Disney Infinity at an end, Avalanche will be closed

Despite the popularity of Disney Infinity 3.0, due to a large part to its Star Wars playsets, Disney has made the decision to end the series and close Avalanche studio. They also announced that they will be getting out of self publishing games altogether, as sales were down. The following statement was made by Disney to IGN:

“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. This means that we will be shutting down Avalanche, our internal studio that developed the game. This was a difficult decision that we did not take lightly given the quality of Disney Infinity and its many passionate fans.”

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John Blackburn, senior vice president general manager, thanked the fans of the series for their “support over the years” and “for creating a community” around the popular toys-to-life franchise. Disney had announced earlier that there would be no Infinity 4.0 this year, and will not be making an appearance at E3 in June. Disney Infinity held the top spot among games of this type, beating out Skylanders and Lego Dimensions.

Despite the news and closing, fans will still be getting a bit more Disney Infinity this year, with sets that will include characters from the upcoming movies Alice Through the Looking Glass and Finding Dory. Those playsets are said to be arriving in June.

Thomas Juretus

Born in 1963. Enjoy videogames, movies, comics- anything that tells a story. Have written three novels (The Zarchler Chronicles Book One: The Cassandra Crisis, Shalgroth The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Two, Madman's War The Zarchler Chronicles: Book Three) all published and available through PublishAmerica. Currently working on my fourth book, a sci-fi/murder mystery.

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