Epic Mickey details from Junction Point


Disney Interactive has released official information about the upcoming Warren Spector and Junction Point studio game, Epic Mickey. The title is coming to the Wii and provides a new twist on Disney games.

“Mickey is an adventurous and rambunctious mouse,” said Warren Spector, creative director and vice president, Junction Point. “I want to bring his personality to the forefront, place him in a daunting world and connect his spirited character with video game players worldwide. Ultimately, each player decides for him- or herself what makes Mickey cool.”

Below we have some screenshots put to a video thanks to GameTrailers. The game reaches back to 1927 to pull Oswald the Luck Rabbit to become the first inhabitant of Yen Sid’s Cartoon Wasteland. Yen Sid is from “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and is a nickname that Disney animators gave him. Oswald always greets the new retired characters but starts to become resentful of Mickey. Of course Mickey takes a wrong turn, and ends up in Yen Sid’s area.

“Having Warren combine creativity and innovation with one of the world’s most famous characters takes Mickey back to his creative roots and allows fans to deepen their engagement with him as a character – especially in video games,” said Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Interactive Studios. “In addition to Warren’s lifelong love of cartoons, films and comics, his visionary approach to game design and storytelling will make certain that this heroic tale of discovery and redemption resonates with Disney fans and gamers alike.”‪

Players will have the use of magical paint and thinner to get through the world.

“The core of this game is the idea of choice and consequence, and how that defines both the character and the player,” says Spector. “By putting the mischievous Mickey in an unfamiliar place and asking him to make choices – to help other cartoon characters or choose his own path – the game forces players to deal with the consequences of their actions. Ultimately, players must ask themselves, ‘What kind of hero am I?’ Each player will come up with a different answer.”

The story behind Oswald is actually very interesting and makes him a perfect villain character. Oswald was supposed to be Walt Disney’s first animated star. He appeared in 26 silent films but then lost Oswald in a production battle. Oswald went off with the studio and some animate staff and Walt went off to create Mickey with Ub Iwerks.

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What do you think of Epic Mickey? Is it as dark as you hoped? It's definitely not as steampunk as the concept art showcased. I'm wondering why they backed away from that idea. Although concept art does tend to be more detailed or even different than the final product. But much of the reception I've seen online has been disappointment. What do you think?