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Disney cancels Infinity

Disney cancels Infinity

Avalanche Software will be closed as a result, with 300 developers losing their jobs.

Amidst growing development costs and poor sales results, Disney has made the decision to cease production and support for the Disney Infinity toys-to-life range.

After initial success with Disney Infinity 1.0, the publisher has seen sales slow since the release of 2.0 and 3.0, with the publisher last year confirming that 2016 would see the release of a new series (4.0).

The Wall Street Journal reports that Disney will take a US$147-million writedown in cancelling the range.

An Alice Through The Looking Glass play set is still due to hit stores in late May, with the Finding Dory range the last to go on sale in June.

James Pitaro, consumer products and interactive chairman at Disney, said they will “exclusively” focus on a licensing model moving forward, having kicked things off with 2015’s Star Wars Battlefront title with EA.

As a result of the cancellation, Disney will close the title’s developer, Avalanche Software. This will see around 300 developers lose their jobs.

Here is the full statement from Disney’s John Blackburn:

By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. 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.

Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.

So what’s next for Disney Infinity? We have two final retail releases coming, including three new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month, and the Finding Dory Play Set launching in June.

And as we turn to the next chapter in our story, I want to thank everyone who helped bring Disney Infinity to life, particularly Disney’s Glendale-based production and publishing teams, our external development partners, and of course the incredible Avalanche team for their tireless dedication to this project.

But most of all, I want to again thank you for making Disney Infinity a part of your lives—and for adding to the Disney legacy by being a part of this community.

Disney will still continue to publish mobile games.


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