Disney Cancels Disney Infinity Franchise

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In surprising news this afternoon Disney announced that the beloved Disney Infinity franchise will be no more. In an earnings statement Disney revealed that it would be putting an end to the franchise which just released its third installment last year with Disney Infinity 3.0.

According to Bloomberg the closure of the Infinity games division resulted in a $147 million expense.

“The closing of Infinity resulted in a $147 million expense as Disney wrote off its investment in the games business and recorded expenses for job cuts. Infinity combined computer or console game play with collectible figurines. The closing marks a retreat from the company’s efforts to make console games on its own.”

Disney Interactive responded to the news on their website with a blog post by SVP and GM John Blackburn that reads as follows:

“By now you may have heard the news that we have made the difficult decision to discontinue production of Disney Infinity. From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you—our fans—and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for creating a community that made Disney Infinity more than just a game.

Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.

So what’s next for Disney Infinity? We have two final retail releases coming, including three new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month, and the Finding Dory Play Set launching in June.

And as we turn to the next chapter in our story, I want to thank everyone who helped bring Disney Infinity to life, particularly Disney’s Glendale-based production and publishing teams, our external development partners, and of course the incredible Avalanche team for their tireless dedication to this project.

But most of all, I want to again thank you for making Disney Infinity a part of your lives—and for adding to the Disney legacy by being a part of this community.”

Sources: Bloomberg, Disney Interactive

This now makes more sense of Disney Interactive announcing earlier this year that they would be skipping E3 and not releasing a follow-up to Disney Infinity 3.0 for the 2016 holiday season. What the future holds for Disney and console gaming is unknown at this time? What are your thoughts on this news? Were you a fan of the series and were there characters you still had hope of seeing become a “Toys to Life” figure?

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