In a move few saw coming, the Disney Infinity series has met its demise. The Walt Disney Company has reported on earnings for the second quarter and six months of the 2016 fiscal year, and their Interactive Media revenue has decreased about 8%. As a result, the Disney Infinity franchise has been canceled, as reported by Ben Fritz for the Wall Street Journal.
Disney Infinity seems like one of those series that would practically print money, but it has actually been struggling for quite some time now. Disney Infinity 3.0 sold less than half of what the first installation sold, by moving 2.16 million copies across all its platforms as opposed to the 5.03 of the first Disney Infinity game. Suffice to say, Disney wasn’t reaping the revenue they needed, and this loss contributed to the company’s 6% drop in stock value.
As for Disney Interactive Studios, the Walt Disney Company also has plans to cease games publishing as a whole, although they may likely retain this division, albeit on a much smaller scale, most likely simply for distribution purposes as planned for games like Kingdom Hearts 3. The Alice Through the Looking Glass and Finding Dory sets will still release as intended this month and in June, respectively.
Avalanche Software, the studio that develops the Disney Infinity games, on the other hand, will be closed down with the cancellation of their primary series. 300 jobs will be cut, as a result of this severance.
Despite the sales numbers, Disney Infinity did garner growing critical praise with each entry, and its cancellation is a loss to the libraries of current and future video game platforms. For now, there’s no word on what else the Walt Disney Company may have in the pipeline, as far as video games go, but many would hope it will have the same impact as the Disney Infinity series.
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