Tuesday, May 10, 2016

On The Other Hand ...

... the House of Mouse is hooking up and bailing out of the console video game business. Geronimoooo!!

Disney is putting an end to their Disney Infinity toy-game line and discontinuing their “self-published console games business,” the company said today. After June, Infinity will stop getting new updates.

Disney is also shutting down Avalanche Software, the Utah-based studio responsible for Infinity. As a result, around 300 people will lose their jobs. “This was a difficult decision that we did not take lightly given the quality of Disney Infinity and its many passionate fans,” Disney said in a statement.

There will be two new Disney Infinity releases in May and June before the series ends for good: one based on Alice Through The Looking Glass, and a second from Finding Dory. ...

Diz Co. has never had much luck in the video game biz. (Or rather, it's had a LOT of luck ... all of it lousy).

Just three short years ago, the video game industry was finally looking up for Disney. They had tried and failed, laid off hundreds of employees with long-term contracts, and generally gone nowhere. But then ...

... This time around, Disney is taking a leaf out of Activision's Skylander book, and seeing if it can generate some serious coin from a broader, interlinked model. Early indications are encouraging, but we'll just wait and see, won't we? ...

Now the results are in and ... again no luck. There is a dead cat under the House. And it stinks to high heaven.

Here's where a hopeful nation thought Disney's video game thingie was going somewhere:

Sales of “Disney Infinity” are picking up as it heads into the key holiday sales season, with starter packs for the game having sold 1 million units around the world, according to Disney Interactive.

It’s a significant milestone for Disney’s games group as it attempts to launch a major franchise for the Mouse House.

Each “Disney Infinity” starter pack is priced at $75, and includes the game, and three play sets with a figure in each. Additional figures and discs to play the game are sold separately.

With 1 million starter packs in homes, Disney now has more of a solid reason to call “Disney Infinity” a hit.

Sadly, two and a half years later, the hit became that rotting feline corpse under the floorboards.

1 comments:

John Dean said...

Well, if no infinity, maybe Disney will agree to put their characters in the amiibo series

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