Disney has a lot riding on Disney Infinity, the upcoming video game that will allow players to mix and match characters from different properties — for instance, Captain Jack Sparrow and Mr. Incredible — using collectible figures and a special scanner. The media giant’s fledgling Disney Interactive Studios has reportedly spent more than $100 million on development, even as the division laid off more than 500 employees and suffered $1.41 billion in losses from other ventures.
To free up resources for Disney Infinity, which seems like an all-or-nothing situation, The Wall Street Journal contends Disney also stopped production on an Iron Man video game that was planned to be released this year, and passed on chance to produce Star Wars video games following its $4.05 billion purchase of Lucasfilm.
The last part isn’t a surprise, as Disney shut down LucasArts in April, ending development of Star Wars 1313 and Stars Wars: First Assault and shifting to a licensing model for Star Wars games. However, that Iron Man game was never announced, but it presumably would’ve been tied to Marvel’s Iron Man 3 … the highest-grossing film of the year (to date it’s grossed $1.2 billion worldwide; it arrives on Blu-ray and DVD next month). Clearly, Disney really, really needs Disney Infinity to pay off.