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Just Cause 3

Someone leaked more over-the-top Just Cause 3 screens


Explosive gallery action!
Feb 02
// Brett Makedonski
Rico Rodriguez's not a man that acts in moderation. We're not likely to see screenshots of him grabbing brunch at that great spot down the street, or hanging laundry to dry. He'd probably dry his laundry by blowing up the ent...
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Just Cause 3

Damn, these 20 Just Cause 3 screenshots are so wonderfully Just Cause


Just 'cuz
Dec 11
// Brett Makedonski
Twenty Just Cause 3 screenshots surfaced today, and they look like absolutely anything you could ever want from a Just Cause game. There are lots of explosions, gliding through the air tethered to various objects, and more than one instance of shooting atop a bus. Subtlety never was Just Cause's strong suit. [Via Videogamer]
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Just Cause 3

Just Cause 3 won't have in-game microtransactions, promises Avalanche


But it will have wingsuits
Nov 11
// Jordan Devore
Just Cause 3 is officially happening. If that confirmation doesn't brighten your day, you must have skipped the last installment, which was stupid, awesome, and one of the best videogame sandboxes ever created. Speaking of, J...
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Just Cause 3 announced

I guess that WAS Just Cause 3: Coming to Xbox, PS4, PC 2015


And set in the fake Mediterranean!
Nov 11
// Steven Hansen
We recently saw screenshots of something purporting to be Just Cause 3. Seems likely they were. You know what the first damn thing I noticed in the Game Informer Just Cause 3 cover announcement? It wasn't the hookshot or...
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Just Cause 3

If this is really Just Cause 3, it looks gorgeous


Mostly speculation, nothing confirmed yet
Nov 04
// Brett Makedonski
What's Avalanche Studios been up to lately? It's supposed to be making the videogame adaption of Mad Max, but everything's been quiet on that front for quite some time. Instead, it might have focused some of its attention to ...
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Tuesday Newsday: Star Wars, Nintendo at E3, Mad Max & Wolfenmelons


Don't do coffee, kids.
Apr 29
// Max Scoville
Put on your current events helmets, everyone, because Tuesday Newsday is here. Because it’d just be an Ephant Mon in the room if I didn’t address it, the Star Wars Episode VII cast has been revealed, following t...
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Actor Clark Gregg to reveal the Marvel addition in Disney Infinity 2.0


Agent Coulson LIVES!
Apr 29
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Whoops! The Agents of Shield Twitter account accidentally let slip that actor Clark Gregg will be presenting at the Disney Infinity 2.0 reveal event taking place tomorrow. Why would Clark Gregg present at a game reveal? Becau...
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Disney Infinity

Marvel teased for Disney Infinity 2.0 Edition


'Bring on the super heroes'
Apr 08
// Jordan Devore
It's been long expected that Marvel and Star Wars characters would make their way to Disney Infinity and we're finally getting a tease for the former property. Captain America -- or his iconic shield, at least -- is all but ...
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Disney Infinity

Lightsaber weapon Easter egg uncovered in Disney Infinity


You need every character to unlock it
Feb 15
// Chris Carter
Although we've heard rumors that Star Wars and Marvel are a go in a current or future iteration of Disney Infinity, it appears as if a group of fans have uncovered a Skywalker-sized Easter egg in the existing game....
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AAA Games

AAA game business unprofitable says Just Cause dev


Business is 'not healthy at the moment'
Feb 08
// Wesley Ruscher
Profitability in AAA titles nowadays is tricky business. We scoff when companies claim a game that sells 3.5 million copies is not a success, and perhaps rightfully so. Amidst the inflating development costs of the new consol...
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Deals

If you don't own Just Cause 2, go scrounge up $3


Steam sale valid until December 19
Dec 17
// Jordan Devore
It's remarkable to think back on the joy Just Cause 2 has given me in light of its absurd sale price right now on Steam: $2.99. For that little money, it'd be a mistake not to add this to your library, plain and simple. Even ...
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Just Cause 3?

