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"Epic Mickey" development studio closed by Disney

Leah Zanolla | Posted: Feb 7, 2013 | Updated: Oct 19, 2014 - 9:25:27 AM
Disney Interactive Studios is closing Junction Point Studios, the developer of the Disney Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two video games. Junction Point Studios was headed by role-playing game and video game designer Warren Spector, and acquired by Disney in 2007. When asked for the reason for the closure, the company stated that it was part of its "effort to address the fast-evolving gaming platforms and marketplace" and they wanted "to align [their] resources with [their] key priorities."

Spector commented on the closure on Facebook, saying, "I said to myself as Junction Point embarked on the 'Epic Mickey' journey that, worst case, we'd be 'a footnote in Disney history.' Looking back on it, I think we did far better than that. With Mickey Mouse as our hero, we introduced a mainstream audience to some cool 'core game' concepts - and, most especially, we restored Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to a place of prominence."

The Epic Mickey series was designed for the Wii and showed a different side of Disney, reintroducing the Oswald the Lucky Rabbit character, and showing the more mischievous aspect of Mickey Mouse’s character. Epic Mickey was released in 2010; Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two was released in 2012.