The famous overlord of joy and money known to mortals as Disney has set out a plan for discontinuing its Disney Infinity [official site] series. While the Steam and console versions will continue to function, the online elements will stop working, meaning you won't be able to download or upload new content. I know you don't care, but your 7-year-old daughter might.
Disney announced in May that it would be stopping production of the 'toys to life' franchise. It had been their answer to the popular Skylanders series by Activision, in which kids buy toys, plug them into a plastic stand connected to their consoles at home and watch as the heroes miraculously appear inside their videogame machines. Infinity was the same concept, using Disney's endless roster of characters to ensnare the kids. However, unlike the console versions, the PC version never had the toy side of things. Instead, you had to buy Johnny Depp from a digital storefront, without a toy, like you would usually.
The road map for the series is now a sad list of discontinuations and removals. You can see the whole palaver below but the main point is that by March 3 next year there won't be any online elements for the game - no downloading, no sharing, no mates. That goes for all platforms from PC to consoles to Android. You will still be able to play the console version, just without the online bits like multiplayer. I mean, your 7-year-old daughter will still be able to.
As of today (July 29, 2016)
• No in-game purchases can be made within the PC, Steam version of Disney Infinity 2.0, iOS, Google Android, Amazon Android and Apple TV versions of the game as this feature has now been removed
• You can continue to make in-game purchases within the Steam version of Disney Infinity 3.0.
As of September 30, 2016
• You will no longer be able to log in to play the PC, iOS, Google Android and Amazon Android versions of Disney Infinity, these will no longer be available on the respective app stores
• The Steam versions of Disney Infinity 2.0 & 3.0 will remain operational with the exception of all online services and community features as these will be discontinued.
• Apple TV versions of Disney Infinity will be removed from the AppStore
• The Disney Infinity Community team will no longer be reviewing or approving any new Toy Boxes that are submitted to Disney for all console, mobile and PC versions of the game. However if you are playing on any console, Apple TV or Windows 8/10 versions of the game, you can continue to download your favorite Toy Boxes from the Community Content section until March 3, 2017
As of January 3, 2017
• No in-game purchases can be made within the Windows 8/10 versions of the game as this feature will be removed
As of March 3, 2017
• Apple TV and Windows 8/10 versions will no longer be available, supported or playable
• All Disney Infinity online services and community features for all versions will be discontinued
On top of all this, the developer behind the series, Avalanche Software, has also been closed, marking an end for Disney as a publisher.
Will the lack of new heroes and toys ruin the fun for the kids? I don't know. Please translate your child's incoherent feral mutterings into the comment field below.