Avalanche visits a jungle for upcoming open-world games


Who says research can't be fun?
Dec 04
// Jordan Devore
Members of the team at Avalanche Studios visited Costa Rica's Braulio Carrillo National Park earlier this year to gather reference material. The trip was documented, which is neat to see in and of itself, but I'll also take ...
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Mods

Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod hits Steam on December 16


But there will be one more beta test beforehand
Dec 03
// Jordan Devore
There's technically been nothing stopping me from trying the Just Cause 2 multiplayer mod, but I've managed to continually miss out on the public beta tests. It was wonderful to hear that it'll also be released for Steam -- o...
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Rumors

Mad Max game might be coming out in April 2014


Just Cause 3 could be out in 2015
Nov 07
// Joshua Derocher
All Games Beta shared a picture of a Linkedin profile for the founder and CEO of Avalanche Studios, most notably known for creating the Just Cause series. The last two entries on his profile are very interesting, and could be...
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Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity releases iOS Toy Box app


Neat!
Sep 19
// Chris Carter
Fresh off of a solid launch, the folks over at Disney have released an iPad app for Disney Infinity. The app itself is Toy Box oriented, as it allows you to build and create worlds that can be put into the console version. Yo...

Very Quick Tips: A Disney Infinity Guide

Sep 08 // Chris Carter
How do I get started, and how much does everything cost? To play Disney Infinity you'll need to buy the starter pack for $74.99. It comes with the actual game disc, three toys/in-game characters (Sully, Jack Sparrow, and Mr. Incredible), the base to hold the toys, and one random power disc (which I'll explain in a second). Should you decide you want more, characters are $13 each, new campaigns (Play Sets) are $34.99 and come with two characters, and there are a select few triple character packs for $29.99. The cheapest way to own everything in Series 1 without deals is to buy the Starter Pack ($74.99), the Sidekicks pack ($29.99), the Villains Pack ($29.99), Dash ($12.99), Violet ($12.99), Francesco ($12.99), Mater ($12.99), the Cars Play Set ($34.99), and the Lone Ranger Play Set ($34.99). That's a grand total of $256.91 at retail for five campaigns that range from 5-10 hours each, and 17 toys to use in Toy box. Yowzers! On the base itself, there is room for two characters to fit into the circular grooves (left is player one, right is player two). If you want to play a multiplayer campaign (Play Set), both characters must be a part of the same franchise (meaning, you cannot play local campaign co-op with the starter kit). Toy Box eliminates this restriction, as all franchises can fully mix. On the top part of the base, you can place a Play Set piece (currently, one piece that contains Monsters/Pirates/Incredibles that comes in the starter pack, or separately sold pieces for Cars, and one for Lone Ranger -- $35 each) or a Power Disc in the hexagonal area on top. The Disney Infinity Fans forum periodically updates threads with information on events and specials. Amazon, Toys "R" Us, Target, and Walmart are your usual suspects for deals. How do Power Discs work? Power Discs come in blind packs of two (in the silver and gold pack variety) for roughly $5 per pack.  It's confusing at first, but once you understand the two fundamental types, it's not that hard. Those two types are: circular and hexagonal. There's no rhyme or reason as to the blind packaging of each type -- a pack could come with any combination of circular or hexagonal bases. The circular discs are placed under your character (up to two at a time) and grant you passive bonuses, such as 10% extra damage. The hexagonal discs can only be used in Toy Box mode, and grant you extra NPCs to play with (such as vehicles or weapons), as well as set pieces and themes (like an underwater Finding Nemo sky). If you're wondering how to change your set pieces after placing them on the base, you have to build the "Sky Changer" device and place it in your world. This isn't normally explained, and is really easy to miss. Toys "R" Us periodically holds in-store "trading events" for these discs, and Amazon/eBay sellers will put them up individually if you need specific discs. Here's a great online checklist tool for all available Series 1 discs. The two rarest discs are "Mike's Car" and "Tron User Control," which can run around $20 each from individual sellers. If you want to check and see what discs are in a blind pack before purchasing, simply place the sealed package on a demo kiosk base to check them. Unlocking the vaults (requirements): Vaults are giant doors that grant you a ton of extras if you unlock them. The only catch is, they require all characters within each set to interact with them before opening. Typically they give you a large number of Toy Box pieces, as well as a brand new Toy Box base level to mess around with. In the starter pack, once again you only get three characters (Mr. Incredible, Sully, and Jack Sparrow), so your cheapest franchise options in terms of unlocking vaults are Monsters and Pirates, who only require two toys each (at $13 a pop) in addition to the starter pack. The Lone Ranger is the only pack to require two toys to