Disclosure: Mama Smith was provided with an all expenses paid trip to cover this event. All opinions expressed are 100% her own.
Since I am a huge gamer, I was really looking forward to the Disney Interactive Gaming Panel at D23 Expo. I was beyond excited from the moment I found out that it was on our itinerary and I would be able to attend. I was itching to hear news on Disney Infinity 3.0 characters and I had my fingers crossed for a Kingdom Hearts III release date. While I did not get that release date, I did get some pretty exciting news about the game itself. There was also some pretty awesome Star Wars games (and Playstation!) announcements.
Disney Infinity 3.0
I have been playing Disney Infinity since it came out. I am not ashamed to admit that I have all of the characters for Disney Infinity and Disney Infinity 2.0. I have even been lucky enough to start my 3.0 collection with the Inside Out playset (read about that here) and Mickey Mouse figure that was given to us for attending this panel! There were some awesome character announcements too – Nick Wilde and Judy Hopps from Zootopia, Spot from The Good Dinosaur, Hulkbuster & Ultron, and Finn and Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be joining the Disney Infinity family. If you have played the game before than you know about the “Ultimate Unlock” – once you collect all the character figures you get a special addition to the game. It was announced at the panel that the Disney Inifinty 3.0 Ultimate Unlock will be Sora’s Keyblade from Kingdom Hearts! I was pretty much freaking out at this point because that is combining two of my all time favorite games. At the very end of the panel, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley, co-stars of Star Wars™ The Force Awakens, came out on stage and gave away their character figures, Finn and Rey. As if that news wasn’t exciting enough, when we were leaving we were given a D23 Expo exclusive power disk that will NEVER be in stores – it unlocks a special Kingdom Hearts Mickey Costume of King Mickey, Keyblade Master, and King of Disney Castle for the Mickey Mouse figure we received. Take a look at some game play footage of Hulkbuster and Ultron in Disney Infinity below.
Kingdom Hearts III
I was waiting for some BIG Kingdom Hearts III news at the panel, and boy did I get it! We found out that characters from Big Hero 6 will be appearing in it! The much-anticipated addition to the KINGDOM HEARTS franchise will take Sora and a cast of Disney companions to the urban setting of San Fransokyo, home of lovable robot Baymax, continuing the events of the animated film. We were told that the Baymax who was left behind will be corrupted and become a villian of the game. How amazing does that sound? Academy Award-winning producer Roy Conli let us know that the Big Hero 6 characters will be an integral part of KINGDOM HEARTS III. Above you see the video message that was played for D23 attendees where Conli draws parallels between core elements of the animated film and the overarching KINGDOM HEARTS story, remarking: “Big Hero 6 is such a special film for me – and we always made sure that each action sequence had a very special meaning. The themes in KINGDOM HEARTS and Big Hero 6 match very well. For instance there’s friendship, really important to both stories, and then of course light over darkness.” Baymax even came out to help make the announcement, leaving only when he was told we were satisfied with his service. I cannot WAIT to play this game. As soon as I told my husband about these announcements, he was so excited! He already couldn’t wait for the game to come out. Hopefully we will have a release date soon.
As part of the Playmation part of the panel they announced that Playmation Marvel’s Avengers Gamma Gear will be coming this Fall in addition to the Iron Man Repulser Gear. The Gamma Gear is inspired by the 7-foot Hulk and lets you smash into battle using motion-sensing technology putting you in the Avengers action. Slip your hands into the Gamma Gear and use the motion-based controls to smash your way through missions and stomp through battlegrounds with different Hulk moves like Ground Slam, Thunder Clap, and other combos. I was lucky enough to attend a live presentation of Playmation up close and personal. I posted about it last FanGirl Friday and you can see it here. Playmation is the next level of gaming and I expect it to be a top product this holiday season. Preorder yours here so you don’t miss out!
Disney Magic Kingdoms
I love to pass time by playing games on my phone. I probably do it a little too often actually. I was really excited at the panel when Disney Interactive announced Disney Magic Kingdoms. This is a new mobile game being created with Gameloft that lets players build the Disney theme park of their dreams by recreating and placing iconic attractions such as Space Mountain, Haunted Mansion, California Screamin’ and many more in a fun animated landscape. In Disney Magic Kingdoms, fans can also interact with characters from more than 90 years of Disney history, including Mickey Mouse, Cinderella, Buzz Lightyear, Mike Wazowski and countless others. Players will also face numerous quests that will unravel an exciting tale of adventure to save the park from villains including Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent, Toy Story’s Emperor Zurg and Tangled’s Mother Gothel. I know that this will be a ton of fun. We got some sneak peak footage at it and I cannot wait to download it! Discover more about Disney Magic Kingdoms here.
Star Wars Battlefront
Star Wars Battlefront is highly anticipated by Star Wars fans and gamers alike. Being both of those, I am pretty thrilled about it. I loved seeing the game play up on the big screen at the panel – and it made me even more excited for the November 17th release date! We were told about a DLC, The Battle of Jakku, that will be available on December 1st, 2015 for those that pre-order Star Wars Battlefront, and a week later for those who don’t. This game is sure to be a hot commodity this holiday season so I suggest pre-ordering yours now.
Star Wars Battle Pod
Star Wars Battle Pods look pretty darn cool! They even wheeled one out on stage while we were there AND we got to see some awesome gameplay footage. These are large gaming systems that will be available to play at a lot of arcades around the world – or if you are lucky (and wealthy) enough, you could have one in your home. We were not told for how much, but we were told that premium editions would be available for home purchases. These will have leather seats and the owner’s name will appear on the credit roll! Pretty cool huh? They will even have versions – the rebels and the dark side.
Limited Edition Star Wars Playstation 4 Bundles
On November 17, fans will be able to purchase two very special limited-edition Darth Vader-inspired PlayStation4 Star Wars bundles: Star Wars: Battlefront and Disney Infinity 3.0: Star Wars. The bundles include a fully customized PS4 featuring an image of Darth Vader, a controller inspired by Darth Vader’s suit and more. Now, I already have a Playstation4 but I am already trying to justify to myself just why I would need a second one so that I can get one of these. If you come up with any good reasons, please, let me know! For full information for the Limited-Edition PlayStation®4 Hardware Bundles click here.