Disney Infinity has been delayed until August at the request of retailers, it has been announced. Originally due to be released in June, the game has been pushed back until 18th August in North America and 20th August in Europe. A June launch had originally been planned to coincide with the release of Pixar movie Monsters University.
However, Disney’s John Pleasants told the New York Times that retailers wanted a release date closer to the holiday season.
“The date became an issue in terms of them asking, ‘Is there a better opportunity here?’” Pleasant’s explained.
Closer to the end of the summer holidays, Disney is hoping children will return to school with Infinity toys to trade, before insisting that the delay is not a sign of development problems.
“We could deliver in June if we wanted to. Will a two-month timing change help us? Sure, of course. It gives us a little more time to add bells and whistles and make sure it really sings and pops,” he added. Announced earlier this year, Disney Infinity is a new platform from Disney that combines physical figurines with a video game similar to Activision’s Skylanders series.
It offers two contrasting modes through Play Sets and the Toy Box, and features characters from multiple Disney franchises such as Cars, Monsters and Pirates of the Caribbean. Play Sets are essentially self-contained and story-driven worlds for each respective Disney universe, each featuring their own combat systems, toys and gameplay styles.
Meanwhile, Toy Box allows players to freely mix and match franchises and gadgets, along with having deep customisation features to edit the environment and even create new games.
Disney Infinity will be available on Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii and Wii U.