unlock the vault, but you need to buy the Play Set separately. Here's how many toys you'll need for each Play Set: Monsters University: Mike, Sully, Randy (3) Pirates of the Caribbean: Jack Sparrow, Davy Jones, Hector Barbosa (3) The Incredibles: Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible, Dash, Violet, Syndrome (5) Cars: Lightning McQueen, Holly Shiftwell, Mater, Francesco (4) The Lone Ranger: Lone Ranger, Tonto (2) Vault locations: Monsters University: Progress with the story until you get to the clock tower (roughly northwest of the starting area) -- the vault is on the tower itself. You can get there by flinging yourself over the fence with a prank box. Pirates of the Caribbean: The vault is at the very beginning of the game. Do the first few tutorial quests until you get your ship, then go northeast of the ship's dock, facing away from the ship. The Incredibles: This one is in the main city. Go to the bridge that's near the north side, near your headquarters (the building with the giant statue). The vault is on top of a building slightly west if you're facing away from the HQ, across the bridge to the city. Cars: As soon as you start the map, you should be pointing towards a giant mountain range (one off to the right side -- not the big mountain in the center). Go under the mountain and into the caverns to find it. If you're lost, it's northeast of Luigi's in Radiator Springs. The Lone Ranger: This vault is near the town of Colby. Face the train station, then head directly west to find it attached to a mountain range wall. This is the only vault in the game that only needs two characters to open, and can be opened within the confines of one Play Set pack. It's also the most fun campaign in the game. Spinning for pieces in Toy Box: By completing tasks in Play Sets you'll earn "Infinity Tokens," which earn you spins in the Toy Box for more extras like Pride Rock or Scrooge McDuck's Money Bin. You can find this contraption at the Disney Infinity home base, under the yellow icon. My suggestion is to get at least 16 tokens, and shuffle the board until you find a piece you really want (like the Cave of Wonders for example) -- then, randomly spin until you get that piece, even if it takes you the entire board. As long as you don't shuffle the board, it won't switch the pieces around. General tips: In the Lone Ranger Play Set, make sure you find the five bone charm locations to unlock the ability to fly around the map at will as a crow. The last charm you'll typically find is the one on top of a large tower after building the second railroad track to unlock the third area. This is how you get those seemingly unobtainable power-ups flying in the sky. If you find yourself losing races in the Cars Play Set, buy all the turbo you can get your hands on. You'll need it to beat the last race in the game. To earn turbo, you can use tricks (the right analog stick) in the air, grind rails (powerslide on certain lips), and pick up gas cans. Typically, I use turbo as soon as I get it, until the last half of the last lap, where I save all my boosts to use at once. The best power discs to use to save time during Play Sets are the Tron disc (extra experience) and the Pirates disc (extra gold). Everything else is fairly superfluous. When using the hoverboard in the Incredibles Play Set, you won't be able to glide unless you "let it ride" into the air. If you attempt to jump beforehand you'll start falling. For maximum air, let it ride, then jump as soon as the board starts dipping. If you're wondering why you can't use all of your abilities in the Incredibles set, you have to unlock your HQ first, then go to the kung-fu trainer to learn your core power. If you're curious as to what the most effective abilities are, Dash is extremely useful for covering a lot of ground when vehicles aren't an option with his super speed. Some campaigns have repeatable missions that don't influence the core story. For instance, Cars has randomly generated objectives like "tow the speeder" or "rescue the tourist." You don't have to do these to beat the Play Set, but repeating them can earn you extra experience and cash. So what's coming next? The only Play Set that's currently confirmed is the "Toy Story in Space" set (which will most likely be priced at $34.99), which contains Buzz, Jesse, and the Toy Story campaign. You can buy Woody separately to use in this set. The "Frozen" pack is also coming later this year, and will contain the characters Anna and Elsa (no Play Set) as well as two unique Power Discs. Individual characters for Series 2 are coming from October on, including Jack Skellington, Rapunzel, Wreck-It Ralph, Vanellope von Schweetz, Phineas, Perry, and Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey. As of the time of this writing, the individual characters for Series 2 will not have their own Play Sets/campaigns -- meaning, they have to be used in the Toy Box. You may have seen a Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey toy floating around online for $200 -- this is a special character given out at Disney's 2013 D23 Expo. It will arrive eventually as a Series 2 or Series 3 figure in the future.
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A full overview of Series One
It's been a few weeks since Disney Infinity was released, and I've scoured every inch of content there is to offer. Since there's a ton of confusion as to what exactly needs to be purchased to unlock what piece of conten...

