Disney Shuts Down Epic Mickey Studio; Warren Spector Leaving Disney

Disney announced today that they will shut down Austin,Texas-based Junction Point, the game studio that had developed the Epic Mickey gameseries. Disney acquired the studio, founded by Warren Spector and Art Min, in 2007.

In an emailed statement, the Disney company said:

“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.”

Spector will no longer be involved with Disney. The Disney Company announced earlier this month that they were developing a new gaming initiative called Disney Infinity.


  • Seni Oyewole

    . . . well, that’s a downer.

  • Yogi

    Poor Warren. He never got his Ducktales game made.

  • confusion

    I think what makes this particularly sad is that this entire concept never really reached its potential. The ideas were definitely there, and there was some good art direction to back them up, but unfortunately the games themselves were below average.

  • Ira Owens

    My kids (3 & 6) love this stinkin’ game, I say that as in it’s stinkin’ awesome! Epic Mickey 2 has some great cut-scenes, I thought the were doing a great job!!!

  • jmahon

    lately it seems like all the shows that are the greatest hits, not just in terms of viewership but in terms of artistic quality, end up getting the axe for no discernable reasons or really flimsy ones. What is the ulterior motive in cancelling or closing out such successful ventures? Does anyone know?

    • hannah

      probably merchandising or something. not being able to sell a thousand action figures, or put the main character’s face on a coffee mug

  • jmahon

    so we’re getting a glorified Club Penguin-meets-Fusion Fall with Disney characters, instead. I’m so disappointed. Sorry Warren, your games were so cool :(

  • RODAN

    Is anyone surprised? I’m sure it was planned all along to close this down… But with the incentives that Texas is giving businesses… I’m would think they’d have taken more advantage of this… A Magic Kingdom in Texas would be Texas Big!

  • DarylRhysT

    Sad but not surprising. I really like the games and his was so enthusiastic about Disney heritage. As least Warren Spector can always say one thing, he brought back Oswald. And that can never be taken away from him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/thedisneylandmom Beth Thorpe

    That’s too bad. I really enjoyed the games… They were unique and drew on such a big part of Disney history. I am most sad to hear a good Duck Tales game could have been possible… We’ve been waiting years for that.

  • Chris Leonido

    Yeah, most kids these days are playing M rated video games ike Black ops. Its mostly because of bad parenting who wont act like proper parents and just say no to M rated games like that until they are older. It saddens me to see that most kids are playing games like COD while ignoring the good games like Epic Mickey. That were made for both kid and adult audiences. 12 year olds think they are cool when they play COD,but they aint. I used to play COD but I stopped because most of it was shouting coming from 12 year olds who think they owned the universe. Idiots.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gmaletic Greg Maletic

    The problem is that the Epic Mickey games simply weren’t very good. Poor control mechanics, antiquated gameplay…the idea was sound (as the sales success of the first title shows, because its reviews were poor), but the execution wasn’t.

  • Keen Bean

    Awesome work, average overall execution.