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Disney Interactive Shut Down Junction Point

Author:
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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Epic Mickey 2 Oswald Vignette Sets Out To Make Friends

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Disney Interactive, Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two, Junction Point, trailer, Warren Spector

Epic Mickey 2 Oswald Vignette Sets Out To Make Friends

The latest Epic Mickey 2 trailer is all about player 2: namely, Oswald the rabbit. Warren Spector and Junction Point decided to give Mickey's monochromatic pal a complimentary set of skills, such as the ability to covert mechanical enemies into friends with his remote control. It will apparently be possible to complete the game without "defeating a single enemy in combat" by making lots of chums.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two releases on November 23rd for PS3 and Xbox 360, and will be available on the Wii U at launch.

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Epic Mickey 2 Dev Diary Trumpets "The Power Of Music"

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Disney, Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two, Junction Point, trailer

Epic Mickey 2 Dev Diary Trumpets "The Power Of Music"

The hills are alive with the sounds of... well, another Epic Mickey 2 developer diary. In this sixth video, Spector and the Junction Point team discuss the role of the soundtrack and how several characters express themselves through song. During several gameplay sections, the dynamic music will actively change depending on your play style and choices.

Matt got hands-on with Epic Mickey 2 at Gamescom 2012, and our interview with Warren Spector will be going live later this evening.

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Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Hands-on Preview | It Takes Two, Baby!

Author:
Matt Gardner
Category:
Features
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Disney Interactive, Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two, Games previews, Gamescom 2012, Junction Point, Warren Spector

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Hands-on Preview | It Takes Two, Baby!

Platforms: PC | PS3 (tested) | Xbox 360 (tested) | Wii

Developers: Junction Point

Publishers: Disney Interactive

Gaming is littered with underappreciated siblings, and battles between brothers and sisters. Luigi will always be overshadowed by his fat, red brother; the Williams sisters are always trying to gain the upper hand over one another, battling it out for favour and victory (in fact most of the Tekken backstory boils down to family troubles); Liquid Snake's driving goal is to prove that he's better than his brother Solid Snake; there's Kasumi and Ayane, Dante and Vergil, Kratos and Hercules, and a good deal more besides.

But one of the greatest stories, a real life story, in fact, is that of Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Rabbit. The tale of Oswald's jealousy - envious of the acclaim and success Mickey claimed instead of him - and the story of his redemption, not to mention Mickey's, all came out win the first game. This second title sees Mickey called back to the Wasteland for another adventure. The world of forgotten characters has found itself beset by earthquakes, and though the residents are rebuilding slowly under the direction of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the mysterious return of a suspiciously friendly Mad Doctor heralds fresh destruction. Now Mickey and Oswald must team up and work together to get to the bottom of The Mad Doctor's transformation and uncover its true meaning.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Hands-on Preview | It Takes Two, Baby!

Of course, the biggest shift with this sequel comes in the form of drop-in/drop-out co-op gameplay. At any point during the game, a friend can fire up a second controller - locally or online - to render some assistance as Oswald. Mickey is one again armed with his trusty paintbrush, able to colour in and thin out various items, objects, and characters in the game; Oswald, however, gets himself a snazzy little remote control that can be used to stun enemies, who may then be painted over to turn marauding baddies into handy allies.

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Spector & Wolfman Talk Storytelling In New Epic Mickey 2 Dev Diary

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Disney Interactive, Junction Point, Marv Wolfman, Storytelling, trailer

Spector & Wolfman Talk Storytelling In New Epic Mickey 2 Dev Diary
Warren Spector has teamed up legendary comic writer Marv Wolfman to pen the story for Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two. In this new dev diary, the minds behind Deus Ex and Blade discuss what makes for effective storytelling techniques, and how they've applied it to the upcoming cooperative platformer.

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Spector: "I Would Never Make A Game Like Heavy Rain"

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Matt Gardner
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News
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David Cage, Heavy Rain, Junction Point, Quantic Dream, Warren Spector

Spector: "I Would Never Make A Game Like Heavy Rain"

Warren Spector - he of Deus Ex and Epic Mickey fame - has suggested that although he admires Quantic Dream and thinks David Cage is one of the finest storytellers in the industry, that he'd never make a game like Heavy Rain, decrying the critically acclaimed PS3-exclusive's inflexibility and lack of emergent player surprises.

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Epic Mickey 2 Trailer Introduces Oswald The Lucky Rabbit

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Disney Interactive, Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two, Junction Point, Trailers, Videos, Warren Spector

Epic Mickey 2 Trailer Introduces Oswald The Lucky Rabbit

When it comes to dusty, forgotten Disney characters, they don't come much more dusty or forgotten than Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. But this latest trailer for Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two places the 85-year-old front and centre, giving some insight into Oswald's history, his impressive array of kooky abilities, and how he'll play when it comes to the game.

Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two launches for Wii, PS3, Xbox 360, and PC on November 18th in the US, and November 23rd over here in Europe.

Meet Oswald after the jump...

Spector "More Scared" Over Next-Gen Than Excited

Author:
Matt Gardner
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News
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Development, Epic Mickey 2, Junction Point, Next-gen, Nintendo, Warren Spector, Wii

Spector "More Scared" Over Next-Gen Than Excited

Warren Spector has intimated that he's a little bit scared of the next generation of consoles, if only because production costs may well prove astronomical.

Citing Nintendo, and the Wii in particular, as an example of design in games prevailing over big budget graphics, Spector said he was "a little worried" that "once we can do Pixar-quality graphics rendered in real time with interactivity", development costs may shoot over the $200 million mark, with a greater emphasis on landslide sales to earn that money back, something that only a small handful of studios will be able to achieve.

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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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