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In one of the stranger pieces of news today, the UK Playstation Blog announced that Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two would be heading to Vita in Europe later this year. The game will take advantage of the Vita's front touch screen for greater painting accuracy and will have tilt controls for racing mode. There will also be an exclusive two-player wifi co-op mode so you can play with friends on the go. The news comes unexpected, as Epic Mickey 2 was critically panned and fell far short of Disney's sales targets for the game, even leading to the shuttering of developer Junction Point and the departure of Warren Spector. SCEE Junior Product Manager Alex Moyet confirmed in the comments section of the announcement that this port is indeed being handled by Sony (based on the PS3 version of the game), and it looks to be published by them as well. No word on whether the game will release in North America just yet, so stay tuned. In the meantime, check out our review of the game for more info. Source: Playstation Blog EU
In another sad case of a developer shutting down, today we've learned that Disney Interactive has shuttered Junction Point Studios, the developer behind last Fall's Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. The move was made in the wake of the critical and financial failure of the game. It was discovered recently that Epic Mickey 2 sold through 529,000 units of the game through last November and December, but those sales were far behind the original game's. A spokesperson for Disney Interactive released a statement on the situation to Polygon, saying: "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." Disney Interactive now turns its attention and resources toward the upcoming Disney Infinity, which is being developed by Avalanche Software. Additionally, game designer Warren Spector has confirmed that he is leaving Disney Interactive with the closure of Junction Point. He took to Facebook to post his farewell letter, saying that he's sad to leave Junction Point Studios behind but excited for the future. "JPS had a good eight year run." Spector noted in his farewell letter. "I got to work with some amazing people on some amazing projects. I've had some of the most magical times of my life, fulfilling several life-long dreams. I've gotten to know Disney fans and Disney cast members, gotten hands on with Disney's history, walked where Walt walked... 'Magical' really is the only word. Anyway, whatever you think of me, or Junction Point, or Disney or the Disney Epic Mickey games — yes, I know we polarized people! — I'll always look back on the last eight years with nothing but pride. Rarely have I worked with a team more dedicated or harder working. Never have I been part of a game — of anything, really — that touched people at as deep or personal a level as the Epic Mickey games. That's priceless." The full post can be read on Warren Spector's Facebook. Game Podunk wishes the best to those affected by the closure of Junction Point Studios. Source: Polygon
Jason Clement posted a article in Industry NewsWe're only slightly over a week away from Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two's release, and Disney is already releasing a slew of video content in anticipation of Mickey and Oswald's (ahem) "epic" return to consoles. The latest trailer/vignette showcases Playstyle Matters, which is an approach to the gameplay that allows players to tackle challenges however they want to, instead of having just one set way of solving something. This opens up a variety of possibilities and storylines, but also comes with different consequences as well. Hit up the trailer below to watch it in action and see for yourself. Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is slated to release on Nov. 18th on the Wii, PS3, 360, and Wii U. Additionally, its 3DS companion game, Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion, is releasing on the same day, and a demo is currently available to download on the Nintendo eShop right now.