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Disney Infinity’ developers say ‘mash-up’ gameplay not on the table right now

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Those who have dreams of someday playing "Disney Infinity" with Jack Sparrow or Wreck It Ralph in “The Incredibles” playset or driving with Lightning McQueen on Mars in the “Toy Story” playset may have to keep those dreams dormant.

In an exclusive interview with Examiner, “Disney Infinity” Art Director Jeff Bunker and Executive Producer John Vignocchi said the idea of “mash-up” gameplay sounds intriguing and isn’t out of the question, but a pair of problems halt the idea in its tracks.

“The first reason is that has always been very protective of its properties,” Bunker said. “It’s one of the reasons why you generally never experience mash-ups. The creators really appreciate how we’ve respected their properties and try to create an experience that is unique and personable to their stories and characters.

“We’ve also found that when we consider the idea, to mash-up playsets that you start working with a lowest common denominator type factor. In some respects you actually would have to dumb-down gameplay that you wouldn’t have had to if you kept it unique. I wouldn’t say never for sure, but I think there’s good reasons for why the eco system is set up the way it is now.”

But amid those issues, there is one way the characters could possibly one day play in each other’s playsets.

“Ultimately the toy box lets you live that fantasy, but it didn’t make sense,” Vignocchi said. “These characters don’t inherently mix in each others’ worlds. None of the characters we have now interact with each other in that way. But that’s not to say that if there was an opportunity for us to do that- and for it to make sense- that we wouldn’t consider it.”

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