Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will have within it a core mechanic of painting the world and thinning it. As Disney animation is a land of ink, Mickey has the power to either add to it or subtract from it in order to explore and aid his world. The trailer above highlights that action.
The man narrating the bulk of the video is Warren Spector, head of Junction Point studios. Spector indicates that the core mechanic of paint and thinner within Epic Mickey 2 is not necessarily a thing about good or evil. He says that these are simply tools to help the hero however they see fit.
While that’s all fine and dandy on paper, the tone of the game itself indicates that paint is good and thinner is evil. This thematic problem is one I see cropping up often in the experience. Paint brings characters to life, thinner kills them. As the booming narrator at the end of the trailer suggests, players will either “paint the world, or thin it to nothingness.” That last point sounds both evil and bleak.
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will launch on November 23rd. The closing moments of the trailer indicate it will sell for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Wii and Wii U platforms.