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Spector Bids Farewell To Junction Point

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Disney Interactive, Epic Mickey, Junction Point Studios, Warren Spector

Spector Bids Farewell To Junction Point

"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.

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Disney Interactive Shut Down Junction Point

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Disney Interactive, Epic Mickey, Junction Point

Disney Interactive Shut Down Junction Point

Gamasutra have just confirmed that Epic Mickey developers Junction Point closed their doors today.

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RUMOUR: Is Junction Point On The Brink Of Closing Its Doors?

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Disney, Epic Mickey, Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two, Junction Point

RUMOUR: Is Junction Point On The Brink Of Closing Its Doors?

Bit of an odd one, this. A few people have nodded towards the possibility of Junction Point, the studio behind the Epic Mickey series, nearing closure, although wires have been crossed and sources tangled, creating the rumour mill equivalent of the chicken and the egg.

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From Deus Ex To Disney: Warren Spector Reflects On Evolution, E3, and Epic Mickey

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Deus Ex, Disney Interactive, Epic Mickey, Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two, Gamescom 2012, Interviews, Ion Storm, Junction Point Studios, Looking Glass Studios, Musicals, Warren Spector

From Deus Ex To Disney: Warren Spector Reflects On Evolution, E3, and Epic Mickey

My first impression upon meeting Warren Spector for the first time is that he'd make a fantastic uncle: the sort of uncle who'd make you presents rather than buy them, and they'd always be thrilling and unique and fun. When we sit down in the cramped confines of a Gamescom business centre booth late on the Friday afternoon of the show there are no signs of the back-to-back interviews he's been doing for the last two and a half days. He's jovial, animated, and keen to discuss Epic Mickey 2.

"You have to remember that Disney approached me to do this game, and they pitched an idea with three killer pillars that still form the core of Epic Mickey today, one of which was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit comes back," he explains. "And I just thought 'Holy cow!', I mean think about this as a foundation for a story, whatever your medium, whether you're making a movie or writing an opera or a novel or making a video game: Older brother, rejected by his father in favour of the younger brother who steals the life that should have been his. Can you say Biblical? Can you say The Human Story? What better basis for a story can you get?!"

His eyes light up as he says, clearly still excited about the prospect for seeing how players deal with the underlying themes and moral quandaries of his game because, as he puts it himself, it's really all about the gamers themselves.

From Deus Ex To Disney: Warren Spector Reflects On Evolution, E3, and Epic Mickey

"Estranged brothers, separated at birth, have to reunite and form a family again. If I were making a movie, I would say 'Here's how I forge a family, what do you think?'. In a game, what I say is 'How important are friends and family to you?'. Every choice, every decision you make is going to help you answer that question for yourself. Take what you learn back into the real world, my friend! That's what I kind of like about games. The new game is about the possibility of redemption, but it's not 'Everyone is redeemable, don't you agree?', it's 'Do you think everybody is redeemable, or is there evil so profound that it's beyond redemption?'. Is the Mad Doctor legit? Is he really a hero? You have to figure that out, go. You can wrench emotions out of that, and by forcing the player to make those decisions, you can wrench emotions out of them too. No other medium can do that."

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Warren Spector: "I Don't Think I Ever Stopped Making Games Like Deus Ex"

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Cartoons, Deus Ex, Development, Epic Mickey, Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two, Serious games, Warren Spector

Warren Spector: "I Don't Think I Ever Stopped Making Games Like Deus Ex"

Warren Spector has once gain reiterated that although it might look like he's changed development focus in the last decade or so since his masterpiece Deus Ex, that he's really following the same processes and design philosophies that he's always done.

Asked what changed for him in between Deux Ex and Epic Mickey in a behind-closed-doors Q&A session with Dealspwn at Gamescom this year, Spector's response was relatively simple: on the one hand he doesn't see it as a huge change at all.

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Spector: "Gaming's Ultraviolence Has To Stop"

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Disney Interactive, E3 2012, Epic Mickey, Junction Point Studios, Ultraviolence, Video game violence, Warren Spector

Spector: "Gaming's Ultraviolence Has To Stop"

Acclaimed industry veteran Warren Spector has decried the level of "ultraviolence" witnessed at E3 this year, calling for the games industry to stop "fetishizing" violence, calling the approach to mature themes in today's industry "adolescent".

