Star Wars Boldly Going Into Disney Infinity 3.0

You’ve had a Star Was bed spread, Star Wars pyjamas, Star Wars crockery, Star Wars t-shirts, a Star Wars backpack, Star Wars sunglasses, a Star Wars wedding cake, a Star Wars credit card, and a Star Wars coffin, but do you have Star Wars video games? Well, yes, obviously. But do you have Star Wars characters running around with Spider-Man and Mickey Mouse? Well, outside of those weird Quake mods. Aha! Right!

You may soon, as Star Wars is coming with Disney Infinity 3.0. Announced yesterday, the new version of the collect-o-fight-a-platformer is due this autumn.

Star Wars is the biggest addition with this version. Oodles of Star Warriors will come, to duke it out on new Play Set campaigns. One stars Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tano, set during the prequel trilogy, while another has Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie and chums fighting that nasty old Empire. Another Set, based on the new movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens is planned for winter.

It’ll bring new Marvel stuff too, like a set based on Avengers: Age of Ultron. More on all that here. Back on the Disney-ish side of Disney, it’ll bring a set from Pixar’s upcoming Inside Out and new characters like a plain old regular Mickey and Mulan.

This is less of a big deal on PC than it is on consoles. On homeboxes, the game costs money and as well as DLC, Disney sell Skylanders-style toys to unlock in-game stuff (or play with making laser noises with your mouth). On PC, Disney Infinity is free-to-play and all additions come as microtransactions, with no toys. I’m a little surprised it even has a PC release, really, given how much of A Big Thing toys are. Do any of you or young people you know play it on PC, chums? Do say.

37 Comments

  1. Zankman says:

    I just want Marvel and Star Wars Telltale games… Canon, of course.

    • BTAxis says:

      I read somewhere that with the acquisition of Star Wars by Disney, the whole concept of canon is basically out the window.
      No idea if it’s true.

      • marach says:

        Canon is not dead but what is canon is now changed. The films are canon (ofc), the EU is dead and gone, books and comics published in the last year(ish) ARE canon, heck battlefront 3 is being made semi canon in that the battles not in the movies will have taken place.

        • Dilapinated says:

          Didn’t Lucas say the EU was dead and gone when he released the prequel movies, also? It’s surprisingly robust to this sort of thing, hopefully it will continue in that fashion.

      • Zankman says:

        The Expanded Universe – aka the Lore and entire World as depicted in comics, books, games and other media – was deemed to be too robust, too contradictory, too inconsistent, too “old” (aka things have been added to it since forever)…

        So, only the 6 movies and a few other things (Clone Wars CGI Tv show, I think) were deemed canon.

        Everything else was re-branded as “Legends”.

        Disney made a new company division (Lucas Story Group or something) that is intended to oversee everything from this point onwards. In theory this means that a new Star Wars game or book or comic has to collaborate with that division if the creators want it to be canon, since they want to avoid inconsistencies and such.

        Thus, basically almost all the things from the EU, good or bad, don’t exist anymore.

        However, they have stated that Legends content may certainly appear in the new movies/books/games/comics/etc., in some way or another – be it exactly the same as they did in the EU (like possibly the popular Chiss Admiral Thrawn), re-imagined or just loosely inspired.

        You can kind-of think of it as a comic book multiverse reboot – like DC’s New 52 – but without anything actually “happening” in the canon to cause said reboot; it just kinda happened, due to the author’s will.

      • USER47 says:

        Basicaly, the expanded universe (books, comic books, games etc…) covered too many time periods and places, plus it did so in very inconsistent quality. If Disney wanted to keep all that part of the official continuity, they couldn’t make new trilogy without it copying the old (and often crappy) expanded universe material.

        So they did a very logical thing. They kept 6 movies + Clone Wars series as a part of official continuity, while labeling the old EU stuff “Legends”. If it is legends, it might have or might not have happened, they can fish for ideas there, they can bring characters or events into official canon if they want, but they still have a freedom to build the new stories or polish the old EU ones.

        More importantly, the new material should be all canon as far as i know. That means new movies, new books, the Rebels series etc. That makes the situation much more clear than it was before, since while Lucas let almost anyone create EU universe material, he never considered it canonical and equal to his own work, so often EU authors came up with something in a book and then Lucas completely contradicted it later in his own work.

        Two examples:
        – bringing Korriban from EU but naming it “Moraband”.
        – creating grey bald skinny evil-ish female character, waiting for EU to make all the Ratattaki species lore around it, and then discarding all that by saying she is some weird human-zabrak witch hybrid who shaved her head.

        Lucas liked to do this stuff for some reason, and every time that happened, EU authors needed to step in and try to make up some convoluted reasons how to explain the discrepancies and keep the “canon” intact. But there never was a consistent canon…

        • Cinek says:

          There’s a lot of misconceptions here…. “disney canon” got different levels of canonity much like original canon. Simplifying EU to “crappy” is laughable – nothing more than a testimony to absolute lack of knowledge about EU. The Disney canon will struggle with exactly the same problems original canon did in terms of continuity – it’s a natural consequence of having different writers create content for the same universe. Heck, they already can’t hold pieces together within movies made for Earth-199999 universe – and that’s just movies alone, where they have by far more control over content than in any other additional media.

          Still though – it’s amusing how some people suddenly turned all anti-Star Wars and think of EU as some crappy shit and new, glorious Disney stuff as the best thing that could possibly happen to Star Wars. Truly laughable.

          • USER47 says:

            Wow, nice straw man. I don’t know if Disney canon have different levels of canonicality, it is possible and if you have a source confirming that, i will be happy to read it.

