It has emerged today that Junction Point Studios, the developer behind the Epic Mickey series, has closed its doors and in the process made its employees — of which there were around 160 in early 2012 — redundant.
Rumours were circulating yesterday about the studio's demise, and now a Disney representative has confirmed with Polygon that the company would be closing down Warren Spector's studio.
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.
Warren Spector has left Disney Interactive as a result of the closure.
Spector had hinted that Epic Mickey 3 would soon be in the works and appeared to have plenty of ideas for where to take the series next. However it did appear to be unlikely considering Epic Mickey 2 only managed to sell 270,000 copies, while the original shifted 1.3 million.
Nobody likes to see a developer have to close its doors and it is certainly sad to see Junction Point close for good. We wish everyone involved all the best with their future endeavours.