Disney is leaving the video game publishing business, the company announced Tuesday, marking the end of its Disney Infinity game series.
The company is shuttering its internal game studio, Avalanche, which debuted Disney Infinity in 2013. The action-adventure series combines story-driven game play with physical character figurines from Disney and Pixar franchises like Toy Story, Frozen, and Pirates of Caribbean, as well as the Marvel and Star Wars films.
Instead, Disney will shift to a licensing model, said John Pitaro, chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, in a statement. Pitaro cited high development costs and a lack of growth in the “toys-to-life” market. “This was a difficult decision that we did not take lightly given the quality of Disney Infinity and its many passionate fans,” he said.
Disney Infinity‘s final releases include new characters from Alice Through the Looking Glass later this month and a Finding Dory playset set to launch in June, according to a Disney Interactive blog post from Studio Vice President and General Manager John Blackburn, who cofounded Avalanche in 1995 and helped negotiate its acquisition by Disney in 2005.
“From the beginning, Disney Infinity was built for you — our fans — and I wanted to take a moment to thank you not just for your support over the years, but for creating a community that made Disney Infinity more than just a game,” Blackburn wrote in the blog post. “Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.”