Disney is finally releasing a follow-up film to the cult hit Tron. Later this year the onscreen adventures of Kevin Flynn will continue after decades of waiting, but Tron has already been an influence in the video game industry long since the release of the first film.
The App Store is filled with light cycle racing clones and derivations on other Tron-based minigames. Naturally, Disney Interactive Studios is developing new iPhone games based on the film that feature its high-res flair. During E3 we were able to sample Tron Legacy for the iPhone.
Much like the recently released Toy Story 3 app, Tron Legacy will be a portal for all things Tron. It’s a free download with content that can be unlocked by in-app purchases. Disney plans to release three separate games inside the portal: Tanks, Light Cycle Racing, and Discs. If you’re a fan of light cycles and not tanks, you can choose which games you want. There will also be 2-D and 3-D versions of some of the games, adding some variety to each offering.
The only minigame available for us to play during E3 was Tanks. Tanks is a twin-stick shooter that has you navigating tight corridors while doing battle with spider-bots and other baddies. The demo we experienced has some nice visuals, but the gameplay was pretty slow and is obviously still being tweaked.
Disney is also implementing social tools in Tron Legacy that will have you choosing which side to fight for. Red, green, blue, and yellow factions will duke it out for online supremacy. You’ll be given live stats as the tug-of-war between the different colors rages on.
The visuals are slick and the interface is tight, but this app will live or die based on how well Disney can recreate the classic games of Tron. The film will be released in December, but you can expect the iPhone games well in advance. Stay with us for more coverage on Tron Legacy as the app continues to grow.