Last week, news came of Disney Infinity 2.0: Marvel Super Heroes
. The upcoming fall release for Xbox One and 360 will have 20 new Marvel figures to collect, feature larger play sets and introduce an expanded Toy Box.
was released along with the announcement that not only showed off some of the games new features and characters, but also let slip a few glimpses of some characters that were not specifically addressed in the official announcement. Among the unmentioned characters spotted were Marvel universe mainstays Spiderman and Green Goblin, along with Merida, the heroine from Brave, and havoc-causing, Experiment 626, a.k.a. Stitch.
Will these characters be playable in the new game? That question and more was answered in an interview with John Vignocchi, Disney Infinity 2.0
Executive Producer, and TQ Jefferson, Marvel’s Vice President of Production for Games.
The short answer to the immediate question of which characters will be playable is, as it turns out, not so short. But Jefferson did say that the Avengers are “just the tip of the spear” when it comes to playable characters in Disney Infinity 2.0
. He went on to explain that while the characters themselves are important, more emphasis is being placed on characters that can provide the strongest story and gameplay. This includes exploring characters that people may be less familiar with. Jefferson said, “[There is] a great opportunity for us to roll out characters that are not just going to be compelling, but are going to become the Marvel superstars of tomorrow.”
Vignocchi mentioned that, as developers, they were surprised by how active and involved the user community was on Infinity
. The Toy Box became a key feature in the game and even spawned the creation of Toy Box TV
, a web series that highlighted some of the best creations from the community. Vignocchi said that some members of the gaming community were “doing things with our tool that we didn’t even imagine players would do.”
So what do you do when the gamers are creating content as good, or even better, than the developers? You hire them. Imagine...one day your sitting in your living room playing your favorite game when, suddenly, the phone rings. On the other end of the line are the creators of the game you are playing offering you a job as a developer on the next iteration of the title. That is basically what happened to five lucky community members. Five staff positions were created at Disney Interactive that were filled with community members who had created remarkable content with the Toy Box. The content these gamers-turned-creators create will be free downloadable content available at launch.
If you would like to learn more about the game, go here to check out the previous article
. There you will find screenshots and the aforementioned trailer.