There have been a few innovations from the last Gen of gaming that we all, well most of us, wanted to see used as steps towards being in the game itself. Nintendo brought us motion sensor gaming with the Wii system and now we have Disney Playmation. (yes Disney).
What is Playmation?
“Playmation is the next step in the evolution of play, where digital gets physical and imagination becomes real. The groundbreaking system of toys and wearables uses smart technology to inspire kids to run around and use their imaginations, as they become the hero or heroine of stories from across The Walt Disney Company. Playmation Marvel’s Avengers is the first of a series of systems in development, including Star Wars and Frozen. In Playmation Marvel’s Avengers, strap the high-tech Repulsor Gear onto your arm and join the Avengers in their fight to save Earth! As an Avenger recruit, your on-board intelligence JARVIS will guide you from your Gear as you accept missions from the Avengers and battle in exotic locations around the universe to save our planet—all from the comfort of your own home.”
That was Disney’s take.
Disney Playmation isn’t a video game, at least not in the traditional sense. Players put on one of the smart toys (the starter kit comes with an Iron Man repulsor glove), and a combination of the wearable, motion sensors, and bluetooth connectivity.
You don’t need an internet connection, PC, or console, and the toys function outside. The Avengers set comes with a number of missions for one or two players, issued by Avengers AI JARVIS. Future sets will tie in with Star Wars in 2016 and Frozen in 2017.
There are also toys, called “smart figures” that work with a “power activator” base. These allow you to access new missions, fight alongside and against different characters and, according to the Playmation website, allow you to unlock new abilities.
Disney Playmation is coming in October 2015. The starter pack, which comes with one Repulsor gear, Captain America, Red Skull, and two activators, will retail for $119.99. Additional figures are priced at $14.99, and the Prowler Bot carries a price of $39.99
Something in the right direction…. one hopes