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FoxBusiness.com writes EA has opened a new studio in Los Angeles in an effort to attract talent from rival developers. The new studio will house EA’s Stockholm-based DICE game developer, which will be central to the creation of a new series of “Star Wars” games.
The Walt Disney Company and Electronic Arts Inc. have announced a new multi-year exclusive licensing agreement to develop and publish globally new games based on Star Wars characters and storylines.
Disney Interactive today announced that “Disney’s Planes,” a flying adventure video game inspired by the upcoming Disney animated comedy adventure film, will be available exclusively for Nintendo platforms including the Wii™ and Wii U™ systems as well as the Nintendo 3DS™ and Nintendo DS™ handheld devices on August 6th, just a few days prior to the film’s August 9thopening in theaters nationwide. The game will expand beyond the storyline of “Disney’s Planes,” offering players the opportunity to enjoy the thrill of flight as one of the popular characters from the film.
The Official Disney Interactive Tumblr has started a behind-the-scenes look at Disney Infinity. The first in the series, "Creating Disney Infinity", Disney leaders and creatives from across the company including John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich and Avalanche Software’s John Blackburn open up about Disney Infinity’s origins and Disney’s heritage of storytelling, creativity and exploration.
Prominent online game designer Raph Koster announced he was leaving Playdom and Disney today. Koster has worked for Disney since they acquired Playdom in 2010.
AppleInsider.com writes Lodsys, a company that has been suing app makers over alleged licensing fees since 2011, is now suing Disney claiming they've wrongfully infringed on one of their patents.
Five months after Disney acquired LucasFilm for $4.05 billion, Disney has decided to shut down the company's game creation studio LucasArts which has been making games for 31 years. Disney will instead license the properties to other game studios. The move means layoffs and the putting on hold of two major projects - First Assault and 1313.
The Disney Post (Disney's official company blog) talks to one of the designers of the incredibly successful Where's My Water? mobile game. It's a pretty fun listen.
GamesIndustry.biz reports Disney is not making its intentions clear regarding video game studios LucasArts which they acquired in the LucasFilm deal.
Wired.com's Geek Dad got the chance to go hands-on with the Disney Infinity Cars Playset when he visited Disney in London. The article has four unboxing videos - one for each character. Disney Infinity hits the street on August 18th.
The New York Times writes Disney Infinity, Disney's upcoming video game and toy initiative, has been offiially delayed from June to late August. According to the article, retailers who were impressed with the public reaction to teh demonstration pushed for the move to put it closer to the holiday season.
Disney's John Lasseter talks to Forbes magazine about Disney's new gaming system Disney Infinity in this lengthy interviews (with videos).
We just received an email from Disney Interactive letting us know a new mobile game is coming soon from Buzz Lightyear. Here's a quick look:
On the heels of the Disney Infinity announcement, Disney's John Lasseter talks to The Hollywood Reporter about video games and the opportunities they open up for Disney film franchises.
The Los Angeles Times reports on the closing of Texas game studio Junction Point who created Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey 2. The 140 person company was closed after Epic Mickey 2 turned out to be a flop.
A Forbes article on Disney's new gaming system, Disney Infinity, discusses John Lasseter's decision to allow characters from different Disney films to exist in the same world.
@GeekDadGamer has lots of video coming out of the Disney Infinity launch event on Tuesday. Be sure to check out all six videos to learn what you can about Disney's huge new gaming system.
Disney Interactive today unveiled its most ambitious gaming initiative ever, Disney Infinity. This all new game platform unlocks the freedom to create stories and play experiences starring beloved characters from The Walt Disney Company and Pixar Animation Studios. Disney Infinity allows players to both experience original adventures in some of their favorite Disney and Pixar worlds and to build their own worlds using the power of their imagination.
A new application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office from Disney describes techniques for a device that some speculate may be for a Disney gaming console, possibly as part of of the "Toy Box" project.
Wired.com continues speculation on what exactly what will be announced for Disney Infinity - Disney's upcoming cross platform gaming franchise. The "gaming initiative" will be revealed on January 15th.
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