Disney Interactive seems to be making the most from its Marvel connection, having just announced a Guardians of the Galaxy Play Set for the upcoming Disney Infinity 2.0. The set is due to launch later this year, some time after the release of The Avengers starter pack, encompassing all five main characters.
Since its debut almost a year ago, Disney Infinity has supported two main types of physical expansions. On one hand you have the Toy Box sets, unlocking new characters to play with and items to use within the game’s creation mode. Meanwhile Play Sets offer a much sweeter deal, not only unlocking new characters but an entire standalone world populated with story-driven missions and challenges that usually clock in at around 6-8 hours.
Guardian of the Galaxy will be following this latter format, laying out an entire adventure for players to explore. It is being developed by the same team that created the Pirates Play Set in the original Disney Infinity, arguably the best one there is.
One of the biggest problems in Disney Infinity was locking content to certain characters. For instance Mike and Sully from the Monsters Inc. Play Set would be completely incompatible in, say, The Incredibles, or Pirates sets. What’s worse is that many of the characters sold in subsequent Toy Box expansions (such as Wreck-it Ralph and cast of Frozen) were also incompatible, having little use outside the Toy Box mode.
2.0 is looking to remedy this somewhat, however, allowing some characters to cross between Play Sets. As part of the announcement, Disney Interactive confirmed that Iron Man and Nova will work with in Guardians of the Galaxy and can fight alongside Star Lord, Rocket Raccoon and the rest of the crew. The press release also confirmed reports that Spider-Man and Venom will star in their own Play Set, presumably launching in the near future.
Though some have yet to be convinced by Disney Infinity, the team behind the game seem to have a clear strategy in mind. In past several years games based on Disney licenses fluctuated in quality, but Infinity now allows the team focus on a core set of mechanics, ushering in incremental changes with every hot Disney property to step through its doors.