Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two has been announced for Wii, but the follow-up to the 2010 adventure sounds very different as producer Warren Spector has confirmed that it will be a musical.
Explaining his decision to include singing and voice acting, Spector told the San Francisco Chronicle: "I'm such a geek about musicals. I love the co-op and next-gen stuff, but for me, when a character breaks into song, which they do on a regular basis in this game, it's magic."
Yet, it's not all change. We're back in the Wasteland, the home of forgotten Disney characters and some locations from the original will return, although they have been damaged by earthquakes.
Paint and thinner, which was central to Epic Mickey, will return as Mickey will be armed with his magical scenery-altering brush and your actions in the game will again have a bearing on the outcome.
However, this time there is drop-in, drop-out co-op gameplay as Oswald the Rabbit - armed with a special remote control that commands electricity - joins forces with Mickey. We can see that working well with the Wii Remote.
Also, Spector has promised that his team is working hard on improving the camera for the sequel.
"We've had a team working on the camera from literally the day we finished the first game," said Spector. "They'll be working on it until the day we ship the second game. (There have been) over 1,000 specific changes made to the camera. Our goal is that you will not have to touch the manual camera controls even once to play through the main story path of this game."
According to Official Nintendo Magazine France, Epic Mickey 2 is also coming to 3DS.
Epic Mickey 2 will be released for Wii this Autumn. Are you looking forward it? Do you like the idea of it being a musical?
Wii U or no buy, Mr. Spector! My new TV sucks and SD signal looks like a blurry jagged mess.
Honestly if this doesn't come to Wii U I will get it for Xbox 360. I got the Wii version of Rayman Origins and I regret it. The demo was so crisp and clear on 360 but I chose Wii cuz I have 4 Wiimotes so the family could play together. Yeah, that was too chaotic. Not worth the drop to SD.
Is Wii still lead platform? Sure looks it. Gfx look little better than the original. So how's it a musical? Does it affect gameplay?
The Games Radar trailer seemed to indicate that the musical portions will take place during cut-scenes. Instead of having someone talk to you, they'll go into a song and dance number. Which could be pretty entertaining if done right.
On a side note, Epic Mickey 2, Last Story, and Dragon Quest X (crosses fingers) in the last half of 2012 could make the Wii a bit less barren than we thought it would be.
The win-win scenario is JUST MAKE THE GAME FOR WII U IT WOULD BE STUPID NOT TO. :P
The developers would already have all the Wii controls set for the Wii version and they would have everything done in HD for the 360/PS3. Why not do it? It's not like new systems don't need software for the early adopters.