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Disney Tasked Warren Spector with Mickey Reinvention

Posted by James Newton

Deus Ex creator also massive Mouse fan

When Disney revealed their forthcoming Wii exclusive Epic Mickey, one of the most surprising revelations was that it's headed up by industry legend Warren Spector, renowned for his extremely serious and profound adventure games. However, in a recent interview with Game Informer Spector revealed his enormous love for the character as well as the difficulties he and his team faced along the way.

Originally Spector pitched an idea of his own to Disney, but they came back on him with their idea of a complete reimagining of their famous rodent, telling him they were after someone to reinvigorate the character for a new generation, to which Spector replied "you've done an incredibly good job of making Mickey lame and irrelevant to anybody over the age of eight over the last thirty years. I don't do games for kids." Ouch.

Following that pretty disastrous day the two sides managed to patch up their differences and come together to work on one of the Wii's most promising upcoming exclusives. If you're interested in the mouse, Warren Spector's back-catalogue or even just want a good read, make sure you check out the full interview over at Game Informer.

[via gameinformer.com]

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V8_Ninja

#4

V8_Ninja said:

THIS GAME HAS A SHOT AT BEING AWESOME!!! WOOT!!!!!

EDIT: "...to which Spector replied 'you've done an incredibly good job of making Mickey lame and irrelevant to anybody over the age of eight over the last thirty years. I don't do games for kids.'" LOL :D

NintendoNaut

#6

NintendoNaut said:

Haha, I could see Disney now. "It's a good plan. Now we just need to take out any dark and serious parts."

Stuffgamer1

#7

Stuffgamer1 said:

@Nintendo-Naut: No, the dark and serious parts were Disney's idea! Warren was surprised, but thrilled by the idea. I've read the entire article, and it's an amazing read! Really makes me want to play the game. Shame it's still a year away...

Sean_Aaron

#9

Sean_Aaron said:

Outside of The Sorcerer's Apprentice bit in Fantasia I have little regard for Mickey, but I'm open to what this game has to offer. More info please!

Chrono_Cross

#10

Chrono_Cross said:

Ouch indeed.

Though I have to cold heartily agree with what he said:
"you've done an incredibly good job of making Mickey lame and irrelevant to anybody over the age of eight over the last thirty years. I don't do games for kids."

And this is^^ very true and proved from his shows to his board games to even his video games. Hopefully this Warren Spector guy, will prove something that no one else willingly has done before.

You know... deliver an awesome Mickey Mouse game.

Popyman

#11

Popyman said:

That was one amazing read. I like this dude, he thinks like me. Mickey is in great hands.

On a side note, I'd like to know what he thinks of Kingdom Hearts =P

Nosferajew

#13

Nosferajew said:

Warren...have I ever told you you're my hero?

You're everything I wish that I could be.

KrazyKain

#15

KrazyKain said:

"It was about going where the audience is and going somewhere where they’re going to accept a visual style that is more cartoony than people are used to seeing and where we don’t feel obliged to throw in every shader on the planet. “Look at the normal maps and shaders.”"

for that alone, i am interested in this game

#17

said:

I love Mickey as is. Making his personality grittier is such a modern approach to anything.

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