Disney shuts down Disney Infinity, along with its studio

Disney is shutting down its Disney Infinity line.
Disney is shutting down its Disney Infinity line.

Disney Interactive has discontinued its Infinity line of toys-to-life games, shutting down its Avalanche studio in the process.

According to Infinity Inquirer, an internal memo cited high development costs and "the lack of growth in the toys-to-life market" as the primary reason for the cancellation.

The cancellation will cost Disney $147 million, including inventory write-down and employee severance.

Close to 300 jobs will be cut in the dissolution of the Utah-based Avalanche (not to be confused with the Stockholm-based Avalanche Studios).

The announcement explains, to a degree, Disney's decision to pull out of exhibiting at the E3 Expo this year.

Disney Infinity launched back in 2013, offering players a line of toys based on Disney, Marvel, and Lucasfilm properties that could be dropped into gameplay in a variety of combinations.

Two more toy sets are still in the pipeline, based on upcoming Disney releases Alice Through the Looking Glass and Finding Dory.

- gameplanet.co.nz

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