5:59pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Will 'Disney Infinity' Add 'Star Wars' in 2015?
Now that Disney Infinity has announced various Marvel characters for its second generation release next month, some people might be wondering when Disney’s other massive movie franchise — the one with lightsabers, wookiees and stormtroopers — might be added to the video game that already allows players to mix and match characters from its animated movies, Pirates of the Caribbean series and The Lone Ranger, among other properties. The answer, apparently, is "next year."
In an interview with Newsarama, John Blackburn, CEO of Disney Infinity studio Avalanche Software, and Infinity executive producer John Vignocchi dropped a heavy hint that fans can expect characters and concepts from Star Wars to be added to the game in 2015.
Teasing future developments for the game, Blackburn told Vignocchi, "I like your other tease better. We can talk about the future, but that's far, far away." Vignocchi replied, "2015 is not so far, far away anymore, is it?" (For those who don't see the Star Wars connection, you might want to refamiliarize yourself with the very first words of each movie. To be fair, it's not like they could've gone with "long time ago.")
The addition of Star Wars characters to the game in 2015 makes a lot of sense from two different directions. First, it allows the Marvel additions announced this year more time in the spotlight; and second, it allows a potential Disney Infinity: Star Wars release to be cross-promoted with Star Wars: Episode VII, scheduled for release in December of that year. In more Disney synergy, Marvel will also launch its own Star Wars line during the first three months of the year.
Judging by the release schedules for the original Infinity and Infinity 2.0 — August 2013 and September 2014, respectively — it seems likely that a Star Wars addition to the platform would headline a theoretical Disney Infinity 3.0 at some point in the late summer or early fall of the year. But let's be honest: A year already seems too long to wait for the chance to pit both Lilo and Stitch against an evil Sith Lord of your choice.