Rumor: The Studio Behind Epic Mickey Is In Trouble [UPDATE]

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Rumors are flying that Junction Point, the game studio behind Epic Mickey and its sequel, the recently-released Epic Mickey 2, is facing some issues.


Although Wing Commander creator Chris Roberts says the studio will be shut down, we have not been able to confirm that. However, multiple sources have confirmed to Kotaku that Junction Point's employees have been on paid leave for over a month now and according to two sources familiar with the company, employees are expecting layoff news tomorrow morning.

Update: Roberts has deleted the tweet, clarifying that he and his studio have "no inside info" on the status of Junction Point.

We've reached out to Disney for comment.

One tweet from Duke Nukem designer George Broussard echoes the news:

And here's Roberts:


This is the second Austin-based studio to face trouble in the past few days. Last week, after THQ's assets were auctioned off as part of the publisher's bankruptcy process, Austin-based studio Vigil Games could not find a bidder and was therefore dissolved. Earlier today, Crysis creator Crytek hired part of that team for a new Austin-based studio.

Junction Point's last game, Epic Mickey 2, came out last November for PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360, and Wii U.



Neither Epic Mickey game pulled off what we originally read about - granted EM1's faults were primarily due to the mediocrity of the Wii's hardware and its limitations, but they could've done so much more with EM2 and didn't... It's disappointing that Warren Spector has to go through this again.