Disney's new figure-based game "Disney Infinity" follows in the steps of the extremely successful 'Skylanders' series due to it's use of small figures being transported into the game with RFID technology. The game is set to be released for Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360, PS3, 3DS and Windows. The game was originally set to be released in June but it was announced that the game has now been delayed and will be released on August 18.
John Pleasants, co-president of Disney Interactive, explained the reason for the delay. "It gives us a little more time to add bells and whistles and make sure it really sings and pops" said Pleasants in a short interview. Also, the delay makes the game's release date slightly closer to the holiday season which would ultimately increase sales.
As mentioned above, the game uses RFID to transport the figures into the game. Since the Wii U's GamePad has an NFC sensor which is based off of RFID technology, players who own the Wii U version won't have to purchase any extra peripherals. Gamers would simply place the character anywhere on the GamePad and they'd play the game the same way anybody else would. This feature alone could boost Wii U sales due to the game being cheaper than the other versions which require an electronic "portal" with the RFID technology built inside.
As of right now, there are 27 characters that are featured in the game and it's possible that Disney Interactive could announce new characters shortly before the August release. Surprisingly, out of every confirmed character, there is no Mickey Mouse, Goofy or Donald Duck. Due to these characters not being featured as figures, it's possible that they could be unlocked in the game itself by completing quests or missions. More info about "Disney Infinity" will be coming so keep an eye out for more news before the release of the game.