Disney Interactive is exiting the video game business for what feels like the umpteenth time. The publisher has announced today that it will no longer self-publish console titles, meaning that it's shuttering Avalanche Software and ditching toys-to-life release Disney Infinity. The latter will result in around 300 job losses.
So, what's the reason behind the decision? Well, money as always. The company claims that Disney Infinity – the most recent entry of which leaned heavily on Star Wars – had "lower results" than expected. There'll be two more toy sets before the entire project is jettisoned: one character pack based upon Alice through the Looking Glass this month, followed by a Finding Dory playset in June.
There will, of course, continue to be games based upon Disney properties, but they'll be licensed out similarly to the way that EA has exclusive rights to Star Wars. We wouldn't be surprised if most of its efforts when into mobile moving forwards. Nevertheless, this isn't the first time that the Mickey Mouse maker has downsized its gaming operations – the closure of Split/Second dev Black Rock being one instance.
Our thoughts, as always, go out to all of those impacted by this announcement.