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Epic Mickey developer Junction Point shuts down

Junction Point Studios, the developer of Disney Epic Mickey and its sequel, has shut down. Disney released a statement to Kotaku confirming that the Austin, Texas developer led by System Shock and Deus Ex creator Warren Spector has been shuttered:

"It was with much sadness that we informed our teams today of changes to our Games organization, 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."

Much of those efforts are likely bringing the company in line with the ambitious cross-franchise Disney Infinity toy and game platform.

Rumors began circulating yesterday of the studio's closure, which appears to have employed more than 40 people judging by group photos on its website. The studio was formed in late 2004 and acquired by Disney Interactive Studios in 2007.

UPDATE: Information from Disney and the NPD Group show Disney Epic Mickey 2 sold 529,000 copies in November and December of 2012, Joystiq reports.

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4 comments

  • shawksta - January 29, 2013 12:11 p.m.

    Its a shame, but they fucked up, TWICE. I wish them good luck but it was wasted potential. Frankly I can't blame camera problems, Mario in Space got rid of camera problems, but epic Mickey could've been much better, they were unique to say the least and the concept was good. Its funny how the Wii original was great despite flaws but the Multi-platform sequel create much more bigger problems.
  • Darkhawk - January 30, 2013 6:06 a.m.

    Agreed. I bought EM solely on Gamesradar hype and was greatly disappointed. In my opinion, its biggest problem was, in a word, "darkness". Showing an Anti-Disney World was always a risky endeavour, and it proved true: who wants to play a Mickey game that's bleak and literally imbued with dark colours. Purple and slime green are not what I want to see when playing through Disney. (By the way: compare with Kingdom Hearts, which also had a serious storyline but was smart enough to keep the vibrant visuals that made Disney famous.)
  • Redeater - January 29, 2013 11:44 a.m.

    This is at least somewhat satisfying. I'm never happy about people who lose their jobs but if there was one developer who should have been closed down it's these guys. Epic Mickey fell so far from what they promised it was infuriating. Unbelievably, JP ignored any sort of criticism and released an even more broken sequel. In a world where we have seen the excellent Vigil left out in the cold (along with many other talented developers) I can't be bothered to shed any tears for JP.
  • TurkeyOnRye - January 29, 2013 11:13 a.m.

    It's a bummer when any game studio shuts down, especially one headed by a legend like Warren Spector. Unfortunately, with THQ closing and whatnot, it looks like these stories are going to be more and more common.

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