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An easy way to level up your Disney Infinity character


Take advantage of it before it gets patched!
Aug 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Pick up Disney Infinity? Well if you're impatient you can use this neat little trick to level up your Disney Infinity characters pretty fast. Just set down a fan, get in a car, and then get spun in the air like you just don'...
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Disney Infinity

Disney has spent over $100M on Infinity development


Oh, they'll make it back, don't worry
Aug 16
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Wall Street Journal has a report stating that Disney has spent well over $100 million on the development of Disney Infinity. That's for both the game, and all of the toys that can work for it. Disney has had a very rocky hist...
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Mad Max gameplay, GTA's dogs & Dishonored's witch hunt


The Destructoid Show puts its pants on one leg at a time
Jul 16
// Max Scoville
Today's Destructoid Show is brought to you by vacation! Which I am going on, tomorrow. Because I feel like it. The News: Avalanche Studios' Mad Max will probably be cool, but I'm unimpressed, Dishonored's final DLC...
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Mad Max

Avalanche confirms Mad Max will be voiced by an Aussie


Or at least someone that can nail an Australian accent
Jul 02
// Brett Makedonski
When I previewed Avalanche Studios' Mad Max last month, one of the overwhelming concerns in the comments was that un-Australian voice acting could ruin the entire experience. Today, the founder of Avalanche has spoken u...
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Used games

Avalanche founder on trade-ins: Games are too short


Mad Max and Just Cause developer sounds off
Jun 17
// Jordan Devore
There are multiple good reasons for trading in a game once you have had enough, but in the eyes of Avalanche Studios founder Christofer Sundberg, length is the determining factor -- titles "have been too short,...

Mad Max has a flair for the dramatic

Jun 15 // Brett Makedonski
Layered underneath the visual direction is the tool set for a fairly compelling game. It doesn’t appear like it’ll be the most robust of titles, but there are enough pieces for an action experience. In the 15-minute live hands-off demo that I saw, the developers displayed the car’s upgrade system. All sorts of different tires, front-end ramming grills, and other vehicular components can be equipped. Of course, heavier cars move more slowly and control worse than cars with lighter frames. That’s really about all that was shown, as it’s pretty evident that Mad Max is in the early stages of development. Just enough was presented to make me intrigued for the future of this title. Avalanche has a track record of creating some legitimately fun games, and I only hope that this isn’t taken too conservatively and seriously in an effort to protect the subject material. As is, it looks like it’s on the right path.
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I'm listening, Avalanche
“You know what the world needs? A videogame adaption of Mad Max, a franchise that’s sat in stagnation for almost three decades.” That’s apparently what someone at Avalanche Studios said, because here ...

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Mad Max

Mad Max from Just Cause dev Avalanche Studios announced


Can I be Mel Gibson?
Jun 10
// Wesley Ruscher
Mad Max from Avalanche Studios, creators of the Just Cause series, was announced during the PlayStation E3 press conference. While no actual gameplay was shown, PlayStation gamers will get exclusive DLC when it launches on PS4 and Xbox One.

