It’s with great despair that we have just learned of the closure of Warren Spector and Disney Epic Mickey development house, Junction Point Studios, after parent company Disney Interactive Studios confirmed recent rumours in a statement to the press.
The release read:
“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.”
Founded in 2005 by industry legend Warren Spector and previous colleague Art Min, Junction Point Studios was to serve as an uncompromising platform to explore new game design ideas and methods through which to tell stories while placing ultimate control in the hands of the player.
Following various in-house projects and at least one high profile development deal with director John Woo called ‘Ninja Gold’ (which was said to take place in South Africa), Junction Point was acquired by Disney Interactive in 2007, which lead to the development of the studio’s first title, Disney Epic Mickey for the Wii.
Disney Epic Mickey received mediocre critical acclaim (but we loved it) and sold roughly two million copies, while the sequel, Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, also didn’t fair well amongst critics and sold poorly (but we still enjoyed it).
Our thoughts go out to all those affected by the closure of Junction Points Studios and we wish everyone all the very best for the future.