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Rumour: Has Junction Point Hit A Dead End?

Posted by Orla Madden

Troubling tales regarding Warren Spector's studio

Various reports have been circulating around the internet in the past couple of hours saying that Warren Spector's Junction Point has been suffering some problems, with the development studio being closed down by Disney.

A tweet originating from Roberts Space Industries sparked the chatter, but it has since been removed, with this follow-up issued in its place:

Despite Roberts Space Industries retraction, 3D Realms’ George Broussard has fanned the flames by claiming he has known what's happening inside Junction Point for a while:

This isn't the first time this month that Junction Point has hit the headlines, as we reported that Epic Mickey 2 had only sold 270,000 copies, a major set back compared to the bumper commercial performance of the original game.

Looks like we'll never see Epic Mickey 3. What are your feelings about these rumours? Sound off in the comments section to let us know.


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Spideron said:

Yeah, they won't be missed as things are now. Too bad they couldn't do better with the franchise, the games are just plain boring imo. My two boys have both games and never play them.



Scollurio said:

Seriously I feel bad for the employees but whatever it was that made them bring out a lackluster game after the other, either pressing dealdines, lack of budget, poor talent or poor business decisions, or a combination of all that, I really think it's no wonder that a sub-par game fails.

What I DON't get though is how so many mainstream things with little improvements fare so well each year (Im looking at you, annual military shooters, annual arcade racing games and the-like).



MagicEmperor said:

[Warning: very negative opinion lies below. If you love Epic Mickey you don't have to read this post!]
This is what happens when you over-hype a game with glaring flaws, such as a broken camera, repetitive fetch quests, bland gameplay, and unfulfilled mechanics such as painting and thinning (they really didn't add much at all). This is what happens when, upon hearing criticism of said camera and problems, the company head says "They misunderstood us." Now, I never played Epic Mickey 2, but from what I've read, this is also what happens when you make a game that's even worse than the predecessor and not only fails to repair the problems, but introduces new ones. To get to the point, this is what happens when you make Epic Fails.

Epic Mickey has its fans, and great for them. I wish I could enjoy Epic Mickey, because I fell in love with the concept art, was excited for what was ultimately released... but I never warmed up to the game. And while I personally think Warren Spector is an arrogant blowhard, I also believe he is a serious Disney fan who has great ideas... but Junction Point's execution is, in my opinion, something that needs to be thinned out of existence, and repainted from scratch.

If this rumor is true, then I'm sorry for for the people who might lose their jobs... but if they had created better games, maybe this wouldn't have happened. Maybe. Sorry for being harsh, but that's how I honestly feel.



CliffordB said:

I've been playing Epic Mickey 2 on the PS3, I think it's biggest problem as others have mentioned is it's just to boring at times, the gameplay/tasks are just so tedious throughout the majority of the game.

I plan to stick with it until the end (just beat the 2nd boss), I truly don't think it's the worse game in the world but obviously could have been so much better in so many areas.

I think having trophies to unlock with a game like this is a massive help in that it gives me that extra incentive to get through the game, I think I would have given up long ago on the Wii/Wii U version without this added incentive.




Despite Epic Mickey 2's lacklustre show on the Wii and disastrous show on the Wii U and wanted to see an Epic Mickey 3. That's mainly because I loved the first game. I'm disappointed, yes, but not hugely devastated as I couldn't see their stubbourness over the game's few defeciencies changing.



SteveW said:

I played Epic Mickey 2 on the Wii U and yes, they really screwed up not letting us use the Wii remote for single player but other than that I really like the game and played for 21 hours until I finished it.



ThreadShadow said:

I think one problem with the games was that there was nothing endearing about Oswald and his girlfriends voices or characterizations. No offense to the voice actors, wasn't their fault. It's just, Oswald should have made us feel that all these years with Mickey, Goofy, and Donald, we've been missing out, because there should have been four good friends all this time instead of three. But to me, Oswald just came off as a useless, redundant unremarkable character that added nothing and could just as easily not have been there. Part of this is as I said before down to the choice of voice style and overall characterizations. His girlfriend was basically a boring clone of Dot the Warner sister.

To tell you the truth though, I'd love to see Nintendo give Warren Spector his own small dev team.



NintyMan said:

That's sad if it's really true. I actually enjoyed the first Epic Mickey and thought it was a fairly good game. The camera never bothered me, but there are some things that could've been better carried out such as the painting of the worlds. They even improved upon that in the sequel and added voice-acting, but it still ended up falling short. I got some enjoyment out of Epic Mickey 2, but the flaws were definitely more glaring.

I feel bad for the guys who worked there, but the main problem with Warren Spector and Junction Point was that they hyped up the game to almost impossibly high standards that would take some serious work to fulfill, but they apparently just couldn't get it right. If they couldn't even get it right the second time, how could they do it a third? That's why this news doesn't shock me, but it does disappoint me. Epic Mickey really did have a lot of potential and Oswald returning was a big deal to any nostalgic Disney fan.

Junction Point should've taken notes from Nintendo and Masahiro Sakurai of Super Smash Bros. in particular. That way they could've backed their big talk and big promises with big work.



Banker-Style said:

I know they messed up with 2,but I'd love to see them make one last try with Epic Mickey 3.

Give it 2-3 years into development,and focus on what people want.



nomeacuerdo said:

It's a shame, I really like this franchise. But well, two games in the franchise is okay, I think.



PinkSpider said:

As nasty as it sounds oh well shame, shouldn't have messed up a possibly perfectly good franchise.
I mean come on the Wii U should have been the definitive version after how EXCLUSIVE the original Wii Title was. And they didn't even bother to try.
So good riddance...

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