Disney Closing ‘Epic Mickey’ Video Game Developer


It’s a sad time for “Epic Mickey” fans. The interactive division of the Walt Disney Co. announced that it is closing Junction Point Studios, its Texas-based developer that created “Disney Epic Mickey” and its 2012 sequel “Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.”

Disney said the closure is part of its “effort to address the fast-evolving gaming platforms and marketplace” and to align its resources with its key priorities.  Disney acquired Junction Point in 2007. The studio was led by Warren Spector.

Staring Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, both “Epic Mickey” games were set in Wasteland, a warped version of Disneyland.

The first “Epic Mickey” was released only for the Nintendo Wii. It was the 6th best-selling game the month it was released in 2010. “Epic Mickey 2,” which was available for the Wii, as well as the Sony PlayStation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360, didn’t crack the top 10 when it was released last November, according to gaming industry tracker NPD Group.

Disney unveiled plans earlier this month for a new franchise combining a toy line and a game called “Disney Infinity,” similar to “Skylanders” from Activision-Blizzard Inc. “Infinity” is being developed by Disney’s Salt Lake City, Utah-based developer Avalanche Software and is set to debut in June alongside “Monsters University,” the 3-D prequel to the  “Monsters Inc.”

  • Daddy & Daughter Review of Epic Mickey 2 – The Power of Two (chipandco.com)

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  • http://www.facebook.com/RebelComix Hooch Relayson

    Epic Mickey was a pretty terrible game. Haven’t played EM2, but the way it was described sounds like they didn’t address the issues that made the first one bad. Sorry to see people lose their jobs, but frankly they don’t seem to have a very good record. Disney Infinity looks like it could be fantastic though.