Disney Infinity 3.0 was announced yesterday and features adventures from every Star Wars movie alongside improved backwards compatibility and play-sets for Inside Out and Marvel.

It’s an impressive set of franchises and features from the House of Mouse this year and for good reason. It is under strong pressure from competitors like Lego Dimensions, amiibo and an expected new Skylanders game. These titles all have in common the use of collectable plastic figurines to gain access to characters in the game. That and the ability to make big profits.

Disney Infinity 3.0 breaks Star Wars down into three play-sets. Players get the first one in the Starter Pack and then need to buy more toys to access the others:

  • Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic (Episodes I-III) takes place in the height of the Jedi’s powers, where players will use the Force and Lightsabers alongside Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda and Darth Maul.
  • Star Wars: Rise Against the Empire (Episodes IV-VI) takes players on galaxy-spanning missions with Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia Organa, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Darth Vader, piloting X-wing fighters or the Millennium Falcon to fight stormtroopers, or exploring land-based missions on planets like Tatooine, Hoth, and Endor.
  • Episode VII has few details so as not to spoil the film. In actually fact there were no concrete details apart from its inclusion this Winter.

It’s not just new film franchises this year though. Perhaps the best feature is that you can use all of the Star Wars characters in any of the Star Wars playsets. This improves on the Marvel playlets that enabled some characters to cross over.

The new game also adds a new Toy Box feature to group games into genres. This makes it easier to find a certain type of game. Additionally, two new multiplayer Toy Box Expansion Games are also included, action-adventure gameplay in Toy Box Takeover and kart racing in Toy Box Speedway.

The Disney Infinity 3.0 Star Wars Starter Pack will include:

  • Disney Infinity Base
  • Disney Infinity 3.0 video game software,
  • Star Wars: Twilight of the Republic Play Set
  • Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker character figures, and a web code card that unlocks content for PC and mobile devices.

Best of all this year (Star Wars not withholding) is that players who already have Disney Infinity 1.0 or 2.0 can purchase the Disney Infinity 3.0 Video Game Disc on its own and use the base they already own. This is another big step forward for the franchise as it avoids consumers having to purchase the complete starter pack again to play Disney Infinity 3.0.

There is a lot of information here but initially things look pretty good. If you are a Star Wars fan it will be hard to resist. The force is certainly strong with this one, the question is whether it’s stronger than its competitors?

Disney Infinity 3.0 will be available in the Autumn and is being developed by Avalanche Software in partnership with Ninja Theory, Sumo Digital, Studio Gobo and United Front Games. It will be available for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC and iOS/Android devices.