Avalanche Software, which Disney closed down in May 2016, was acquired by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment in Jan 2017, with John Blackburn returning as the CEO. During their time under Disney ownership, Avalanche produced numerous games based on Disney characters, including Disney Infinity. Disney Infinity was Disney’s answer to the Toys-to-Life genre, much like Skylanders and Amiibos.
In an ironic twist, Avalanche’s first assignment, as part of WBIE, will be to go back to the place that shut them down and create a game based on the upcoming Disney-Pixar movie, Cars 3. While it may seem a little cruel, at first, the assignment makes complete sense. Who knows Disney better than the team that was just working for them?
David Haddad, President of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, had nothing but good things to say about Avalanche and their CEO John Blackburn.
“We are excited to once again be working with the Avalanche team, who have a deep understanding of the Disney Pixar DNA, and a history of translating our stories into great gaming experiences.”
Cars has been a huge franchise for Disney Pixar and the news of Avalanche being revived to head up development of the game is a BIG deal. Avalanche had previously worked on Cars 2; the video game which sold Millions of copies in 2011 and received rating s of 72 and 75 on Metacritic.
Additionally, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has also obtained rights to the Octane engine technology, previously developed by Avalanche Software, which will be used to develop the Cars 3 title.
Cars 3 arrives in theaters June 16, 2017! To watch the latest Cars 3 trailer, click here.