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Disney closes Junction Point Studios, creator of Epic Mickey

Yesterday Disney Interactive announced that it has closed Junction Point studios, the developer of both Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. The studio was founded in 2005 by Warren Spector, a well-known veteran of the industry who headed up such titles as Deus Ex and Thief in the past. Disney bought the studio in 2007 to begin work on a platformer that was to become Epic Mickey.

The first Epic Mickey released in 2010 exclusively on the Wii console and sold 1.3 million units within the first month. Power of 2, which saw a much wider console release in addition to being a launch title for Wii U, fared much worse. Only 250k units were sold within the first month which many saw as putting the company in its death throes.

“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.”

The closure of Junction Point studios is likely a part of Disney’s plan to restructure its entertainment divisions to be more profitable. It’s always sad to see a studio go, but this means great talent like that which Spector exudes is now available for other projects that aren’t so tightly controlled.

[via Ars Technica]

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  • Mickey Mouse

    I was one of the few who played Epic Mickey 2. Having played it I can see how it sold so few, it was no improvement on the original and it lacked longevity and the camera problems were not fixed from the first game. It’s always sad to see a studio go, but hopefully Spector will come up with something new (and better) in the restructured Disney games division.

    • The_fuzz_buzz

      I played the first one, it was very good!!! Though, I did not play this one, what was different? Or was it just remade into a two player game?

      • RyuNoHadouken

        both are garbage

        • JumpMan

          have you ever played them, or did you just dismiss them when you saw they featured Mickey Mouse? if the latter, shame on you. Mickey Mouse is one of the most successful characters of all time, and is definitely not just for little kids. i have always, and always will love Mickey Mouse. you suck. the end.

          • RyuNoHadouken

            i bought my son the first one for Wii…we beat it, but it was a painful journey…the game was boring…dont lie…the second one got about 30 minutes of my time before i pulled the plug on it…THEYRE BOTH WACK!!!!…..YOU SUCK

          • http://profile.yahoo.com/MWSRVJRT5NLYBUBHXDKQKJ4V24 Jay

            I’ve heard nothing but praise for the first one.

          • Sol Ridgeway

            These kind of games are my favorite to play, but I could not get through Epic Micky, it was just so boring. I have EM2, but can not bring myself to play the game.

  • FabulousKing

    IMO Epic Mickey was boring, Magical Quest deserves a new game for Wii U, at least for 3DS.

    • Fred

      I’d settle for magical quest in the 3DS virtual console.

  • Nintendofreak

    what did u expect of a game dat featured mickey?

  • http://www.gamesobscura.com/ themizarkshow

    I had a lot of fun with Epic Mickey, but the demos for the new games killed my interest in them (and then reviews buried it for me). I like Warren Spector and his enthusiasm for this medium, but there seems to be a disconnect between his good ideas and a good execution of them.

  • fireheartis1

    Reading the comments here I see no one know what a good game is now days.  The paint and thinner machanics are awesome in both games.  Yes the camera issues should have been fixed but the game was fun inspite of the camera issues.  Heck part one got a 5 out of 5 for it’s creativity from Adam Sessler when he was still with Xplay.  I think the games were awesome and Epic Mickey 2 deserved more sales for sure.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/YKQGYOBX73PR3DD3DCURO44HWA Sir Feeny

       LOL WHAT? The gameplay was stale, boring and lacked any sort of substance. Just because a certain game mechanic has potential, doesn’t mean it’s good.

    • andrewjcole

      At least someone else here likes this game! It’s my fav.

  • andrewjcole

    Sniff… My favorite video-game.