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Disney ‘Infinity’ blurs physical, digital realms

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  • New video game mixes characters from all Disney worlds
  • Infinity 'one of the most creative things in the interactive world'

Disney announced an ambitious new multimedia project at a Hollywood conference Tuesday that marks the first time all of its well known characters will be together in the same video game.

Called “Disney Infinity,” the sandbox title will bring the worlds of Pixar and Disney together with an interesting new twist. Using a device called the Infinity Base, collectible Disney toys can actually appear in the game.

There are 17 characters to collect, along with 40 interactive pieces that allow players to expand and customize their experiences. “Power Discs” will also be available to lend special powers and gadgets to your in-game characters.

Launching for PCs, PlayStation 3, Wii, Wii U and Xbox 360 this summer -- as well as tablets and mobile devices later down the line -- “Infinity” boasts the ability to let its characters exist and interact in one game across multiple platforms. It also offers a cooperative mode for two players called “structured adventures,” as well as a four-player mode called “Toy Box.”

“Infinity” will launch this June with three Play Sets based on popular franchises: “The Incredibles,” “Monsters University,” and “Pirates of the Caribbean.” These Play Sets will stay within their respective worlds. However, things get really fun when players import them into Toy Box, which allows players to mix and match characters, vehicles and more from the Disney and Pixar universes. If you’ve ever dreamt of partnering Stitch with Wreck-it-Ralph and Jack Skellington for a gallop across custom universes, it’s time for you to get your fingers ready.

Disney Interactive President John Pleasants described “Infinity” as a “magical gaming experience,” telling the audience that the platform would grow and add more characters over time.

The game/toy interactivity has been tried before, notably in the “Skylanders” video game series, but the ability to bring together any of the beloved characters in Disney’s universe gives “Infinity” a special kind of shine, building on the company’s longstanding fan base.

The “Disney Infinity” starter pack will retail for $74.99, while Play Sets will retail for $34.99, and figure three packs for $29.99.

“This is one of the most creative things in the interactive world that I’ve ever seen,” John Lassiter, chief creative officer at Pixar and Walt Disney Animation, said. “I’m really excited.”

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