By now, Disney Infinity fans have already heard the bad news: the game will be vanishing this June, never to return. Over the course of its short three-year lifespan, this ultimate Disney mashup worked its way into our geeky hearts. The game has a little time left: Disney is closing things down in June after releasing three Alice Through the Looking Glass characters and a Finding Dory play set. But after that Infinity as we know it will be gone.
The fact that this is the end of Infinity is a real shame because with the addition of Marvel and, more recently, Star Wars, the game was really finding its footing. It's tragic that we won't have the chance to see Infinity grow — and collect even more of its action figures. So as we say goodbye to the game, let's look at the content that might have been. These are eight things I would have loved to see in Disney Infinity.
All crossovers all the time
Sure, Infinity allowed for all kinds of crazy mash-ups in toy box mode, where you could build anything you wanted and bring in any character you wanted. But in the game's play sets, you could only play with the figures "appropriate" for the set. I couldn't send Stitch to run around with Star-Lord in the Guardians of the Galaxy play set or have Merida fight alongside Hawkeye in the Avengers play set.
While there were a few "crossover" characters that could work in different play sets, I wouldn't call any of them particularly crazy crossovers — and those are the crossovers that are most interesting! Plus with so many figures without their own play sets — including Baymax, Elsa, Jack Skellington, and plenty of others — wouldn't it have been great to play them through other adventures? (Baymax would definitely have made a great Avenger.) In a game with so many possibilities, it would have been a blast to play any play set with any character I wanted.
More places to play
Speaking of figures without play sets, having a play set for every figure would have been fantastic. There are tons of cool Disney worlds the game never had a chance to explore and tons of orphaned figures without a place to call their own. Imagine fighting through Zootopia's range of lush landscapes with Judy and Nick. Or exploring Nightmare Before Christmas' Halloween Town with Jack. What about flying over San Fransokyo with Baymax and Hiro? Or building your own crazy Sugar Rush cars with Vanellope and Ralph?
And the upcoming Alice action figures just won't feel at home without a Wonderland play set to explore — but alas, it will never be.
Add more Disney classics
Infinity has focused on bringing out characters that tie in with new movies, and that's understandable. After all, new movies are what people are most excited about, meaning they're more likely to hunt for games and toys. But it would have been awfully nice to see the classics represented a little more than they were.
There were a few classic figures, like Mickey (and Sorcerer Mickey), Minnie, Donald, and Tinkerbell, but that hardly scratches the surface of the Disney back catalog. More Fantasia figures — like Mickey's broom nemeses — and a play set would have been a weird and wonderful experience. Mary Poppins characters, while not suited for Infinity's combat in a traditional way, could have brought unique gameplay options. And what about Winnie the Pooh and the rest of the Hundred Acre Woods crew? Disney has a truly massive selection of movies to choose from, all of which would have been a blast to play with in Infinity.
Plus I can't be the only one who would have bought every 101 Dalmatians figure, can I? Even if there were a full 101 of them.
Bring on the droids
Pixar characters? Check. Star Wars characters? Check. But Disney skipped a few characters along the way. Where's WALL-E and EVE? What about R2-D2, C-3P0, and BB-8? Yes, Infinity had Marvel's Ultron, but it missed out on letting you play Disney's best bots with attitude.
Though I suppose the problem is that if I could play R2-D2 I'd never play anyone other than R2-D2. Perhaps these figures simply couldn't be added because then no one would need to buy other figures ever again.
An Infinity-style trip to Disneyland
While Disney's movies are great, my favorite thing about Disney is the parks. They really are the happiest places on earth, letting you walk into the middle of your favorite Disney stories. So why not add them to the game in a big way? Park-themed play sets could be packed with ride-based mini-games which could be left as stand-alone set pieces or tied together into a silly storyline, as would suit Infinity's light-hearted nature.
And what about some of Disney's famed rides? The Haunted Mansion alone could make for a fun play set, with figures for the Hatbox Ghost and Madame Leota — plus it would have been a hit with the Mansion's cult following.
Infinity did have park-inspired toy boxes and toy box elements that let players build their own parks, but the game could have really built on this — I would have loved park-inspired figures and play sets.
Just where were the Muppets?
The Muppets' whimsical nature could have been a great fit in the Disney Infinity universe. Just imagine a Muppet Theater play set where you have to help the Muppet crew put on the perfect show — with, of course, plenty of silly celebrity cameos.
What I'm getting at is I would have loved Gonzo and Camilla figures — and the rest of the Muppets could have joined them, too.
Totoro and more Studio Ghibli
Okay, this is a stretch, but this entire list is pretty pie-in-the-sky at this point, so why not? Disney distributes Studio Ghibli's films, so perhaps, in time, we could have seen some of Ghibli's imaginative settings in Infinity. You've probably already guessed where I'm going here: Totoro play set. Need I say more?
Even more Marvel
While Infinity 2.0 and 3.0 were big on Marvel, the Marvel universe is massive — and there was so much more to explore. The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. crew would have fit in neatly with the Marvel movie sets in Infinity. The silly nature of Squirrel Girl and the outright oddness of Howard the Duck would have made them fun characters, wherever they wound up in the game.
But, more than any of the rest, I regret the lack of the X-Men. Yes, Marvel has been shying away from the X-Men lately but it's a tremendously fun classic Marvel franchise. This addition would have added a lot of variety to the game's super hero lineup and shake up the Avengers-centric gameplay.
It's a shame we won't see these or any of the other places Disney Infinity might have gone in the coming years. But now it's your turn: what do you wish were added to Infinity before it was game over?