Disney officially closes Epic Mickey developer

After last night's speculation, Disney has confirmed today that it has closed Austin-based developer Junction Point Studios, the brainchild of Warren Spector and creator of the iconic Epic Mickey series.

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Update: Adds report of Spector leaving Disney.

After last night's speculation, Disney has confirmed today that it has closed Austin-based developer Junction Point Studios, the brainchild of Warren Spector and creator of the Epic Mickey series.

"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," Disney's told various news sites in a statement. "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."

Disney offered no other details. We have reached out to Spector for comment, but Polygon has learned that the ex-studio head has left Disney and is looking for a new opportunity. His LinkedIn profile lists him as unemployed and has him asking "Wondering what comes next?... Want to talk?"

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    January 29, 2013 9:40 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Disney officially closes Epic Mickey developer.

    After last night's speculation, Disney has confirmed today that it has closed Austin-based developer Junction Point Studios, the brainchild of Warren Spector and creator of the iconic Epic Mickey series.

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      January 29, 2013 9:58 AM

      Disney Interactive's "priorities" right now are mobile and social games utilizing Disney IP, and a Skylanders clone using Disney character figurines with NFC chips (this is what Avalanche is working on). It's sad, considering what studios like Black Rock and Propaganda had to go through in the past 3 years.

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      January 29, 2013 9:58 AM

      Epic Mickey is not iconic, Keef!

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      January 29, 2013 10:13 AM

      I've heard mostly mixed things about Epic Mickey 2, and most of them side on the "it's not a great game" side of the fence.

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      January 29, 2013 11:07 AM

      Let me tell you something. This whole series was a big let down.
      When I first saw the concept art for Epic Mickey 1 I jizzed all over myself.
      When I saw the finished product, I threw up all over the game case and TV.
      It was that much of a disparity.
      Who were those concept art paintings for? Someone's living room?
      I'm glad they shut down that team and Warren Spector for as much as I loved his previous work is simply just out of touch.
      Good Luck buddy.

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        January 29, 2013 12:23 PM

        That concept art leak was just some artist's CV getting published, with a few art pieces from a strange unannounced game. That happens sometimes (and publishers don't like it), but it doesn't mean that art will make it to the final game. If I recall correctly, you're referring to the robot Goofy art that was found in mid-2009.

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      January 29, 2013 12:34 PM

      EM2 is a decent game. I am not sure where all the hate is coming from or why it flopped.

      My guess is that the hate for the first game carried over to the second.

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      January 29, 2013 1:43 PM

      Disney seems to kinda grasp the nature of good games. I liked Split/Second for example. But they seem like a company that's too much focused on other shit to ever really build their gaming culture up.

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        January 29, 2013 3:36 PM

        Well, they did grasp the nature of good games... and then they wanted to stop making "expensive games".

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      January 29, 2013 3:12 PM

      This IP had so much potential, too bad the games weren't very good. Such a big letdown :(

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      January 29, 2013 4:30 PM

      I would shit my pants if Warren joins Square / Enix Montreal (they did DE:HR, right?) or Bethesda.

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