led by Disney Interactive and Avalanche Software. Click over to read the full release: