Disney have moved the release date for upcoming Skylanders-competitor Disney Infinity back from June to August after retailers pushed for a release window closer to the selling frenzy of the autumn months.
“The date became an issue in terms of them asking, ‘Is there a better opportunity here?’ ” said Disney Interactive co-president John Pleasants.
He didn't directly mention Skylanders by name, but with collectable 'Playsets' supplementing Infinity and providing new opportunities for players to expand their gameplay experiences, it's clear where the competition lies.
“We think it’s good to be first and really lean into the most important selling season of the year,” Pleasants said simply.
He added that the extra two months would be used to polish the game even further
“We could deliver in June if we wanted to,” he said. “Will a two-month timing change help us? Sure, of course. It gives us a little more time to add bells and whistles and make sure it really sings and pops.”
Disney Infinity was originally due to release on current consoles and Nintendo 3DS this June, to tie in with the release of Pixar's Monsters University. Now, however, the game "will reach stores on Aug. 18 in North America and on Aug. 20 overseas". [New York Times]