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Spector "Desperately" Wants To Make Epic Mickey HD

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Disney, Epic Mickey, Junction Point, Warren Spector

Spector "Desperately" Wants To Make Epic Mickey HD

After Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two was revealed last week as a multiplatform title, it transpires that series creator Warren Spector "desperately" wants to bring the original game to PS3 and Xbox 360 as an HD re-release.

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RUMOUR: Disney To Unveil Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion Next Week?

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Matt Gardner
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News
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3DS Games, Disney Interactive, Epic Mickey, Epic Mickey 2, Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion

RUMOUR: Disney To Unveil Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion Next Week?

A tweet from the French version of ONM has suggested that Disney might be about to unveil 3DS title Epic Mickey 2: Power of Illusion.

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Epic Mickey | £17.99 | Amazon & HMV | Wii

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Epic Mickey, Games deals, Platform games, Wii games
Discuss:
Wii

Warren Spector surprised the lot of us when he announced that he'd be tackling a Disney-themed platformer... on the Wii... but he's actually made a decent fist of it. After the fan backlash against the leaked gameplay screens, he went back to his awesome concept art to create a cerebral and unpredictable experience. It's a respectful homage to Disney's classic characters, but ranks as one of the most unique action adventure games to have released in recent years. Why not take advantage of this low price and join the elite minority of people who actually bought it?

Epic Mickey | £21.99 | MyMemory | Wii

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Epic Mickey, Games deals, Platform games, Wii games
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Wii
epic-mickey

Warren Spector's take on one of the most iconic cartoon characters of all time will be hitting the shelves this Friday- but MyMemory's preorder deal should allow you to nab it for a fraction of the high street price without the hassle of getting the bus. Epic Mickey is set to be an extremely capable and anarchic platformer, with occasional moments of complete unsettling wrongness as Mickey's thrown into bizarre and odd situations. Spector went back to the drawing board after us gamers rightfully flamed the leaked screenshots... so hopefully he'll have upped his game for the final version.

Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
New Releases
Tags:
Def Jam Rapstar, Epic Mickey, Gran Turismo 5, Hot Wheels, MegaMind, New Releases, Tron Evolution, WormsSplatterhouse
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Gran Turismo 5

Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
Some big titles this week. Warren Spector is back on the case with Epic Mickey, Splatterhouse hits the shelves alongside Tron Evolution. But let's be honest. Gran Turismo 5 is the game that's probably the most hotly anticipated title on this week's list...if it arrives. I'm not going to believe it until I see it.

That said, the game I'm most excited abut this week is Def Jam Rapstar. With its community potential it could prove to be a real game-changer and trend-setter like no music game we've seen so far.

NB. Release timetables are like the blink angels and have a tendency to move when you look away so some of these dates may be subject to change.

Video Game

PC

PSP

PS3

X360

Wii

DS

Gran Turismo 5
24th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
CSI Fatal Conspiracy
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
Def Jam Rapstar
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
Epic Mickey
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
Hot Wheels Track Attack
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
Majin and the Forsaken Kingdom
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
Megamind
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
Michael Jackson: The Game
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
NBA Jam
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
Pac-Man Party
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
Splatterhouse
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
Tron Evolution
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th
Worms Battle Islands
26th November 2010
Video Game New Releases: November 22nd - 28th

Epic Mickey Pre-Order | £25.49 | 365 Games | Wii

Author:
Carl Phillips
Category:
Deals
Tags:
Epic Mickey, Games deals, Platform games, Wii games
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Wii

epic-mickey_dealspwn

From the mind that brought the world Deus Ex comes a tale of Mickey Mouse like no other. Thrust into a world filled with forgotten and rejected Disney characters, control Mickey as he tries to defeat the looming danger he inadvertently caused. Armed with a magic paint brush and the ability to change the world around him, it’s down to you to form alliances with the characters you encounter in this open-ended platform game. If the previews are anything to go by it may finally be a game worthy of showing off the best of the Wii, and at this pre-order price a well-priced Christmas present (yes, we’re FINALLY approaching that time of year again.)

