Disney Infinity Discontinued, Avalanche Software to Close
Disney Infinity Discontinued
The toys-to-life game Disney Infinity has been discontinued, Disney Interactive has announced.
Not only will the game cease to be produced but Disney is getting out of self-publishing games altogether by also announcing that the game’s developer Avalanche Software will close.
In a statement on Disney Interactive’s blog, Avalanche Software’s CEO John Blackburn said:
“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.
“We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.”
The platform will have two final retail releases this year including three new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month and the Finding Dory Play Set which will arrive in June.
The closure of Avalanche Software means the loss of around 300 jobs while the shuttering of the studio and the discontinuation of Disney’s self-publishing console games business is reportedly costing the company $147 million.
In a statement to IGN, Disney said:
“After a thorough evaluation, we have modified our approach to console gaming and will transition exclusively to a licensing model.
“This shift in strategy means we will cease production of Disney Infinity, where the lack of growth in the toys-to-life market, coupled with high development costs, has created a challenging business model.”
Although Disney will no longer be self-publishing games we will still see games based on Disney properties released by third-party publishers such as EA, who have exclusive development of games based on the Star Wars property.