Confirmed: The Studio Behind Epic Mickey Has Officially Shut Down

Following rumours yesterday, Junction Point, the development studio behind Epic Mickey and its sequel, has shut down.

Disney confirmed the news in a statement today:

It was with much sadness that we informed our teams today of changes to our Games organisation, which include the closure of Junction Point Studios. These changes are part of our ongoing effort to address the fast-evolving gaming platforms and marketplace and to align resources against our key priorities. We're extremely grateful to Warren Spector and the Junction Point team for their creative contributions to Disney with Disney Epic Mickey and Disney Epic Mickey 2.

Founded in 2005, Junction Point was started by Warren Spector, a video game designer best known for his work on Deus Ex and System Shock. The studio's two games were Epic Mickey, a Wii platformer released in 2010, and its sequel, Epic Mickey 2, released late last year for multiple platforms.

We've asked Disney to clarify what they mean by "changes" to the way they release games. Just two weeks ago, the Mickey Mouse creators announced Disney Infinity, their toy-based take on Activision's Skylanders.


    This makes me sick. I don't care if "that's the way business is" it's just not right to fire entire studios the instant one of their games does worse than expected.

    Sad news, but the reality is that despite Warren Spector's past awesomeness, the games really won't up to snuff.

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