From Nintendo... to Sony... at E3 - Extra News Roundup 16th June 2010

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
Donkey Kong, E3, Epic Mickey, Games news, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn, Goldeneye 007, Gran Turismo 5, Heroes on the Move, Hideo Kojima, Killzone 3, Kirby Epic Yarn, Metal Gear Solid: Snake Eater, Nintendo, Nintendo 3DS, Playstation, Playstation Move, Portal 2, PSP, Sony, Twisted Metal, Zelda Skyward Sword
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Gran Turismo 5 | Killzone 3 | Portal 2

Our E3 Roundup Coverage continues with Day 1: Nintendo and Sony. Here we go again! Click here to catch up with Microsoft, Ubisoft and EA if you missed it- and hit the links for trailers.

Ninty!

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  • 3DS Revealed. Finally. Iwata has finally unveiled the 3DS... and whilst the details don't really come as much of a surprise, it's shaping up to be a very sexy piece of kit. The device conforms exactly to the recent leaked specifications- and in fact, Kotaku's photoshop mockup was right on on the money. However, it will be able to take 3D pictures and display downloadable 3D movies (with a WB and Disney partnership in the pipeline). Backwards compatibility and a seriously impressive third party commitment will ensure that the 3DS will make us very happy indeed... and will make Nintendo a lot of money. Launch titles will include a new 3D Kid Icarus.
  • Kojima announces MGS Snake Eater 3DS Remake. Yeah, that's right. Apparently a fully-featured remake of MGS Snake Eater is headed to the 3DS. This is something we want. Right now.
  • Zelda: Skyward Sword Revealed and demoed. The latest iteration of the Zelda franchise, titled Skyward Sword, features 1:1 sword and shield combat facilitated by the Wii MotionPlus. However, Tech issues (or a buggy alpha build, go figure) caused Shigsy to cancel a couple of the demonstrations- but you'll get the gist of it. The Wiimote controls the sword, allowing the player to swipe, lunge, parry and hold the sword aloft to charge up a powerful attack (hence the title). Let's face it: poor demo aside, it's going to be good. It's a Zelda game after all.
  • Kirby Epic Yarn Unveiled. Kirby's back... and this time, the gimmick is string. This is actually shaping up very nicely, with a distinctive visual style and some epic boss battles.
  • Wii Donkey Kong Revealed for holiday release. That's right: the big guy's back for another 2.5D outing. No real surprises, but another quality platformer is always worth getting excited about.
  • Goldeneye 007 Dated for November. Activision's (fairly ugly) revival of Rare's classic shooter has been officially dated for November. Personally I'm not sure that anything good can come of this... but I'd love to be proven wrong.
  • Epic Mickey Shown off by Spector. A violent fan backlash forced Warren to go back to his drawing board after the woeful Wii screenshots were released last year... and it shows.
  • Golden Sun: Dark Dawn Announced for DS. The original Golden Sun is still revered by handheld gamers as a pinnacle of portable storytelling, and the new sequel will deliver isometric 3D graphics and some shiny effects. One to watch.

Sony!

