Epic Mickey wasn’t quite epic enough.
Warren Spector has confirmed that Disney’s studio Junction Point has been closed, with no official confirmation of the number of jobs lost.
Junction Point was based in Austin, Texas and had produced two games, both Epic Mickey titles, since they were founded by Warren Spector and other veterans from Ion Storm in 2005.
Warren Spector is widely regarded as one of games industry’s key visionaries and he took to Facebook to air his thoughts on the closure.
“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,” said the key mind behind hugely significant franchises such as Deus Ex and Thief.
“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.”
“But now it’s time to… (Man, I almost said, “now it’s time to say goodbye to all our fa-mi-ly…” Which would have led me right to “M-I-C-K-E-Y-M-O-U-S-E!”). Let’s just say, now it’s time to move on to the next adventure. I honestly don’t know what that will be yet, so don’t ask.”
The rest of the statement can is linked here.
As much as we didn’t really care for the Epic Mickey series, it’s always said to see a well respected studio get cast into oblivion by their corporate overseers. We’d like to wish Warren and the rest of the Juntion Point crew the best of luck for the future.
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