The Lone Ranger rides into Disney Infinity

Jun 10 // Tony Ponce
Disney Infinity (3DS, PC, PlayStation 3, Wii , Wii U, Xbox 360)Developer: Avalanche SoftwarePublisher: Disney InteractiveRelease: August 2013 As mentioned before, half of Disney Infinity involves visiting various Disney movie worlds and going on whole new adventures in those worlds. You plant a special environment token and a character figurine atop a very Skylanders-esque pedestal and get whisked away. Unfortunately, you are limited to using only the characters native to that world in order to preserve the appropriate atmosphere. The mixing and matching is thus reserved for the Toy Box, a free-form mode that is essentially a fusion of LittleBigPlanet, Minecraft, and the mighty Disney money machine. But before we jump into that, let's talk the Lone Ranger playset. [embed]255796:49024:0[/embed] The Lone Ranger and his Indian partner Tonto must drive off the outlaw Butch Cavendish and his men from the small town of Colby, Texas. Encircling the town is a train, unable to break out of its loop until the bridge leading to another area is repaired. To repair it, you must earn coins, and to earn coins, you must take on missions. Swapping the two heroes at your leisure, you battle Cavendish's posse with your pistol / tomahawks. By tapping the left trigger and the maneuvering the right control stick, you can even play out your firefights like a third-person shooter. As you defeat foes and collect loot, you also accept missions from townsfolk noted by big glowing question marks above their heads. Sometimes you'll be asked to do something as simple as hit a target with your weapon. Other times you'll have to run errands, such as acquiring TNT or retrieving a woman's husband who has gone missing near the mines. These missions may link to one another, and you could find yourself on a side quest chain reminiscent of Zelda games. Throughout your campaign, you are constantly reminded that this is a fun toy world and you have access to god-like creation tools at a moment's notice. Should you cause collateral damage to the town, a simple press of the button will restore the buildings to their former glory. If you want to build that bridge, you can open an item menu and purchase the bridge or other goods, all which will instantly generate in the field like magic. Finally, you'll find plastic vending machine capsules floating about, their contents which include in-world tools or more goodies for the Toy Box. The Monsters University world is a little different in that you are engaged in a prank war with the neighboring school, Fear Tech. You can approach certain structures on the campus, press a button, and pull up a menu that allows you to swap the structure with stuff like spring-loaded easy chairs or boxing glove-sprouting phone booths, linking them together to form one big Rube Goldberg prank machine. The demo station running the Monsters University world was doing so on the Wii U, so I had a chance to check out the GamePad features. Aside from some hotkey shortcuts, the parts selection menu that would normally appear on the bottom of the screen appears instead on the GamePad. There really isn't any benefit to this feature, and I found it rather pointless. The other half -- and Disney Infinity's main claim to fame -- is the robust Toy Box mode. The world is a blank canvas upon which you can drop Tron vehicles, generate environments from Wreck-It Ralph, and more by placing hexagons into the pedestal. You can actually stack multiple hexagons atop each other for chained effects. For instance, by placing two additional hexagons underneath Jack Sparrow, he's granted power-up buffs or bonuses. You are free to write your own logic rules in Toy Box, so you can create something like a one-on-one fighter, a racing game, or a soccer match. And with all the pieces you earned from the main mode, along with pieces and characters generated from the pedestal, there really isn't any limit to what you want to do. This needn't be a solitary experience -- two players can use a single pedestal and interact via split screen, or you can take the adventure online with three other players. Furthermore, the games, environments, and structures you create can be uploaded to the net, where they will be curated and offered to other players the world over for download. There is seemingly no end to what can be accomplished in Disney Infinity, and it is for that very reason that I am wary. Unlike Skylanders, which is a basic hack-and-slash dungeon crawler albeit with colorful figurines you can buy, Disney Infinity seemingly defies any simple explanation. I can see there being a very big challenge in conveying the nature of the game to kids -- hell, even I'm a bit confused as to what Disney and developer Avalanche Software are trying to accomplish. The new trailer further up the page runs down a list of scenarios and game types possible within the Toy Box. I see it as a checklist of features that Disney wanted in the game, no matter how poorly they wind up being implemented. As it stands, a lot of the features -- right down to the clunky platforming controls -- feel incomplete. How much of the game can Avalanche improve before its target release in August? Others are really excited by Disney Infinity's potential, but I personally haven't been pleased thus far. Maybe I just need more hands-on time before the concept clicks. That's what E3 is for, after all.
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Tonto, jump on it
Prior to the E3 festivities, Disney demonstrated the upcoming cash grab Disney Infinity to a room teeming with journalists. The focus of the event was on two of the in-game worlds plus the oft-touted Toy Box mode. The first w...

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Building race tracks in Disney Infinity


Race them however you want to
May 28
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The latest on Disney Infinity shows off what you'll be able to do in terms of racing. You can design and build any kind of race track you want to, and then race them however you'd like. Race on foot, in cars, fly -- even rac...
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Avalanche

Avalanche Studios has a steampunk-style game on hold


'We'll make something in that world sooner or later'
May 15
// Jordan Devore
Will there be another Just Cause? Probably. I mean, if there's any justice, yes. But those recent pictures Avalanche Studios founder Christofer Sundberg put out on Twitter aren't it. When Edge pressed him on the matter, he ca...
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Disney Infinity's Pirates of the Caribbean gets shown off


Give me Darkwing Duck instead!
May 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Confession time: I'm super giddy for Disney Infinity. I love the concept, and I actually want to waste money on a bunch of dumb toys. That's of course if they bring in classic Disney stuff. I'm talking about things like Duck...
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Avalanche

Avalanche doesn't want to develop games on Wii U yet


The studio has dev kits, but they 'only collect dust'
May 09
// Brett Makedonski
Avalanche Studios, the team best known for the Just Cause franchise, isn't shy about its position on the Wii U. It simply has no interest in developing games on Nintendo's console. Not yet, at least. In an interview with Pres...
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Star Wars

Avalanche Studios almost made a Star Wars game


Just Cause studio came close to a deal a few years ago
May 07
// Alasdair Duncan
If you're still smarting over the news that EA now hase exclusive rights over the Star Wars franchise, then here's some more news to make you wonder about how things might have turned out differently. Former Avalanche&nb...
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Disney Infinity

The inspiration behind Disney Infinity


Do whatever you want!
Apr 24
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
This brand new Disney Infinity trailer showcases the game, and details how the team were inspired to create their take on toys and videogames coming together. Basically, they stole all their ideas from little kids. Those dir...

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