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  • Playstation+ hitting PSN soon. Whilst this didn't surprise us in the least, Sony's premium subscription PSN service will be hitting very soon. Standard PSN services (such as messaging and online play) will continue to be free for regular PS3 owners... but the subscription offers a slew of perks including free PSN downloads, early demo access and Qore membership. At around £35 per year, this is quite an attractive little package.
  • Portal 2 and Steamworks Heading to PS3. You know the "big surprise" that Valve have been teasing us with these last few days? Portal 2 is headed to the PS3. The addition of Steamworks to the PS3's repertoire will apparently ensure that the PS3 version is "the best version of the game." Gabe Newell's words, not mine. Expect a 2011 launch.
  • Playstation Move works, Dated and Demoed. Unlike Microsoft's fairly insubstantial Kinect demo and Nintendo's impotent Wiimote issues, Playstation Move actually worked convincingly. It's set to launch September 15th with a $49.99 price tag and over 40 developers lined up to support the peripheral. Sorcery, a newly-announced title, uses the Move controller to control a selection of powerful spells with full 1:1 wand control. I'm personally still not fussed by the move (no pun intended) towards motion control, but at least Sony's offering seems to handle fairly well.
  • Sample Move Games Selection Revealed. There's no quick and easy way to do this... so here we go! Time Crisis, Singstar Dance, Echochrome 2, Eyepet, Bruswick Bowling, Fight Night, Sports Champions, Move party, Heroes on the Move, Socom 4, The Shoot, Tron and Sorcery are headed to the PS3 in the near future.
  • Killzone 3 Launching February 2011 with Move functionality. And it's looking damn fine to boot.
  • GT5 Dated for November. Yamauchi's nearly ready to release his latest magnum opus. It's looking very shiny- but we hope that it won't trade fun for realism.
  • Heroes on the Move Revealed. Ratchet, Clank, Sly Cooper, Daxter and Jak will be united in the platformer that literally nobody wanted. I just hope we get the chance to properly throw down on some of the most annoying and grating characters in videogame history. Move support confirmed.
  • PSP will "Up its Game." The PSP has been slowly dying for several years now thanks to inconsistent software support- but Sony has vowed to reinvigorate its flagging handheld. They've promised to deliver 70 new PSP titles before Christmas as well as some killer apps including MGS Peace Walker and God of War: Ghosts of Sparta. It's about time they showed the PSP some serious love.
  • Twisted Metal is happening. David Jaffe has been staunchly denying that a new Twisted Metal's been in the works- but it turns out that his pants have been on fire this whole time. Multiplayer is looking exceptionally well-featured.
  • PS3 to get exclusive content for Assassin's Creed Brotherhood, Medal of Honor, Dead Space 2 and Mafia II.

And that's a wrap. Frankly, my fingers are cramping up and my mind has been truly blown by today's proceedings- so I'd like to open the floor to all of you. What did you make of the Nintendo and Sony pressers? What're you most excited about? Who, in your opinion, is winning E3 so far? Drop us a line in the comments!

From Nintendo's Grave to Rockstar's E3 Retreat - News Roundup 1st June 2010

Author:
Jonathan Lester
Category:
News
Tags:
E3, Earthworm Jim, Epic Mickey, Games news, Nintendo, Rockstar

Rockstar Will Have "No Presence" At E3

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With L.A. Noire and Max Payne 3 on the horizon and analysts predicting a GTA 5  reveal, we were sure that Rockstar would be bringing the rain to E3. Bizarrely, this couldn't be further from the truth. Completely out of left field, Rockstar have announced that they will not be turning up to E3 at all, opting to show off their titles at a press event to be held at a later date (TBA).

This announcement was preceded by rumours that Rockstar had pulled an important game launch from their E3 lineup, likely to be either GTA5 or Agent if our intel is solid. It seems that Rockstar hasn't quite got their big surprise reveal up to scratch yet and want to reveal their wares in one go... as well as shrewdly garnering extra publicity by staggering their announcement after the E3 hype dies down. Looks like we'll have to wait a few more weeks to see what Rockstar has in store for us. [VG247]

FFVII Writer: Nintendo is "Digging Its Own Grave"

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Nintendo is making money hand over fist with its wildly successful Wii console and DS handheld, but Apple's starting to encroach on their handheld territory with the iPhone and iPad. Whilst the games quality on Apple handheld platforms are traditionally terrible, both analysts and Nintendo execs have identified them as a potential threat. FFVII and Chrono Trigger Writer Masato Kato is the latest pundit to join the debate, stating in no uncertain terms that Nintendo's days are numbered due to increased competition and their niche marketing strategies/game lineup.

"With the iPad going on sale, the epoch of Nintendo is finished," Kato tweeted. "But with the DS and the Wii, it's been digging its own grave."

Big words, but they ring a little hollow considering that Kato has recently written the Mana series... that was released on the DS. [Kotaku]

Is Nintendo destined for a fall? Is this the start of the Age of Apple? Have your say in the comments!

