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Disney Infinity Shows Off Star Wars at D23

D23 EXPO 2015 - D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. Taking place August 14-16, this year marks the fourth D23 EXPO at the Anaheim Convention Center and promises to be the biggest and most spectacular yet. (Disney/Image Group LA) JOHN VIGNOCCHI, JOHN BLACKBURN, DAISY RIDLEY, JOHN BOYEGA
D23 EXPO 2015 – D23 EXPO, the ultimate Disney fan event, brings together all the past, present and future of Disney entertainment under one roof. 
Last night at D23’s Disney Interactive event there was a whole host of Disney Infinity news. Chiefly, the Star Wars Force Awakens characters and playset was revealed but not only this. In addition there was a four player Marvel Battlegrounds playset and a new type of figurine for Disney with light-up lightsabers.
The focus of the event was very much on how Disney Infinity would be expanded upon through the year after it’s August release. This was largely with upcoming playsets and characters. The Marvel playset was the most significant in terms of how it extended the game-play. Rather than focusing on Ant Man or Age of Ultron, Marvel: Battlegrounds instead offers 4 player co-operative play.  The four player co-op will appeal to gamers. Previously this was limited to toy box interactions, having this in the main co-op of the game is a significant step forward. You can also use all the the existing Marvel characters in it, along with Hulkbuster and Ultron that are releasing in November 2015. The Marvel: Battlegrounds playset will be released this spring.

The biggest cheer at the event was won by the playset for Star Wars The Force Awakens. This was shown close up for the first time and with a look at which characters will be coming first: Finn and Rey. Other figures, this time without associated playsets were also unveiled. Spot from Good Dinosaur was shown along with a set of 4 power discs. This was expanded upon from the stage, “Inside of the film there are impressive dinosaurs, so we’ll bring 4 Good Dinosaur power discs as mounts for the game.”
Judy and Nick from Zootopia, the upcoming 2016 movie were also revealed to be included in the game. Finally, the results of the Toy Box Artists selection was announced to be Peter Pan, although he will not be available until 2016.It will be interesting to see how the three Toys to Life games perform at retail with Disney Infinity coming first this month, closely followed by Lego Dimensions and Skylanders Superchargers.

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