Disney Is Pitching Developers To Make More Licensed Games
After everything that happened with Disney Infinity and The House of Mouse’s relationship with games in the past, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Disney were happy to remain a step removed from the video game industry. As it turns out, Mickey Mouse wants to get back into gaming.
Sean Shoptaw, vice president of gaming and interactive experiences at Disney, reportedly made the pitch to game developers during this year’s DICE summit in Las Vegas. “I’m here for one specific reason: to empower you to do really unique things with our [catalog] … we want to tap into the power of creatives across the industry,” Hollywood Reporter quoted Hoptaw as saying.
Disney’s previous experience in managing game development hasn’t always worked out – there’s plenty of great Disney games that ended up on the cutting room floor – but recent experiences have clearly caught their eye when it comes to licensing out their back catalog. Jedi Fallen Order is on track to sell more than 10 million units, according to EA, and the game hasn’t released a single piece of DLC yet. There’s also the success of Kingdom Hearts 3, and the influence of the success other publishers are having with reinterpretations or reimaginations of classic IP (like Insomniac’s Spider-Man).