Epic Mickey Gets Steampunk Revamp

epicmickey

Kingdom Hearts proved that Disney characters are more than just cutesy mascots- and Epic Mickey's concept art floored us with its blend of mature post-apocalyptic and steampunk imagery with the traditional Disney vibe. Unfortunately, the following screenshots were about as disappointing and bland as I've ever seen. I've seen Wii minigame collections with more character.

However, it seems that Junction Point Studios has taken the hint. The humiliating, savage and unrelenting public mockery that the gaming community poured onto the leaked screenshots was followed by several months of complete silence- and it appears that Warren Spector's going back to the drawing board (literally). Reports indicate that the entire graphical style has been brought back into line with the awesome steampunk concept art- and that we'll be able to get to grips with the leaner, meaner and darker Epic Mickey at E3. [GoNintendo]

New Earthworm Jim HD Trailer is Totally Groovy!

Earthworm Jim still has a special place in our hearts (and shelves) thanks to its bizarre weaponry and charming sense of anarchic humour- and fans have been waiting for a downloadable HD version ever since XBLA and PSN were in their infancy.

Luckily, the Earthworm Jim HD version is nearly upon us, with impressively retouched graphics and a four-player cooperative mode. It's a shame that we won't be able to choose from a selection of Earthworm Jim's cartoon characters, but at least we'll be able to mitigate the punishing difficulty by bringing a few mates along for the ride.

Don't believe us? Check out the trailer!

From DSi XL To Insomniac's Last 60fps Game: News Roundup October 30th

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Admin
Category:
News
Tags:
DSi, Epic Mickey, Final Fantasy, Insomniac, News

Today's news roundup see the Nintendo DSi XL announced for Europe, a rough idea of when the Final Fantasy XIII release date outside of Japan will be announced, the possibility of Epic Mickey spanning a triliogy, and Insomniac make the tough decesion to forsake 60fps in exchange for better graphics.

Nintendo DSi XL Revealed for Europe

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Following Nintendo's official reveal of the DSi LL yesterday on their Japanese website, Nintendo of Europe has confirmed the new DSi will arrive "in the first quarter of 2010," under the name DSi XL.  No price has been announced, but expect it to be slightly more expensive than the current DSi.  [1UP]

Final Fantasy XIII Release Date Announcement Revealed

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Final Fantasy XIII may be out this December in Japan, but we like the rest of the world have to wait until “spring 2010.”  A more concrete release date may be on the way however, as Square Enix has reportedly been casting for an upcoming Final Fantasy XIII advertisement in North America.  Liz Paulson casting agency claim they want to someone to read a script for an “exclusive, never before seen look at Final Fantasy XIII.

A reveal of the North American release date will then mark the end of the advertisement.  Considering the advertisement still needs to be filmed, the official release date won’t be announced anytime soon, although it may just slip out before the advertisement reveals all.  A European release will likely be within days of the North American release so keep those ears peeled.  Does that make sense?  [Siliconera]

Epic Mickey May End Up a Trilogy

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Epic Mickey may be a year away, but this hasn’t stopped Warren Spector from declaring his desire for a second or even third game.  “I don't do anything that isn't extensible,” said Spector.  "And I will certainly feel like that I have not done my job if we can't make other games in this world with these characters. In my head, I've got two more planned.”  Although he points we may never see them, as such things largely depend on the success of the original.

On the subject of future instalments, Spector shared his experiences with the projects he was involved in when Junction Point was acquired by Disney Interactive Studios, announcing they were “Dropped yes, no longer my concern, no; as part of the acquisition, Disney now owns the rights to the fantasy game that I was pitching -- which I would love to do someday.”  It looks like Junction Point still have a lot to offer over the next few years, let’s just hope they’re not too “Disney-fied.”  [1UP]

Ratchet & Clank: A Crack in Time Last insomniac Game to run at 60fps

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According to Insomniac, framerate is one of their “long-standing sacred cows.”  Ratchet & Clank Future: A Crack in Time runs at 60 frames per second, and looks great doing so.  Unfortunately it may be the last Insomniac game to boast such a high framerate, as the developer has been forced to choose between higher quality graphics or framerate.  The team claim they’re committed to bringing us the “best looking games out there,” and after extensive research have had to settle for better graphics.

