Junction Point, the development team behind Disney Epic Mickey and its sequel, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, has been closed down. Disney issued a statement today announcing the studio’s shuttering.
“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.”
Junction Point was Warren Spector’s baby, who many consider to be a game development legend in his own right having created titles like the original Deus Ex. Spector created and served as the head of Junction Point, leading the charge of development on both Epic Mickey titles. The original Epic Mickey had a lot of hype behind it leading into launch, but it failed to impressed critics with its underdeveloped controls, although it sold well regardless. It’s sequel, however, didn’t perform as well commercially, making this news of the studio’s closing not unexpected, however sad it may be.
I was never able to get into the Epic Mickey titles, but I knew a few good people that worked at Junction Point, and our well wishes go out to them that they land on solid ground soon. It’s never a fun experience reporting on a studio closing. Good luck to everyone leaving Junction Point.