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Warren Spector's Junction Point Reaches the End of the Line

Posted by Sammy Barker

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After the reportedly dire sales of Epic Mickey 2, it’s perhaps not surprising that Disney has decided to shutter developer Junction Point today – but that doesn’t make the news any easier to swallow. The publisher, currently wrapped up in the production of Disney Infinity, confirmed the closure earlier this evening, citing its desire to stay competitive in the “fast-evolving” console market.

“It was with much sadness that we informed our teams today of changes to our Games organization, which include the closure of Junction Point," a statement from the company said. "We're extremely grateful to Warren Spector and the Junction Point team for their creative contributions to Disney with Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey 2."

Junction Point was established in 2005 before being acquired by Disney in 2007. Its first game, Epic Mickey for the Nintendo Wii, was a huge commercial success, but its multiplatform sequel failed to capture the imagination of consumers, shifting just 270k copies in North America by the end of last year. As always, our thoughts go out to all of those affected by this announcement.

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Sanquine

#1

Sanquine said:

: Maybe because the second game was not an improvement at all? Everybody who played the first game knew the camera was a pain in the A$*. They should have fixed it. And the second game had the worst AI partner i have had in years.... Oswald was his name as i remember

3Above

#2

3Above said:

Honestly, i think the 1st game was hyped up because the Wii needed games at the time. I remember Xplay going on and on about it like it was a new GTA game. So much so that i started to want the game. The a friend of mine played it and told me about the camera and how it played like a Mario Galaxy ripoff.

Gamer83

#3

Gamer83 said:

The first game was flawed but still very fun and it had a nice marketing campaign behind it so I'm not surprised it sold well. The sequel did nothing to improve on the first and had little to no advertising, unfortunately it bombed. It's sad anytime a stupid closes though, especially one led by somebody who is highly regarded in the industry, hopefully they all bounce back soon.

rjejr

#4

rjejr said:

The 1st game sold 1.3 million copies b/c Mickey Mouse was in it. The 2nd game sold .3 million b/c the first game wasn't that good.

Was anybody clamoring for a 2-player 2nd game?

craigun

#5

craigun said:

What a shame. Maybe Disney should reignite their relationship with Sega? I would love to see remakes of Castle of Illusion and Quack Shot!!

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