Apparently their findings indicate framerate does not significantly influence review scores, or game sales, while better graphics often lead to a better reception, with gamers believing better looking games equals “more fun.”  Although framerate has taken a back seat for now, the future may provide the opportunity for high quality graphics and a high frame rate to run successfully beside each other.  [InsomniacGames]

From Spector's Mickey Mouse to Modern Warfare 2's Leak - News Roundup 26th October

Author:
Marius Goubert
Category:
News
Tags:
DJ Hero, Epic Mickey, Modern Warfare

In today's news roundup we hear about game designer Warren Spectator and his mission to reinvent Mickey Mouse for the Ninetndo Wii's Epic Mickey. We bring news of Activison's underwhelming sales forecasts for their latest interactive music game title: DJ Hero. And finally, we take a look at the fierce debate surrounding Modern Warefare 2 which, in the wake of leaked footage from a French gamer, may very well feature an optional 3rd person view.

Spector Asked to Reinvent Micky Mouse

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Best known for his futuristic FPS/RPG hybrid Deus Ex, game designer Warren Spector has revealed in an interview with Game Informer details regarding his latest commission to work on 'Epic Mickey' for the Nintendo Wii. Initially refusing Disney executives request to take on the project because, in his words, Disney had done such a great job of making Mickey 'irrelevant to anyone over the age of eight' (adding 'I don't make games for kids'), Spectator finally agreed after he was given a free hand to 'reinvigorate and reinvent' the character as he saw fit.

Although he described his task as 'probably impossible', Spectator seemed positive regarding his decision to revert back to the classic Mickey character from the 1920s and 30s. 'Mischievous is the nice way to put it.' he said, 'He was a badly behaved mouse. He was a troublemaker. I want to see people going out there and saying, 'I want to be Mickey Mouse.' Spectator explained that his choice to produce Epic Mickey for the Nintendo Wii stemmed from the fact that the console had the most relevant demographic.

Although he clearly relishes the opportunity to redefine one of the most iconic animated characters ever, Spectator acknowledged that trying to get Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 gamers to cast aside their copies of GTA and Halo and cry 'I want to be Mickey Mouse' might be a step too far even for him... [Eurogamer]

Slow Start Predicted for DJ Hero

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With interactive music games diversifying into ever more extreme areas, one can only wonder what the future has in store. Could we see the likes of Piano Hero, Violin Hero, Accordion Hero, or what about even... Harmonica Hero? The possibilities seems endless, but although Activison's DJ Hero might be eagerly anticipated by some, Red Octane co-founder Kai Huang explained that initial sales forecasts predict a slow start for the latest 'Hero' sequel. He believes that people just don't know what to expect from a Djing game and therefore, like Guitar Hero, it may take several editions before DJ Hero really takes off.

Despite a fair amount of skepticism and the belief that a Djing game will never have the same kind of appeal as a guitar title, Activision are taking a gamble which many people (including myself) hope pays off. After all, Guitar Hero's ability to expose classic rock music to younger generations - completely over-saturated by commercial pop music – was one of its greatest achievements. Similarly, Dj Hero could could well provide a bit of notoriety for some of the more underground music scenes and get people actually appreciating the skills of Djs and turntablists in the same way as other musicians. [1up]

Modern Warfare 2's 3rd Person Mode Leaked ?

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With the release of Modern Warfare 2 only a few weeks away, Infinity Ward must feel almost like nailing large pieces of crooked wood to the windows in the wake of all the recent rumors and speculation. Now, after supposedly getting hold of a leaked copy of Modern Warfare 2 for the Playstation 3, a French gamer has released a video on Youtube – with extremely low resolution footage – which apparently depicts an optional 3rd person view mode. Infinity Ward has yet to comment on the leak, but many people remain unconvinced; arguing that the grainy footage could simply be someone watching an in game reply. In the end it seems that only time will tell... [GiantBomb]