As Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two was unveiled by legendary game designer Warren Spector, comments that it would be a 'musical' game raised some eyebrows. While some assumed that this simply meant the inclusion of songs in the storytelling, others interpreted that description as meaning that the game would include singing and, heaven forbid, dancing sections. For those of us that have no interest in singing along with Mickey in his latest adventure, Spector had reassuring words.
Speaking to Eurogamer.net, Spector clarified his comments and reassured gamers, and confused journalists, that Epic Mickey 2 wasn't going to turn into a singing or dancing title.
I've been itching to talk about the game and the songs for a while. When we announced the game, I sort of threw it out there, because I'm so proud and so happy. I saw the look of fear in people's eyes. I'm like, what the heck is going on? Doesn't everybody love musicals? I realised I had to explain things.
Spector went on the clarify that no participation is needed in the musical sections, and they can be skipped.
I just want to see how people respond to the music and the songs. They're not interactive by design. Later on, I hope maybe we get to do that in some other game, sometime in the future. But I feel like I have to reassure that 30 per cent [who were unsure] that it's okay. If you don't want to experience that part of the game you can just bypass it.
I don't think I was clear at the start it wasn't singing into a microphone or beatmatch. I should have been clear about that, and I wasn't. I want everybody to just take a chill pill and relax about this. I'm not going to make you sing into a microphone. I'm not going to make you dance in front of your TV. I'm not going to make you beatmatch. This is just a fun way to honour a part of Disney's history. If you don't like that part of Disney's history, skip it.
Those of you hoping to sing along with Mickey will have to put your microphones away, though no one's stopping you joining in with these musical sections if you really want to.