Disney has announced it is stepping away from developing and publishing consoles games, and will be discontinuing the Disney Infinity series. As a result, the company will be closing down Avalanche Software, its in-house development studio.
“By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity,” reads the official statement from Disney. “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.”
Disney is still planning to release two final pieces of content for Disney Infinite 3.0, including three new character figurines for Alice Through the Looking Glass later in May, and the Finding Dory Play Set in June. The planned Star Wars: Rogue One characters and Play Set are no longer happening.
In a statement given to VentureBeat, Disney confirmed it is shutting down Avalanche Software. “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. This means that we will be shutting down Avalanche, our internal studio that developed the game.”
From now on, we can expect Disney to focus more on mobile games and licensing its franchise to third-party developers, like they did with EA and the Star Wars franchise back in 2013.Some of our posts include links to online retail stores. We get a small cut if you buy something through one of our links. Don't worry, it doesn't cost you anything extra.