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Disney canceled ‘Iron Man’ game to focus on ‘Disney Infinity’

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Disney has a lot riding on Disney Infinity, the upcoming video game that will allow players to mix and match characters from different properties — for instance, Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr. Incredible — using collectible figures and a special scanner. The media giant’s fledgling Disney Interactive Studios has reportedly spent more than $100 million on development, even as the division laid off more than 500 employees and suffered $1.41 billion in losses from other ventures.

To free up resources for Disney Infinity, which seems like an all-or-nothing situation, The Wall Street Journal contends Disney also stopped production on an Iron Man video game that was planned to be released this year, and passed on chance to produce Star Wars video games following its $4.05 billion purchase of Lucasfilm.

The last part isn’t a surprise, as Disney shut down LucasArts in April, ending development of Star Wars 1313 and Stars Wars: First Assault and shifting to a licensing model for Star Wars games. However, that Iron Man game was never announced, but it presumably would’ve been tied to Marvel’s Iron Man 3 … the highest-grossing film of the year (to date it’s grossed $1.2 billion worldwide; it arrives on Blu-ray and DVD next month). Clearly, Disney really, really needs Disney Infinity to pay off.

Disney offered a preview of Disney Infinity over the weekend at D23 Expo.

(via Gamespot)

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Games based on movies are almost always terrible, though, what with the rush through development to get the game out on time to match the movie release date. Hence they’re usually buggy, uninspired, lazy, and completely banking on the marketing of the movie to sell the game. I don’t think there’s much loss if the Iron Man 3 game got shelved for something they’re spending more time and resources on.

Well considering that the Marvel characters may possible see themselves ‘Infini’-sized at some point leading to future youngsters entering the world of Marvel and comics, I’ll take it over another disappointing movie video game.

christianizcool

August 17, 2013 at 2:57 am

Wait, is this Disney Infinity game like a Smash Bros knock off but with Disney characters? If so, that sounds really fun

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