Disney have decided to discontinue their Infinity series of games, ending not only the Infinity games but also Avalanche Software, the studio that created those games.
Jimmy Pitaro, Disney’s chairmen of consumer products, announced in a statement that Disney have changed their approach to console gaming. Instead of self-publishing, Disney will now focus on licencing brands out to developers (as it has done with DICE with Star Wars Battlefront). "This was a difficult decision that we did not take lightly given the quality of Disney Infinity and its many passionate fans." Pitaro said.
In an earning call following the news, Disney CEO, Bob Iger explained why the company will no longer be developing their own games: "We thought we had a really good opportunity to launch our own product in that space; the console space, but also the toys to life space. In fact we did quite well with the first iteration and did OK with the second, but that business is a changing business and we did not have enough confidence in the business in terms of being stable enough to stay in it."
According to a blog post by Disney Infinity Senior Vice President and GM, John Blackburn, there will be two more remaining releases. The figures will be based on Alice Through the Looking Glass and Finding Dory, released this month and June, respectively.
This news may not be surprising to the people who own Disney Infinity 3.0 on PC, as Avalanche Software dropped support for the platform in March. Players that purchase any of the latest figures will not be able to use them in the PC version of the game as they will not scan in.