Remember Epic Mickey? Junction Point's ambitious, decision-centric platformer drew a lot of attention with it's unique art direction and supposedly dark themes for Disney's most popular mouse, but the game was met with mixed reception upon release. The team tried once more with Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, but once again was unable to get the gameplay formula down. Junction Point was shuttered and the Epic Mickey series was shelved, but it appears there was another game in the planning stages before the studio closed it's doors.
A Concept Artist named Patrick Block recently sold some of his art on eBay which was evidently for 'Epic Donald', a game in the Epic Mickey universe starring Mickey Mouse's hot-headed sidekick. It would've been set in a 1950's-esque Duckberg and featured the whole duck clan, but it unfortunately never made it past the concept stage. Here's what Block had to say on the art:
Walt Disney comic and gaming conceptual artist Pat Block here.
In 2012 I had the very great pleasure and honor of working with Warren Spector and Junction Point on a follow up to Disney's Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey II.
The game was to feature Donald Duck, Duckburg, and the assorted classic world clan. I worked hard on a "Carl Barks" based Duckburg, puling scenes of the town from his comics and doing my best to keep a 1950's feeling spirit about the game world.
Sadly, this was about the time Disney decided to switch over to it's current gaming, more tablet oriented gaming focus.
While we were fully paid for our conceptual work on the project, to date, it has not been made.
With the new DuckTales project in the works, I have hopes we still might see the game, with some of our work, get made.
It sounds like it could've been a cool game, but the previous two Epic Mickeys do make one wonder whether or not the game would've been received very well. Perhaps the studio would've gotten it right the third time.
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