Disney Wants Developers to Take On its Catalogue

By Alistair Jones on at

Disney is opening its vaults to game developers. Speaking at the DICE Summit in Las Vegas yesterday (via The Hollywood Reporter), senior VP of games and interactive experiences Sean Shoptaw told attendees that he wanted "to empower you to do really unique things with our [catalogue]."

Citing the success of games like Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Marvel's Spider-Man, Shoptaw said that Disney wants to "tap into the power of creatives across the industry," extending an open invitation for developers to come and "reimagine" properties from across Disney's extensive roster.

Disney has, of course, been dabbling in games for years, from the likes of Epic Mickey and Kingdoms Hearts, to more recent high-profile entries in the Star Wars and Marvel universes. As Disney+ has shown us, however, there's a huge back catalogue for would-be developers to take advantage of, and Shoptaw says developers' focus should be on original story-telling and reimagination of popular characters, so I'm interested to see what partnerships this new approach opens up.