Warren Spector’s dreams of turning Mickey Mouse into a video game superstar never quite turned out the way he planned. What seemed like a pairing made in heaven, the Deus Ex creator’s vision often came up short, leading to lukewarm reception of his two Epic Mickey games and lackluster sales. It seems like Disney has had enough and is shutting down his development team, Junction Point, for good.
Following yesterday’s rumors started by fellow Austin, TX based developer of Star Citizen, Robert Space Industries, Disney has confirmed the closure of the studio.
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.
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two only sold 270,000 copies out of the gate, and peaked out at a low score of 64 on Metacritic for the Wii build of the game. All the HD consoles pulled in a weaker score of 59.
The announcement of Epic Mickey had a lot of gamers hoping for both the return of Mickey Mouse and Warren Spector to the video game front lines, but it seems like the two must now part ways and find their own respective paths back onto the scene.