A couple months ago, it was announced that the ongoing Disney Infinity project is being shut down, its development studio shuttered, and that Disney is exiting the video game publishing business. Evidently, it was ultimately due to issues with turning profits from the overstock of unsold toys. It was only a matter of time, then, until online would be pulled from the existing game, and Disney has recently shed light on what the process of this will look like.
The process has already begun today, with online support and services being procedurally removed from the various versions of the game across all platforms. Some versions of the game will even be removed entirely. Fortunately, Nintendo users will still have some extra time, as the online and community support for consoles will still be up until 3rd March, 2017. After that, online in Disney Infinity will close down for good, but you will still have full access to all toys and play sets that are compatible with the game.
What do you think? Are you disappointed to see the end of online in this game? What did you think of Disney Infinity? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
This is where I think Nintendo might have the right idea. Rather than linking one game series with one set of toys, you get use across multiple games (hypothetically). There's more value to the toys with Amiibo than with things like Skylanders and Infinitey.
And the Amiibo integration is improving. Kirby's Robobot was a great use of the entire system, and I'm also really happy with the Wolf Link integration for Breath of the Wild.
I know Nintendo recently reported a downswing, and I think they're still looking for a 'killer app' with Amiibo, but all this cross-game/platform use is still working for me.
I will go sailing no more.
Is this specific to 1.0 or all 3 versions?
I'm really gonna miss Disney Infinity, but it truthfully was more of a proof-of-concept rather than a fully developed idea imo.
EDIT: Did a little research; it's for all three versions, unsurprisingly. Shame.
Meanwhile, I'm still playing online on CoD:BO on my Wii... Say what you want about Activision, but at least you know your online will be supported.
"Evidently, it was ultimately due to issues with turning profits from the overstock of unsold toys."
I wonder what this will mean for Nintendo and maintaining high amiibo sales. I see @DrRandle already commented about this before I had a chance to, though I have to disagree. Even with its cross-compatibility, I don't think Nintendo can keep the momentum for amiibo going for much longer.
Nintendo has already exhausted through a good portion of their most iconic and liable to sell well characters. Sure, we're getting more Link figures with BoTW, for instance, but I, for one, am tired of getting the same characters released with different poses.
Plus, while amiibo work with multiple games, their functionality is often very minimal. There's very little reason to buy amiibo, save for collectors' purposes. UFO Kirby looks cool, but I'm certainly not going to buy a second Kirby amiibo just for it.
I am, however, very excited for the second wave of Mario amiibo, and I can't wait to add Waluigi and the like to my collection. I just think this Disney Infinity ordeal serves as proof that the toys-to-life market is dwindling. Lego Dimensions may keep things afloat for a little while, but I don't know. Does anyone know if Skylanders figures are continuing to sell well?
@bherdm I thought online was discontinued on Wii. Unless you're using the homebrew channel
@SLIGEACH_EIRE best use of a pic in a comment in ages!!
I don't even play this game but this annoys me! Sets a horrible president imo that games can just be 'switched off' because there isn't enough $$ in it anymore for them regardless of demands.
@whiffy5 No, online wasn't discontinued on Wii, Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection was. Only games that used it had their online shut down. The few games that didn't use it, including Call of Duty, still have their online services intact. (The Wii Shop Channel, Netflix, and other apps are also still supported.)
@DrRandle I agree. As an owner of the majority of amiibo I've been enjoying most of the intergration. It isn't perfect but I use them daily unlike my DI figures that are collecting dust when I am not playing the game. I still hope for an amiibo only game or two to coinside with the functionality but I think Nintendo's approach can last longer.
This is such bullpoo. I love Disney Infinity and have all three! I just got 3.0 several months ago and they're shutting off the online next spring?! I am so Nibelsnarfed off. The online multiplayer is the whole Nibelsnarf point for me!
@Lunarsickness - please remember the site rules re. profanity. Thanks.
Oh, NintendoLife, that pun. You could have had a friend in me, but such punnery won't make a man out of you.
The word here is bovine fecal matter.
The game exists to get people (mostly kids) to buy the figures, which is where the profit comes from, so the game being shut down is no surprise.
@Not_Soos Skylanders didn't do very well last year and I'm not expecting this year to be much better. It should be out in a few months but it's been very quiet. I don't think toys to life is dead though, I think it's just beginning. Level 5 had at least 1 game announced this week, maybe 2, only in Japan for now. And speaking of limited Nintendo IP, which I've always thought would be a problem, I do think they could still sell all 700 Pokémon in Japan. OK maybe not 700, but 20 starters and another 20 legendaries, plus some fan favotires, so amino aren't quite dead yet.
