160 jobs go as Epic Mickey dev closes
Disney has officially shut down video game developer Junction Point Studios, the team behind Disney Epic Mickey and its sequel Disney Epic Mikey 2: The Power of Two.
The closure results in a loss of about 160 jobs, as reported by Polygon. A representative from Disney explained the layoffs, “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.”
Many of the staff at the company were on paid leave since the release of Epic Mickey 2. The layoffs came at a time of uncertainty for some staff. The sequel’s sales were reportedly disappointing compared to the first title, launched around the same time in 2010.
In the wake of the developer closing its doors, it has been reported that the company’s former president, Warren Spector, has left Disney Interactive. Spector co-founded Junction Point in 2004, and even hinted at a third Epic Mickey title as the second game was launching. In a statement issued via Facebook, Spector reacted to his company’s closure.
Spector expressed his feelings over Junction Point’s journey when he said, “I’ll always look back on the last eight years with nothing but pride. I said to myself… worst case, we’d be a footnote in Disney history. Looking back on it, I think we did far better than that.”
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