            Anyway, if you think I am considering whole EU to be crappy shit, or that I am “anti Star Wars”, you really should learn to read. And you could practice by reading about things like Skippy the force using droid, or Suncrusher, the indestructable space ship that can destroy star systems.

            There are lots of good Star Wars stories in EU, actualy I like some EU stuff much more than canonical movies, but there are also loads of crap in there and only blind person doesn’t see that.

          • Manfromtheweb says:

            The thing I’m most glad about this semi-reboot is getting rid of the Emperors’ clones and the Yuuzhan Vong. The most prominent anti-SW thing in SW. It is often said they belong more to Star Trek than Star Wars, but I think they’d fit 40K the best.

          • Philomelle says:

            @USER47: He’s pulling that out of his arse. Everything that has come out of Disney so far and wasn’t some sort of glaring fanservice thing like Infinity 3.0, has been labeled canon. So the current canon so far is:

            1. The six movies.
            2. Clone Wars and Rebels animated series.
            3. All Clone Wars-labeled material, created because CN wouldn’t let Disney continue the series normally. This includes novels and comics.
            4. The new Marvel-published comics. This includes Star Wars (said to be getting an episodic vignette treatment similar to Clone Wars), the Darth Vader and Princess Leia minis.

            No word on whether any new EA-published games will be canon. Battlefront obviously won’t be because it has no campaign and is just a bunch of random multiplayer skirmishes, but then maybe you could claim those skirmishes are canon because they mostly picked planets where people of various factions liked to shoot at each other randomly.

            Still, that’s hardly “different levels of canonicity” because a multiplayer FPS is still basically a pointless fanservice thing due to not being story-driven.

        • Dawngreeter says:

          That sounds like every religion ever.

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            phuzz says:

            Hence the use of the word ‘canon‘. Although I’ve yet to hear anyone refer to the the EU stuff as being ‘apocrypha’, the name would fit quite well.
            Just think of Disney as the First Council of Nicaea.

  2. Keasar says:

    That is THE most smug looking Chewbacca I have ever seen.

    • Lord Custard Smingleigh says:

      He’s thinking “I could rip all y’all’s arms out of their sockets*.”

      *The Wookiee planet of Kashyyyk is located in the South of the United States

      • Keasar says:

        It looks to me he just really a really sick burn to Han Solo and everyone is now waiting for the retort.

  3. SuicideKing says:

    Haha, joke is that this will be better than the New Battlefront.

    BTW: What is Disney Infinity? I couldn’t really make sense of what it really was from the article. Single player? Multiplayer? MMO? Third Person thing? F2P platform puzzler? :/

    • SuicideKing says:

      I meant platformer-puzzler (what is that, even?)

      • SuicideKing says:

        Thanks, makes much more sense now. Seems like a really hate-worthy game on consoles, I wonder how it’ll be on the PC in F2P mode.

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          Ninja Dodo says:

          I don’t know about hate worthy… The business model and pricing are dubious to be sure, but as a Disney fan I think if something like this had existed when I was a kid – toys that turn into playable videogame characters! – I would’ve thought it was the best thing ever. I don’t feel any need to play this now but I can see the appeal.

          • MacTheGeek says:

            As the father of a toddler, I dread the day my son discovers Infinity. The only possible redeeming feature I can think of is that by the time he discovers it, Disney should be up to around 5.0, and there will be so many characters and sets available that I won’t have to deal with the backward-compatibility problems that the 1.0 (and presumably 2.0) users face now.

  4. Biggus_Dikkus says:

    I hate these disney huuge eyes

  5. vinnyq12 says:

    Guess they are going to make me buy another FFFFFFFFFFFF’ing base unit. That’ll make three of those stupid things floating around the house.

  6. Cinek says:

    Took a longer while till I figured out who actually is on that image…. there’s almost no similarities, even Chewie looks like some weird alien unrelated to Star Wars…

    • Scurra says:

      Maybe this is related to image rights issues – Han Solo can’t look too much like Harrison Ford in case they have to pay him a lot of money?

      • Cinek says:

        As if that would be a problem considering that they actually hired him for a new Star Wars movie and try to squeeze more money out of Star Wars than Lucas ever did.

  7. Chiron says:

    Those are some fuck ugly character models

  8. Dawngreeter says:

    That R2-D2 looks nothing like the original.

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      Ninja Dodo says:

      Good lord, you guys, they’re the stylized toy versions of the characters they represent. It’s art direction. Let’s by all means not have anything that deviates in any way from accepted blueprints!

      • Dawngreeter says:

        I thought it obvious that mine was a comment of jocular nature, seeing how R2-D2 leaves little room for stylistic changes…

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      Ninja Dodo says:

      It’s hard to tell sometimes. Star Wars fans have been known to be particular about these things and yours was not the only comment questioning the look. Exasperation retracted.

  9. jungletoad says:

    I just had this delicious Star Wars breakfast on May the 4th.
    link to imgur.com

    • Darth Gangrel says:

      Veggie bacon!? What is that made of? I didn’t see that coming, never even knew it existed. That’s as big a surprise as the” I’m your father” moment in The Empire Strikes Back, lol.

  10. Darth Gangrel says:

    A Star Wars coffin? That’s bizarre and slightly bad taste, but hey, anything goes when it comes to merchandising.

    Lol, Chewie looks awful here, like a very lazy cosplayer who wears brown-colored cloth stripes over his face instead of something that resembles the actual thing. I know that’s because their art style is like that, but that doesn’t mean it can’t look bad. Princess Leia looks like any other big-eyed heroine, completely lacking the gumption and pizzazz of Carrie Fisher’s Leia.