Disney has just announced the dates for the server shutdowns of Disney Infinity. For the uninitiated, Disney Infinity was the hat that Disney threw into the “toys to life” genre ring. Despite competing with the likes of Skylanders and Lego Dimensions, the series garnered some success and fans.
Disney Infinity was originally released in 2013 to rave reviews from publications such as Gametrailers and Game Informer. However, after three years of financial and critical success, Disney Infinity is no more. This is due to Disney pulling itself from game development and closing its entire gaming division. Disney also shuttered Avalanche Studios, the studio responsible for Toy Story 3: The Game and Disney Infinity. Avalanche was a company that housed 300 employees and has been in gaming development for 20 years.
Disney Infinity won’t be the only casualty of this shuttering. Disney also held the rights to Lucas Arts IP such as Monkey Island, Grim Fandango, and Tie Fighter. In fact, there was also some talk of including characters such as Guybrush Threepwood from Monkey Island in Disney Infinity. It is unknown what will happen to these franchises now that Disney’s gaming division is closed.
The servers will be shut down in four phases. The PC, iOS and Android versions will permanently go down on September 30th. Apps will be removed from their stores and players will be prohibited from loging in. On September 30th, Apple TV versions of the games will be removed from the store. However, players can still download toy boxes for 2.0 and 3.0 on PC and Apple TV. In game purchases from the PC version will be removed from 2.0 and 3.0 on January 3, 2017.
All servers will end on March 3, 2017. It is then that Apple TV and PC versions will be removed from the stores and no longer be playable. As for the other versions, all community and online features will be shutdown.