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Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes flying in this fall

by William Schwartz

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Following the buyout of Marvel and the huge success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it only made sense for Disney to introduce the superheroes back into the video game scene. And now we know, at least currently, what some of those plans are, with Disney announcing Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes and giving it a release window of “the fall”.

After debuting the trailer, Disney showcased Brian Michael Bendis, who has been hired to help develop the story for the game and to ensure that the game has the look, feel, even the “taste” of Marvel. Along with Bendis, Marvel Interactive Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada showcased some of the characters to appear in the game. In addition to the team from the Avengers (Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Hawkeye, Black Widow), they also showed characters from the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy movie, like Rocket Raccoon and Groot. Certain villians, like Loki and MODOK, also were showcased.

As a way of maintaining continuity, all content (toys, play sets, power sets and Toy Box levels) from the original Disney Infinity will carry over the Marvel Super Heroes. However, that doesn’t mean that the game will just be Disney Infinity with some super heroes added. According to John Blackburn, general manager and VP of Disney Infinity, the Marvel version of Manhatten will be four times larger than the Incredibles play set from the original game. The reason?  “We needed to make the world a lot larger because our characters can fly.”

Along with flying, players can hover and will be able to engage in combat either flying or not. Characters will also be able to perform super jumps and climb up the sides of the buildings. As for the leveling system, the cap has been raised to 20 and a new upgrade tree system will give players some choice in how they progress.

The Toy Box system has been overhauled as well, in the hope of make world-building faster and easier. There have also been additions of paintbrushes that can procedurally generate cities and scenery, as well as tower defense and dungeon-type crawler games to take advantage of procedural generation. Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes is set to release this far for iOS, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii U and PC, along with the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on “day one”.

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