The Studio Behind Epic Mickey Has Shut Down

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Following rumors yesterday, Junction Point, the development studio behind Epic Mickey and its sequel, has shut down.

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Parent company Disney confirmed the news in a statement today:

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. 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.

Founded in 2005, Junction Point was started by Warren Spector, a video game designer best known for his work on Deus Ex and System Shock. The studio's two games were Epic Mickey, a Wii platformer released in 2010, and its sequel, Epic Mickey 2, released last fall for multiple platforms.

We've asked Disney to clarify what they mean by "changes" to the way they release games. Just two weeks ago, the Mickey Mouse creators announced Disney Infinity, their toy-based take on Activision's Skylanders.

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thegooseking
thegooseking

At the top of the list of Disney's "key priorities" is their public image. With the turbulent reputation video games have these days, it's quite predictable that they'd want to wash their hands.

Not that I want to defend Disney, here (call them spineless if you want), but the real people responsible for this are clueless and/or dishonest journalists who give credibility to the idea that video games can be dangerous.