"Never have I been part of a game that touched people at as deep or personal a level as the Epic Mickey games."
Following on from yesterday's announcement that Disney were shutting down Epic Mickey devs Junction Point, studio lead Warren Spector has extended a heartfelt departing tribute to the studio and its staff, expressing a great sense of pride in the work that JPS achieved.
"The Junction Point journey is over," Spector wrote in a public message on Facebook. "To all those who've asked, or want to ask, I'm sad but excited for the future.
JPS had a good eight year run. I got to work with some amazing people on some amazing projects. I've had some of the most magical times of my life, fulfilling several life-long dreams. I've gotten to know Disney fans and Disney cast members, gotten hands on with Disney's history, walked where Walt walked... "Magical" really is the only word."
Spector noted that Epic Mickey had sometimes proved "divisive", but he also said that he'd never been part of an experience that touched as many people as the Epic Mickey franchise did.
"Whatever you think of me, or Junction Point, or Disney or the Disney Epic Mickey games - yes, I know we polarized people! - I'll always look back on the last eight years with nothing but pride. Rarely have I worked with a team more dedicated or harder working. Never have I been part of a game - of anything, really - that touched people at as deep or personal a level as the Epic Mickey games. That's priceless.
"I said to myself as Junction Point embarked on the Epic Mickey journey that, worst case, we'd be "a footnote in Disney history." Looking back on it, I think we did far better than that. With Mickey Mouse as our hero, we introduced a mainstream audience to some cool "core game" concepts... and, most especially, we restored Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to a place of prominence."
He finished by thanking folks at Disney and Junction Point, not to mention the "Disney fans, bloggers and historians who embraced me, the team and our work". We wish Spector and all who lost their jobs yesterday the very best for the future. As one of the leading lights of this industry, it'll be very interesting to see where Spector goes next.
You can read his statement in full here.