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Disney restructures into digital-only publisher

Tuesday, 25th January 2011 09:32 GMT By Johnny Cullen

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Variety’s reporting that Disney has restructured into a digital-only publisher, and will now eschew retail and packaging.

“As part of setting a strategic direction for future success in the digital media space, the Disney Interactive Media Group today began a restructuring process,” read a statement to the site.

It follows claims that 700 jobs had been lost at the company, with Epic Mickey developer Junction Point also seeing lay-offs.

Disney saw some large core releases in 2010, with Black Rock’s Split/Second, Epic Mickey and Propaganda Games’ Tron Evolution all shipping.

Propaganda has since closed.

The studio’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Armada of the Damned, canned late last year.

Despite Epic Mickey selling 1.5 million in the US, Split/Second and Evolution bombed in terms of sales.

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19 Comments

  1. Blerk

    Ouch! Where the hell does this leave all their teams?

    #1 4 years ago
  2. StolenGlory

    Just give me Mickey Mouse: Castle of Illusion in HD (XBLA/PSN) and we’re golden Disney :)

    #2 4 years ago
  3. Xzeth

    @Blerk Most likely out on the sidewalk, with so many others

    #3 4 years ago
  4. StolenGlory

    On a side note though, they had better not fucking touch Black Rock.

    Words will be had otherwise.

    #4 4 years ago
  5. mojo

    well that sadly means no possible pure 2 for me then :(
    castle of illusion would be ace.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. StolenGlory

    I still have Pure sat on my shelf sealed. Worth a play you reckon mojo?

    #6 4 years ago
  7. SplatteredHouse

    I would love to see some of the Disney games of the 8 and 16-bit era revitalised on HD download – Castle of Illusion without a doubt at the very top of that list!

    #7 4 years ago
  8. Captain Fruitloop

    With this, and Acti closing Bizarre Creations while telling the world the arse has fallen out of the racing game genre…..you can bet there’s a few squeaky bums right now at Black Rock.

    Not good…

    #8 4 years ago
  9. mojo

    6: oh absolutely!!
    Give it a go, if u like the first races, u will enjoy the whole game.
    I bought it cheap back then and didnt have high hopes, but it was surprisingly good.

    #9 4 years ago
  10. StolenGlory

    @9

    Cheers for the feedback! I’ll give it a go later :)

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Michael O’Connor

    Pure is a pretty stellar game. I would definitely recommend playing it.

    This is sad news. =( Disney Interactive Studios made some pretty amazing games.

    I always looked at them as something of an underappreciated prodigy amongst its more established but not as talented peers. When they shone, they really shone.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. Detale

    Hope the Black Rock gang are okay, loved Split/Second and was looking forward to seeing what they’d come up with next.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. StolenGlory

    @11

    Ah, another vote for Pure :) Will certainly be playing this ASAP then. How’d you feel about Split/Second Michael?

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Suikoden Fan

    THATS MASSIVELY DISSAPOINTING

    #14 4 years ago
  15. orakaa

    This is sad news : I REALLY enjoyed Split Second A LOT and was hoping for a “season 2″ -___-

    #15 4 years ago
  16. naffgeek

    Pure and Split/Second are great racers, racers that are actually fun, unfortunately they didn’t seem to sell too well.

    Good luck Black Rock.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. DejaVu

    “half of Disney Interactive Studios’ 700 staffers may have been cut.” – so 350 jobs had been lost – NOT 700! (350 is more than enough…)

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Hunam

    Warren Spector should go to Eidos Montreal to be honest. I would sex wee if he did.

    #18 4 years ago
  19. J.L

    Would’ve thought Disney would be well placed to go the other direction with special editions or bundles, eg. Split/Second toys and Pirates boardgames.

    #19 4 years ago

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