Epic Mickey Developer Junction Point Studios Has Shut Down

By Javier Jimenez 29.01.2013 6

Epic Mickey Developer Junction Point Studios Has Shut Down on Nintendo gaming news, videos and discussion

Update:

It has been confirmed that the studio behind Epic Mickey has indeed closed down in line with earlier reports this week.

Staff had been on leave since completing work on Epic Mickey 2, and now the studio is now more. Disney still hold the rights to the franchise if it is to be developed further in the future.

Original Story:

Sad news today as we've learned that the developers of Epic Mickey, helmed by industry legend Warren Spector, might be shuttered. A tweet from Roberts Space Industries, Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts' company which is working on Star Citizen, stated "Second 21 gun salute for a studio in 7 days. Fare-the-well Junction Point! We hope that you all find new studios soon!— RSI (@RobertsSpaceInd)" on Monday the 28th of January.

No further news has broken since then. Neither Junction Point nor parent company Disney have made any statements regarding a possible studio closure, nor has Warren Spector given any comments. While Epic Mickey might not have been all we hoped for following the first amazing concept arts, we are sad to see the lights go out on this one.

Here's to Junction Point, Warren Spector, and our old pal Mickey.

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That's too bad for them. I liked both Epic Mickey console games (got them both on Wii after the awful work done on the Wii U port), and the 3DS one is fun (but short) as well. Best of luck to all involved.

It's a shame for all the employees... but maybe it's for the better. So much wasted effort on developing mediocre/broken games!

Psyfer84 (guest) 29.01.2013#3

Unfortunately it's been confirmed by Disney as of now:

http://uk.ign.com/articles/2013/01/29/epic-mickey-studio-junction-point-reportedly-closed?abthid=5108028492863dd338000005
Update: Disney has now confirmed the news, issuing the following statement:"It was with much sadness that we informed our teams today of changes to our Games organization, which include the closure of Junction Point Studios. These changes are part of our ongoing effort to address the fast-evolving gaming platforms and marketplace and to align resources against our key priorities. We're extremely grateful to Warren Spector and the Junction Point team for their creative contributions to Disney with Disney Epic Mickey and Disney Epic Mickey 2."

They did great with putting a lot of Disney love into the games. To bad they forgot to actually make games.

There are no hardcore nor casual gamers, we are all simply just GAMERS

well thats what happens when you play it too safe and make a generic game. Their concept art will always be a reminder of what could of been.

Really pretty tragic, Spector clearly had a lot of ideas he couldn't properly articulate and a lot more to come. Epic Mickey was a really great concept and it's really sad that it'll probably never reach its potential now. There goes the modern attempt at Disney's revival as creators of quality platformers..

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