The charmingly mischievous street rat from Agrabah, Aladdin is set to become a part of the popular video game Disney Infinity in the next wave of released characters. The famed hero will be one of the first characters from the hand-drawn collection of Disney icons to join the game.
Previous characters that users would play as in Disney Infinity consisted of newer characters that were derived from the CGI-animated films. These cast of individuals included the likes of Mike and Sulley from Monsters, Inc., Ralph and Vanellope from Wreck-It-Ralph and Anna and Elsa from Frozen. The most dated characters were Jack Skellington from The Nightmare Before Christmas and the sorcerer’s apprentice version of Mickey Mouse from Fantasia. Mickey served as the only original hand-drawn character from classic Disney films.
Users of the first Disney Infinity, which was released in August of 2013, sent in numerous requests to the developers for more classic characters to be added to the game. Their wish was granted as a handful of Disney originals are making their way into the 2.0 version of the game this fall. Aladdin is featured as one of the main leading male characters.
The addition of characters to the game is made possible by a series of physical toy-like figures that players can collect and use to actually add a virtual version of each figure to the game. The technology uses a certain sensory chip at the base of each figure to make this possible. Every figure is stylized to fit the persona of the character it is representing.
The Aladdin figure shows the street rat in his iconic purple vest, baggy patchwork pants and red cap with a carefree expression favoring that of a shrug. The base of his figure features a sandy platform, representing the sandy dunes of the Arabian desert in which the original film takes place in. The inclusion of Aladdin’s magic carpet will also be made available in Disney Infinity, although it will be a separate feature that is acquired only through hexagonal coins that feature the same technology as the character figures. These coins allow certain objects, vehicles, weapons, terrains, and skies to be placed within the virtual world the player creates themselves.
The inclusion of Aladdin means that developers almost have to include the fan-favorite Arabian princess Jasmine as well. A second wish was granted as Disney Infinity announced that Jasmine will serve as a playable character with her own figure at the same time Aladdin was announced. Jasmine is reportedly scheduled to not release until sometime in 2015 while her counterpart will drop this fall.
Players can get a small dose of playing as the lovable thief before his figure is released by playing the treasure hunt mode that is available on the recently released Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes game. The treasure hunt is a short adventure that introduces players to the world of Disney Infinity by playing as multiple Disney characters, beginning with Aladdin.
Becoming another part of Disney Infinity, Aladdin’s vinyl figure will release on Nov. 4. The announcement trailer for the Aladdin and Jasmine characters can be viewed below.
By Cody Collier