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Warren Spector farewells Junction Point

Wednesday, 30th January 2013 02:47 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Junction Point founder Warren Spector has written a heartfelt obituary for the developer, which was confirmed to have been shut down today.

“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.”

“The Junction Point journey is over. To all those who’ve asked, or want to ask, I’m sad but excited for the future,” Spector said in a public Facebook post. “I honestly don’t know what that will be yet, so don’t ask.”

Spector looked back on Junction Point’s eight year lifetime, highlighting the “amazing people” he worked with and their “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,” he said. “‘Magical’ really is the only word.”

Spector admitted Junction Point’s games “polarized” critics, but said he has nothing but pride in his dedicated, hard-working team, and the way Epic Mickey games touched players on a deep, personal level.

“I said to myself as Junction Point embarked on the Epic Mickey journey that, worst case, we’d be ‘a footnote in Disney history.’ Looking back on it, I think we did far better than that,” he added.

“With Mickey Mouse as our hero, we introduced a mainstream audience to some cool ‘core game’ concepts, and, most especially, we restored Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to a place of prominence. WE did that. Junction Point.”

The developer said he’ll always be grateful for Disney for the opportunity, as well as all the Disney and Pixar staff who helped out over the years, but “most especially” the Junction Point team.

Junction Point was founded in 2005 by former Ion Storm members and acquired by Disney Interactive in 2007.

Prior to founding the developer, Spector held roles at the defunct Origin Systems, Looking Glass Studios and Ion Storm. His credits include Wing Commander, Ultima, System Shock, Thief and most famously Deus Ex.

Thanks, Dan.

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4 Comments

  1. Telepathic.Geometry

    You have confirmed in there twice Brenna. You can delete one of them and this comment too if you like.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. Moonwalker1982

    It’s a bit sad for sure. I remember when they showed the artwork for the first Epic Mickey and it looked really promising, but i’m sorry…i found the first game a big disappointment and the demo of the second one was just alright.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Brenna Hillier

    @1 cheers for the spot. I won’t delete comments, a typo isn’t the end of the world.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Telepathic.Geometry

    Yeah, I get that, but I don’t like messing up the top of the comments with an anally retentive typo check. :) Anyway, cheers for the comment.

    I’m really sad to see the mighty Warren Spector come to this. :(

    #4 2 years ago

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