@SLIGEACH_EIRE Nice. Sad, but nice.
I'm surprised NL is covering this, got the email a few hours ago and I wasn't sure there would be enough interest here to merit an article.
Looks like this game is about to get infinitely worse . Good thing I never bought any of these.
Doesn't matter to me at all. I never used the online functions, just played locally, built out my own toy box levels for my own enjoyment, and still love doing all of that. I still have TONS of ideas that I have yet to fully realize, looking forward to playing Infinity for a long time to come
I'm actually hoping one positive thing will come out of the internet functions being removed - being able to create text-based quests. So often I'd enter in text for a character to say, only to have it be rejected because I couldn't connect to the internet for it to go through the Infinity auto-text filter system. And it's a long process to enter in text, try and connect, have it fail, and then have all that text deleted. So maybe when the online functions are gone, you can just enter in text and not have to go through a second step! I'm hopeful
IDGAF about Disney... but note to self... 'don't buy Disney, they might not be online in 6 months'
Well, Disney Infinity is a few years old, so maybe they want to lure people to buy leftover stock of DI3 and its toys?
They closed the studio that made the game so I don't understand why there's any surprise or outcry about this.
DI was a great game with so much potential to continue on for years to come. Such a shame it had to end. My kids and I will continue to enjoy the expansive amount of quality gameplay that is readily available offline, probably for years to come.
Now here's hoping that Disney will license the use of DI figures in some future licensed game. Seems like a long shot and pure wishful thinking, but also totally possible. Also, Disney and Star Wars characters in Lego Dimensions.
I'm thinking about picking up some Infinity figures and play sets. I'm not a big online guy so the community aspect and multiplayer online parts don't concern me. As long as the main games still work with the figures i'm interested. I'm seeing incredible sales everywhere. Amazon has starter packs with several figures, play sets and the game for like $25. That's a great value to start, I think. I want to know about Toy Box. Can someone answer about Toy Box? Is that an online feature that I would need connectivity to use? If so, that may be a big turn off. Or, can I download what I need for Toy Box when I purchase the content and then I have everything I need (granted, no updates of course). That's guys!! Toys to Life are on sale everywhere and I'm thinking about picking some up. Amazon also has Lego Dimensions Starter Packs on sale for half price. It pays to wait!
When i realized Disney got Star Wars, Marvel Heroes series, Wrecked Ralph, my interest about Disney game suddenly fall down to nearly zero interest. I don't like at all those infusion that make my interest about Disney characters ruined. Well, some Pixar series a little bit help but i never like Star Wars, Marvel heroes, etc because in my opinion they are too mainstream, boring, too Western, and practically i have nearly zero interest about actions and superhero genre. But, when Disney franchises adapted by SquareEnix for Kingdom Heart series, at least it raised my interest a little bit about new Disney characters. I'm interested more with Disney franchises when their IP worked by Japanese developer, not by Western developer. Sorry, just my personal opinion about Disney franchise.
I find it funny how quick it turned into hot garbage and how easy it is for companies to bone their consumers without any uproar.
The game is playable enough, but for those that loved the Toy Box updates or especially contributing them instead of just keeping them local, it's a big loss. Not to mention the mobile players. If that was your only DI experience you are going to lose everything.
I really don't see the point of the slash-and-burn strategy here. Plenty of potential ill-will where it was at least a positive advertising gain. It was like paying for advertising, sure, but obviously someone at Disney didn't see it that way. Ah, well.
Oh that typo!
Don't remind me!
@Nintendofan83 Don't need online to play in the Toy Box. It's just that one cool feature is you can share Toy Box environments you make and use others there are hundreds you could download. The sharing and downloading part is going away. Making your own and saving them locally will work just fine.
Mobile and Windows and Apple TV versions I think are losing out on all functionality I think, but the console versions should be fun to play with for ages.
says a lot about activision that their creations that don't have anywhere near the pull of disney characters can actually sustain their business model. it's like their COD for KIDS with annual releases. those buggers don't even have their own cartoon or anything. it really is just the toys. imo, disney infinity should never have been in-house. they should farm that out to nintendo.
So wait, if Disney is leaving the video game publishing business, what does that mean for Kingdom Hearts?
@Captain_Gonru Finished watching season 5 tonight, the last 3 epsidoes. Or should I say the last 2 epsidoes and WTF were they thinking? Going to watch the Tokyo movie over the weekend which will hopefully remove memories of that last episode. So so bad. Beast boy is stalking high school girls in the high school hallways? It was turning into Trainspotting.
