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According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Disney is working on Marvel and Star Wars figurines for Disney Infinity. A timeframe for their release was not provided.

The Wall Street Journal also claims that Disney’s interactive-media unit will be laying off “several hundred people”. You can find more in The Wall Street Journal’s article here.

Disney Infinity continues to sell quite well. In the US last month, the game sold another 550,000 units.

A total of 3 million starter packs have now been sold.

Jimmy Pitaro, president of Disney Interactive, told The New York Times, “We believe we’ve set the stage for Infinity to be an enduring video game platform.”

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Disney Infinity executive producer John Vignocchi has tweeted about wanting to see Captain EO supported in the game.

Vignocchi wrote on Twitter yesterday:


Vignocchi is, of course, referring to the 1980s film featuring Michael Jackson. Disney theme parks showcased the science fiction movie through the 1990s, and the attraction returned in 2010 following Jackson’s passing.

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John Pleasants, co-president of Disney Interactive, has resigned from the company. His leave takes place on Monday, effective immediately. However, Pleasants intends to stay on as a consultant until at least January.

Pleasants said of his departure:

“It was a collaborative decision to do what’s right for the business at a time when we have clear momentum. It’s complicated to have co-presidents. It doesn’t seem to make sense as a long-term strategy.”

“I will tell you that it’s a bit of a mixed thing for me. I would have also been happy to stay on. I would be misleading you if I said I wanted to leave.”

Jimmy Pitaro, Disney Interactive’s other co-president, will now lead the entire division.

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Over 1 million Disney Infinity Starter Packs have been sold since launch, it has been confirmed. Walt Disney Company chairman and CEO Bob Iger revealed the news during the company’s post-earnings release conference call yesterday.

According to Iger, retailers have been experiencing regular sell-outs. Walt Disney senior executive VP and CFO Jay Rasulo added that the holidays will be a significant period for Disney Infinity, but “we feel good about its prospects so far” based on feedback from retailers, consumers, and gamers.”

Disney Infinity boosted Disney Interactive’s gaming sector during the fourth quarter of its fiscal year, with revenues rising from 93 percent to $396 million. Operating profit came in at $16 million, which is a significant turnaround from last year’s $76 million loss.

Overall sales are up 26 percent to $1.1 billion. Operating losses, meanwhile, lowered from $216 million to $87 million.

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A new update is now available for Disney Infinity.

The patch adds in the previously-promised support of the Wii U Pro Controller and Classic Controller/Classic Controller. Additionally, players can now use a new screenshot function to share images on Miiverse. Finally, the Tron Identity Disc was added to the Toy Box Vault.

Here’s the official update notes straight from the Disney Infinity Miiverse community:

In other news, we now have confirmation that Disney Infinity will be receiving Pro Controller and Classic Controller support “very soon”. That’s according to an official post on the game’s official forums:

“Great news everyone! The Wii U Pro Controller and Classic Controller should be compatible with Disney Infinity very soon. Thank you for your patience!”

Thanks to Jake for the tip.

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