Following the release of the fantastic but flawed Disney Epic Mickey in 2010 on the Wii, Junction Point Studios and Disney Interactive Studios have recently announced that we will once again return to the magical world of Mickey Mouse in Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two this year on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Wii.
This time, however, you’ll be bringing on a friend along with you on a musical journey!
In Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, you’ll once again return to Wasteland, a bizarro world accidentally created by Mickey’s mischief in the first game.
Filled with 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme part attractions, Wasteland is also where Mickey first set out to make things right and save the world and its citizens using the power of his magical paints brush (to create) and thinner (to remove and destroy).
Disney Epic Mickey 2 will see Disney’s forgotten hero Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who had been banished to Wasteland years before, join forces with Mickey in a truly co-operative adventure. While Mickey has access to his paint and thinner, Oswald will be able to control electricity with a powerful new remote control gadget.
As Junction Point and studio head Warren Spector aim to break new ground with the developer’s approach to co-operative gameplay and its ‘Playstyle Matters’ philosophy (where actions have consequences), the company will also be introducing the world to its very first true ‘musical’ videogame.
Here’s Disney’s explanation:
“At many points throughout the adventure, characters will advance the plot by expressing themselves in song, with all-original music and lyrics. In addition to this distinctive musical approach to storytelling, players will hear tunes and instrumentation that change based on their personal choices, ultimately allowing each player to ‘conduct’ their own unique soundtrack.”
To help co-ordinate this mechanic in Disney Epic Mickey 2, Junction Point has enlisted the help of Emmy award-winning composer James Dooley and noted lyricist Mike Himelstein. Most interesting – we’re very intrigued to discover how this plays out in the game!
As opposed to the first game, Disney Epic Mickey 2 will include voices, officially known as ‘authentic Disney Character Voices talent,’ who will provide spoken dialogue throughout the game to provide player direction and interaction. For the very first time – ever – the world will hear Disney’s long-lost character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit speak to the world!
Creative director and vice president at Junction Point, Warren Spector, said of Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two:
“As a life-long Disney fan, working with Mickey Mouse in the original ‘Disney Epic Mickey’ was a truly humbling experience. Millions of fans fell in love with Mickey as a video game hero and I know they’ll experience similar emotions when they get to interact with and actually play as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.’”
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is out this ‘Fall’ for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 (supporting the PlayStation Move) and Wii. Featuring true drop-in/drop-out co-operative play, Disney Epic Mickey 2 will also see the return of 2D platforming levels based on classic Disney animated films and shorts, while the game’s original story has been co-written by award-winning American comic book writer, Marv Wolfman, and Junction Point
“The storyline will feature a variety of new and returning characters that will further immerse players in Disney’s rich history while adversaries familiar and new will challenge players,” says Disney.
Now, onto our feature presentation:
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – Debut Trailer
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two Screenshots
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – Wii Screenshots
Warren Spector Interview – Disney Epic Mickey 2
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – Sequence Screenshots
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – Box Art