I really like DI 3.0. I have barely touched the online stuff, though. This doesn't bother me one bit.
Don't forget Disney Magical World 2 3DS.
Well if Disney actually made good gaes instead of crappy Olafs Quest and other B rated games then maybe they wouldent have had such bad luck. They had good luck with series like Epic Mickey and Spectrobe. If they made a Spectrobe WiiU with MANY Enhancements like Space travel, better combat system, larger worlds, ect. then I think it would of sold well. And a new Epic Micky with more of the dark style of the first then I think it would of done great. Ofcourse your gonna lost money when your entire game buisness lies on 1 game that gets a new version about every year, and also a ton of B rated games to promote your movies.
@bubby444 Kingdom hearts just uses Disney franchises, Disney leaving the gaming industry dosent mean that their done with all gaming. They still got a wide range of apps they own, as well as more their gonna make. As well as the inclusion of characters in the KH franchise
@Lunarsickness very sorry I don't post much and overlooked profanity rule. From now on I'll Looney Tune my naughty words. Nintendolife rules!
@AlexSora89 high five for the Mulan reference! That movie doesnt get enough love.
I played 2.0 and it was all wonky and buggy. We put it away after not figuring out how to make things work properly and haven't touched it since. It's a shame since I love Disney characters but Marvel and Star Wars did nothing for me.
Disney + Dark stories/Environments = So much yes!
...so, does this mean they'll let Lego have Marvel and Star Wars for Dimensions now? That would be an effective next step if Lego Dimensions continues to do well.
I never really saw the merit to toys to life. I mean, it's cool to have some figures of your favorite characters that go along with a game, but the massive prices of them have kept me away.
Really sad news the toy box is a real hidden gem, such a great creation, shame they cutting the online off.
Nice to see this happened after they slammed amiibo stock shortages and said they'd never let that happen.
Disney Infinity was always a cheap afterthought made by a B team. Not surprised in the slightest its being shut down.
[EDIT: the issue has been somewhat solved - there is apparently no transfer from Android to console in general, but now it looks like at least one store in Minsk did amass a stock of figurines from WDAS/Pixar works. So mine is not a lost case yet XD]
It's a real shame I only discovered the game recently - Infinity was one of Disney's most interesting video game projects in general. For me it's not even about the figurines, pretty great as I'll readily admit they look - it's about the minecraft-esque sandbox atmosphere allowing to collect so much stuff from Disney legacy and franchises and use it to send favourite characters on adventures in various and often multiple genres. From environments and tasks to stories and dialogues and NPC scripts - such a toolset for creativity! Watching Infinity TV staff's picks in various charts alone was an overwhelming sight for me. And now it's getting canned. Good thing that at least the console versions aren't children of their age in terms of obligatory logins and obligatory wi-fi.
Ah, so this could explain why Walmart had the 3.0 starter kit marked down to $20 when I went there yesterday.
This knocks Disney as a whole down to me. My family loves Disney. Sure their big business, but this effectively kills all of the money spent from families across the globe.
At the very least, this would have allowed for new content. Sure it was fan generated, but that's what made it fun. Now nothing.
@MitchVogel I got most of my Disney Infinitys for less than £5
Thank you, I'm glad to be part of your world but to be fair @MitchVogel started it and I couldn't let it go, as much as my puns could be out there. What can I say, such is the circle of life, and when you poor unfortunate souls write puns, you oughta be prepared.
Well, duh, she's a girl worth fighting for! People who say otherwise have got to have a frozen heart not to admit her reflection gave honor to us all.
I'd like another good MIckey game. Just a solid mickey platformer. Or rescuers.
Just some classic franchise/IP and a simple game.
Amiibo definitely needs to step it up. Costumes and skins are good in some but then not in all games. Make Believe had a great bit on potential Amiibo application in splatoon unlocking gear which would be amazing. There are too many games that don't have it and not enough use for already released amiibo.
If the new zelda game doesn't use link, zelda, ganondorf and shiek (screw Toon link) I'll be pretty pissed. I agree that rereleased toys with new poses is retarded. The first one didn't do anything, why do I want another?
DIsney infinity was guilty of this - the deluxe (clear) versions of characters. Silly.
Sooo... Not producing enough amiibo is "disrespectful of fans" but ending Infinity without much explanation to fans, and closing the servers is pretty cool?
@Captain_Gonru ""Fourth Wall"
I'm going to watch it right now. I'll be back.
Well, my wife is ROTFL and I have "the tears", so thank you very much for that. It almost made watching that episode worth watching just for that. Bouyah!
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