Toys and video games hook up on new Disney game platform
SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Children will be able to move plastic toys that look like pirate Captain Jack Sparrow and other movie characters into a virtual world on a computer or TV screen in a game platform Walt Disney Co unveiled on Wednesday in hopes of boosting revenue at a loss-making division.
Disney's new Infinity concept, to be released in June, comes with games inspired by Monsters University, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Incredibles franchises.
The toys will come to life onscreen after being placed on a small electronic portal, similar to Activision Blizzard's Skylanders, one of 2012's top-selling games.
In Disney's Infinity, users will transport Disney and Pixar characters into onscreen adventures by placing their toys on a flat hexagonal board. A starter pack with software, the board and three plastic figurines is priced at US$75 (S$92).