The finite future of Disney Infinity’s online features become more clear Friday, when Disney Interactive detailed how and when the once-vibrant creative community will come crashing down like Death Star debris over Arendelle.
We learned a couple months back that this was coming, when Disney declared an end to their take on the toys-to-life experiment still represented on shelves by Skylanders and LEGO Dimensions.
Today (July 29) marked the sudden end for in-game purchases on Google/Amazon Android and Apple TV, as well as Disney Infinity 2.0 on PC/Steam (3.0 still has in-game purchasing until Sept. 30).
But today is just the beginning of a long goodbye for Infinity features as servers get shut down over the next few months.
On Sept. 30, all those versions but Steam (2.0 and 3.0) will basically die and no longer be available for download from their respective app marketplaces. Steam players will still have the game but no online interactivity. Also on this date, Community Content-submitted Toy Box creations will no longer be reviewed or approved for any version of the game, although those already published online will still be there and can be downloaded — until March 3, 2017, that is. (More on that shortly.)
Come Jan. 3, 2017, the Windows 8 and 10 version of the game will lose the in-game purchase function.
About Disney Infinity’s in-game purchases
What’s the deal with these “in-game purchases,” you may ask? While the console versions of the game (for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Wii U and the previous generation) use a USB “Infinity Base” to connect the game’s collectible figurines with the game environment, the PC and tablet versions of the game don’t: Characters are added to the game by purchasing the figures and using the “web code” on a card included with each toy, or by a downloadable content transaction — hence, the in-game purchases.
Then comes March 3, the end of the eight-month death spiral, when the Windows and Apple TV version “will no longer be available, supported or playable” — in other words, dead. It’s also the end for all online services and community features in all versions of Disney Infinity. Play Sets and compatible figures and Power Discs you’ve purchased will continue to function, as will any virtual Toy Boxes you’ve created and saved locally — but that’s it. No more downloads (or access to them, apparently).
(March 3 is also my late Mom’s birthday, so … thanks for that, Disney! Are you going to send First Order stormtroopers into my home to confiscate the almost-complete collection of Infinity figures, too?)