We reported on the demise of Disney Infinity in the past and it was a shame to hear that the studio behind the project was shut down. Making successful titles and producing strong video games for younger audiences has given them much respect in the gaming industry. When they were shut down, it seems that Warner Bothers Games noted the great work they produced, as they recently announced the studio is coming back!
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced that it will develop and publish the Cars 3 videogame, scheduled for 2017, based on the upcoming Disney•Pixar film. The game will be developed by Avalanche Software, which has re-opened under Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and will be led by John Blackburn. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has also obtained rights to the Octane engine technology, previously developed by Avalanche Software, which will be used to develop the Cars 3 title.
This is wonderful news, as the studio is back making strong family games. One fun fact about this news is that Disney is not only working with the studio again, but that they made a Cars title in the past. They developed Cars 2 for the PS3 and Xbox 360, which was a kart-racing styled game using characters from the franchise. It was high quality too and many enjoyed it when the title launched.
Cars 3 being a big shift for the IP tonally from prior Cars films could offers the studio a chance in making a good story and even more enjoyable gameplay. While we won’t be using our Infinity figures for this new racing adventure, it’s still nice seeing the studio come back from the dead.
“It is a tremendous pleasure to welcome Avalanche Software into our development stable, and we look forward to working with our new team, Pixar Animation Studios, and DCPI to create Cars 3 based on the upcoming film and hugely popular franchise,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “The Avalanche talent and technology are a great addition to our group of outstanding developers, and we are excited for this Cars 3 game as well as all of the future games the team will create under John’s leadership.”
Source: Business Wire