Rejoice, Disney Infinity fans! Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has just announced that they have acquired and re-opened Avalanche Software, the studio behind the canceled Disney Infinity series.
The studio will open back up and retain the name Avalanche Software. John Blackburn will resume his position as studio head, with some members of the old team expected to return. Now under control of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Avalanche will be developing a Cars 3 game for the upcoming Disney Pixar movie under the same name.
Warner Bros. has also gotten the rights to the Octane engine, which Avalanche created specifically for developing the Disney Infinity series. Cars 3 is being developed with this engine, so hopefully Disney Infinity fans will find certain aspects of the game to look and feel similar.
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president David Haddad released the following statement,
It is a tremendous pleasure to welcome Avalanche Software into our development stable, and we look forward to working with our new team, Pixar Animation Studios, and DCPI to create ‘Cars 3’ based on the upcoming film and hugely popular franchise. The Avalanche talent and technology are a great addition to our group of outstanding developers, and we are excited for this ‘Cars 3’ game as well as all of the future games the team will create under John’s leadership.
Obviously Avalanche Software has experience with the cars franchise, as Disney Infinity 1.0 included both Cars figures, as well as a Cars 2 Play Set.
Warer Bros. also has previous experience with Disney properties, most recent being the LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens game released last Summer.
No word on when exactly in 2017 the new Cars 3 game will be released, but players can look forward to the return of Avalanche Software, and hopefully a long and healthy partnership between Warner Bros. and The Walt Disney Company.