Disney closes Epic Mickey developer

News Aaron Birch 30 Jan 2013 - 14:12

Junction Point, the studio behind Epic Mickey, has been closed down by the House of Mouse…

Co-founded by industry legend, Warren Spector, Junction Point has been shuttered by Disney in an attempt to reorganise its gaming arm. The developer of Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey: The Power of 2 was canned due to Disney looking to focus on key priorities.

A statement released by Disney read, "It was with much sadness that we informed our teams today of changes to our Games organisation, 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."

Commenting on the closure, Spector remained optimistic in a post on Facebook,
“Yes, it's true. The Junction Point journey is over. To all those who've asked, or want to ask, I'm sad but excited for the future.

“JPS had a good eight year run. I got to work with some amazing people on some amazing projects. I've had some of the most magical times of my life, fulfilling several life-long dreams. I've gotten to know Disney fans and Disney cast members, gotten hands on with Disney's history, walked where Walt walked... "Magical" really is the only word.”

Epic Mickey was a decent enough title, and sold pretty well, prompting a second game, but sadly this failed, both critically and commercially, surely adding to Disney’s decision to close down the studio.

As always, it’s a shame to see any studio close its doors (or have them closed for it), and we hope that those affected land on their feet. With such a strong track record, not least of which is the mighty, Deus Ex, we’ll certainly be hearing from Mr Spector very soon.

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