Hands-On Preview: Disney Infinity 3.0

In the past two iterations, Disney Interactive Entertainment brought players into a whole new world of interacting with the numerous and beloved characters in its Disney universe through Disney Infinity, the “toys-to-life” sandbox title filled with more Disney characters new and old than you could imagine.

After the first title relied mostly on classic Disney characters and last year’s Disney Infinity 2.0 brought out the company’s stable of characters from the Marvel universe, this time around Disney Infinity 3.0 is taking things into a galaxy far, far away, jumping hyperspeed-style into the Star Wars universe.

While on the show floor of this week’s E3 2015, we had the chance to check out and experience Disney Infinity 3.0, and luckily if the menagerie of Disney or Marvel characters weren’t your cup of tea, Disney Infinity 3.0 might just be your (intergalactic) flavor of fun.

Bringing together Star Wars characters from the prequel trilogy, the classic original trilogy, and everything in between, Disney Infinity 3.0 is set to bring its fun blend of creativity and letting imaginations run wild by having your favorite Star Wars characters in a variety of missions, challenges, and most of all, crazy fun scenarios.

Whether it’s in epic lightsaber battles or podracing through the sands of Tatooine, Disney Infinity 3.0 shows a genuine love of all things Star Wars. It’s easy to see that just from the character figurines.

(You can view images for all of the current new Disney Infinity 3.0 figurines below, along with images of the new Inside Out figurines joining the fun.)

With characters joining the title from the original trilogy, the prequels, Inside Out, and the recently-revealed characters from the Star Wars Rebels animated series, the new figurines provide a wide range of appeal to Star Wars fans young and old.

While the figurines of Disney Infinity 3.0 are the centerpiece of the experience and the most tangible aspect, the gameplay of Disney Infinity 3.0 shows that even with the competition of other Star Wars titles like the LEGO Star Wars series and this fall’s Star Wars: BattlefrontDisney Infinity 3.0 might just be the type of Star Wars experience you are looking for (if it’s droids you’re looking for though, I’m not quite as sure).

The single-player of Disney Infinity 3.0 is divided up into three distinct settings. The Star Wars areas of the game are cut up into the Twilight of the Republic campaign inspired by Episodes I-III. Players looking for the classic Star Wars experience will be able to take Luke and Leia on an original trilogy-inspired adventure called Rise Against the Empire. Aside from the Star Wars content, Inside Out will also feature its own mode that completely changes the gameplay style into a 2D platformer, featuring all of the lovable characters from Disney-Pixar’s latest film.

During our time with the title at E3, we were able to jump into segments of the game’s Toy Box, jumping between characters like Obi Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, and other recognizable faces while also toying around with some of characters coming from The Clone Wars and Rebels, such as Asoka and Zeb.

Though mechanically similar to previous Disney Infinity titles with platforming, combat, racing, and more, the Star Wars series in particular is opening up plenty of opportunities for new and exciting content for the Disney Infinity series.

With the aid of developers such as Ninja Theory assisting with the combat and lightsaber battles that only Star Wars can do, the most exciting (and promising) aspects of Disney Infinity 3.0 seen so far are the mixture of Star Wars with the player’s imagination.

In my particular demo, I was able to play inside the Nightmare Before Christmas-inspired Toy Box, but in a twist, I took The Clone Wars‘ Asoka for a spin in a sports car blazing through the roads. Once I ran across enemies, I jumped into combat with twin lightsabers which feels surprisingly robust and tuned for the Star Wars characters.

This extended too into some of the other characters played during my session with the game, such as the whirlwind twirling and acrobatics of Yoda or the rollin’ and shootin’ of Boba Fett. No matter which of the characters I tried, I played with a big grin on my face getting to swap between characters from the Star Wars universe that I know and love, with each feeling exactly how I would expect them to feel, whether it was Chewbacca with his crossbow or going toe-to-toe with enemies as Anakin Skywalker.

Though we only had a brief glimpse of the characters and Star Wars inspirations we are going to see through the game’s Toy Box mode, Disney Infinity 3.0 already shows a game that will be packed with things to do for Star Wars fans of any generation. Through concept art at the booth and other demos running nearby, we were able to get a glimpse of space combat with the likes of X-Wings and TIE Fighters, podracing across the sands of Tatooine, and more.

Disney Infinity 3.0 shows us that more great fun is in store for the Disney Infinity series this year.

Even with a series as heavily marketable and used for branding as the Star Wars series is, Disney Infinity 3.0 is clearly aiming for the stars with adding its stable of Star Wars characters to the series. Even when Star Wars might seem franchised out at this point, Disney Infinity 3.0 at least captures that sense of fun and charm that Star Wars captures so well, and already makes me want to go back to its galaxy, even if it is far, far away.

Disney Infinity 3.0 will release for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, iOS, and Android in 2015 – you can also check out an extensive gallery below of screenshots from the game in its Star Wars-based playlets, along with screenshots from the Inside Out playset:

[Images and screenshots courtesy of Disney Interactive Entertainment]

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Ryan Meitzler

Ryan is the Editor-in-Chief at DualShockers and has been a lover of games as long as he can remember. He holds a BA in English and Cinema and lives in New York City.

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