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Disney shuts down Junction Point.
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January 29, 2013, 20:09:05
 
The Epic Mickey games weren't the best, but this news is somewhat surprising. Warren Spector confirmed it on his LinkedIn profile.

EDIT: Fixed the title. Disney still owns the rights to Epic Mickey, but I doubt they do anything with it in the near future.

Source: Kotaku

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Posted: 01/29/13, 20:09:05  - Edited by 
 on: 01/30/13, 03:49:33    
 
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Going after that PS3/360 pie was not a great idea I guess... the quality of the game suffered as a result.

Same thing happened to Blue Tongue, developer of de Blob, except the sequel was actually a great game.


Posted by 
 on: 01/29/13, 20:15:17
None of the games released in the "series" were really all that great, so...no love lost here.

The only thing lost here was potential. Such a shame about that.


Posted by 
 on: 01/29/13, 20:22:43
@GameDadGrant
I agree with this. They were brilliant ideas but never quite pulled them off correctly.


Posted by 
 on: 01/29/13, 20:45:46
Ugh. Modern game development....


Posted by 
 on: 01/29/13, 20:48:48
Make way for them 50 more Kingdom Heart 93439.245/42nd dream date dream drop distance 34/1/4 games!!!


Posted by 
 on: 01/29/13, 21:24:40
Even though I didn't really like Epic Mickey it was far from being a horrible game. I really hope the employees there find a great opportunity elsewhere.


Posted by 
 on: 01/29/13, 21:56:04
The story of Icarus comes to mind. Not the kid, mind you.


Posted by 
 on: 01/29/13, 22:11:47
From the bits I've played of all 3 games in the series, this is no big loss. Now Spector can work on something more his speed. Mascot platformers aren't exactly in his wheel house.


Posted by 
 on: 01/29/13, 23:39:20
I don't find it surprising, Epic Mickey 2 had a huge staff and sold way less than the first game, even though it was released on four platforms. I'm actually pleased with this, people learned their lesson from the first Epic Mickey and didn't buy another mediocre game.


Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 00:24:41
I was very surprised that the Epic Mickey games were not better received than they were. Warren Spector's record up to those games was flawless.

I wonder if he's going to go back to making darker sci-fi games again.


Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 02:50:35
Both Epic Mickeys are horrible, stuff like this is always super sad news but fuck those games and the praise the first one gets.


Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 02:57:50
I only played the first Epic Mickey, but that was enough to know that the series wasn't for me. I really wanted to buy/play the 3DS installment, as I adore 2D platformers, but the ho-hum reviews didn't help push me to scoop it up.

As for the news of Junction Point's closure, the only way this saddens me is if it means Warren Spector can no longer pursue his dream of making a new Ducktales game.


Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 02:58:22
I'm not the least bit heartbroken. I'm sure these folks will have no problem finding new homes... and Spector? Thank God he is free of this Disney shit. This is the man that gave us Dues Ex!


Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 03:21:43
@Hinph
Spector considered doing the Disney games being free of making dark sci-fi games with characters in trench coats. He's a Disney fanatic.


Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 03:24:51  - Edited by 
 on: 01/30/13, 03:25:31
Any of you beat epic mickey 2? Is it that bad?


Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 03:26:56
I was interested in the first game, but was put off by the mediocre reviews. Then I saw the videos of the second games which showed just how poor the port was to the Wii. Slowdown and pop in galore.

With all the fanfare and talent, I'm shocked at just how bad the games turned out, especially the 2nd. These should have been AAA quality.


Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 03:39:49
@achhibbar Yea but wasn't the wii version fine?


Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 03:45:08
@Renjaku
Oops, meant the Wii U version.


Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 03:56:19
@WrathOfSamus777


I'm sure that he is, but I'd like to see him have the freedom to work on what he wants... and hey, Dues Ex was his baby.


Also, didn't mean for my comment to come across as anti-Disney. I just really don't want to see such an important gaming figure being stuck working on god damn Epic Mickey 3. I do, however, have to admit that I would have been curious about Duck Tales. heh.


Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 04:07:20
I'm with the crowd. Hope they all find jobs, but Junction Point is no big loss. I hope Spector can mount a big comeback a la Harvey Smith.


Posted by 
 on: 01/30/13, 04:15:33
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