Demand The Walt Disney Company to resume production of Disney Infinity
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In May last year, The Walt Disney Company announced the definitive closure of its video game department and the cancellation of a franchise which to many was on its way of becoming the company's ultimate interactive experience: Disney Infinity.
Many of us, the players, received this news, first to great surprise, because it was completely unexpected, followed by sadness and a profound indignation. Disney Infinity - in its three installments - was (and still is) a great game, overflowing with creativity and the most cheerful Disney spirit, with great characters (Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars) and exciting adventures. In addition, he had one of the best fan communities as well as a beautifully healthy relationship between the developers and the followers of the series. In addition, as revealed after the cancellation, there were big plans for future game releases, with more characters and stories (a fan-favorite Peter Pan figure, new franchises like Doctor Strange, Moana [Vaiana], Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol. 2, Cars 3, Thor: Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Coco and Star Wars Episode VIII; a Toy Box Story Mode, Hulk, Darth Vader, Jack Skellington , Buzz Lightyear, Elsa and Hulkbuster Premium figures, a possible collaboration with Hasbro, Inc. for the management of the toy section of the project, and much more). Disney Infinity was from the first moment more than a game: a platform that could be built upon indefinitely with new characters and new stories. It was the Disney spirit made game, a work of art worthy of Walt Disney himself.
It is my humble opinion that cancelling Disney Infinity has been the biggest mistake the 'House of Mouse' has made in the last few decades, which I can only explain in this way: that Disney executives are completely unrelated to the creative minds within and out of the studio, and no longer care about what has more value and artistic potential but which produces greater economic benefits with greater ease. In this case, it is a question of closing the door to a whole world of infinite possibilities, with the excuse that the video game market 'Toys to Life' is not 'safe' or 'reliable' at the moment.
A big mistake, easily salvageable if we stick to the philosophy of the founder of the company, who once spoke of the need to have 'courage' and rely on some seemingly risky proposals: ‘Courage is the main quality of leadership [...], no matter where it is exercised. Usually it implies some risk - especially in new undertakings.’
I often stop and think about how different the situation would be if Walt were still here, or at least if individuals such as Bob Iger, the current Disney CEO, were more loyal to the legacy of this great American hero. Surely, if Walt had been as brave as they were in this respect, Disneyland would never have built.
Eight months ago, a brave boy from the Netherlands, Tim Wanders, initiated a petition, currently closed, on this same page (https://www.change.org/p/the-walt-disney-company-save-disney -infinity). Needless to say, I signed that petition, and I do not know the reason why it has long been closed. But I am ready to start a new campaign and if necessary write a new letter addressed to responsible Disney executives to open avenues for dialogue on a possible future for this wonderful game.
Yesterday was Three Kings Day, and thus ended the Christmas season, a time in which the end of a year is celebrated and the birth of a new year, with new perspectives and future projects in the horizon. Celebrating Christmas is an exercise in Faith and Hope, and that is what moves me, more than anything, to initiate this petition. It is not my intention to give lessons on how to run a company, for I admit my utter ignorance in financial matters. I simply want to record my fervent desire to see how Disney Infinity can become what we were promised since the first version of the game came out more than three years ago: an infinite adventure. I want to let Bob Iger and the other executives responsible for the cancellation of the game know that Disney Infinity can and should have a future, and if there is something this campaign helps us achieve, I hope it is at least to make Disney know there are still people out there who dream of living adventures in an enchanted world of toys that come to life in the most magical of Disney games.
Let us #JoinForces once more to #SaveDisneyInfinity.
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