The cat is out of the bag and the rumours are thoroughly confirmed. Warren Spector is indeed developing Epic Mickey 2, subtitled "The Power Of Two" in order to show off the shiny new drop in/drop out cooperative functionality. We've got more details on this latest multiplatform Disney collaboration below along with a few screenshots.
Spector confirmed Epic Mickey 2's existence to The Associated Press, who reports that the veteran designer has hired actors to provide full voice acting for all characters as well as two musical producers for original tunes. Apparently the reliance silent characters was a "mistake" in Spector's book, and he plans to make the cast much more relateable.
I'm such a geek about musicals. I love the co-op and next-gen stuff, but for me, when a character breaks into song, which they do on a regular basis in this game, it's magic.
Oswald the rabbit will return, but this time, as a fully-playable second character.
It's drop-in, drop-out co-op. You can sit down at any time with a friend who is playing as Mickey, and you can take control of Oswald. If you're playing as a single player, Oswald will be there every second of the game. He's not just a multiplayer character. He's a helper, whether you're playing alone or with a friend or family member.
The original Epic Mickey received generally positive reviews but weak sales when it released in 2010, and here's hoping that the sequel will kick things up a notch. G4TV will apparently have some first look footage for us tomorrow. Note that Epic Mickey 2 will be multiplatform, and is in development for PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii.