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Disney confirms closure of Junction Point Studios

Tuesday, 29th January 2013 16:53 GMT By Staff

Disney has confirmed its closure of Epic Mickey developer Junction Point studios.

The confirmation comes after Star Citizen developer Roberts Space Industries broke the news last night on Twitter.

“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,” reads a statement handed to Gamasutra. “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.”

Junction Point was founded in 2005 by Spector and his colleague Art Min, along with members of Ion Storm. The studio was acquired by Disney Interactive two years later, and its first title released was Epic Mickey on Wii in 2010.

Polygon reports Junction Point staff have been on leave for the two months since Epic Mickey 2 shipped, but were given no warning of the closure today. They will receive severance packages.

Has Mickey lost it?
Disney and the NPD confirmed with Joystiq that Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two managed just 529,000 units sold in the US in November and December 2012. Dreamrift-developed companion 3DS title Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion shifted about 166,000 units in the same time period.

It’s unclear at this time whether Disney will retire the Epic Mickey line of games; it retains the rights, naturally, but is said to have “no plans”. In 2011, the publisher announced its intention to pull back from the traditional console sphere in favour of mobile and social games, but has went on to reveal Disney Infinity, a Skylanders-like sandbox game drawing on multiple licenses.

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  1. ps3fanboy

    after two half arsed failed attempt to make a proper game, you will not be missed… goodbye!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. The_Red

    This is beyond disappointing. Seriously, what happened? I can remember a few years ago when Epic Mickey wasn’t announced and we had various strange concept arts from that studio. Everyone was hyped. Then Epic Mickey was revealed and we prepared ourselves for the best Mickey games since the days of Genesis and SNES. And then… Epic Mickey came out and was just disappointing. Specter, man. What happened?

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ManuOtaku

    Well i think iam a minority that did like epick mickey, i cannot talk about the second game, because i have yet to play it, but the first one is good, the only bad thing was the camera, but i did get use to it during the course of the gaming time with it, i did like the style of the game and the gameplay one of my wii favorites.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Ali

    This is actually …. hummm GOOD NEWS. Warren Spector should have never wasted his time with Disney and certainly not with Mickey. I think that this was the only way to see him moving on to other more creative projects and possibly new over the top IPs Best of luck to the studio’s devs.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Old MacDonald

    4: He’ll probably do social games next. That’s what all the “old heroes” end up doing, it seems.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. Erthazus

    @5, or just go away frm the industry like Bioware guys and etc.

    Sad.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Brenna Hillier

    Updated.

    #7 2 years ago