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.
What do you think? Would you have been interested in this? What did you think of Epic Mickey? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
I would love a good Donald game on my Wii U.
These concepts look more in line with the colorful Disney visuals I expect. I thought Epic Mickey tried a darker style but failed.
Epic Mickey was a fantastic idea in its conceptual stages with its darker atmosphere and creative way of bringing Oswald back to the public eye. But the final product was a bit more watered-down in terms of spookiness, and chalk-full of boring fetch quests on the side that only a completionist would really care about finishing.
The second one seemed a bit rushed and the co-op was often times frustrating. Power of Illusion is okay, though I haven't finished it yet.
I'm a pretty big Donald fan, but I personally never got into the whole Ducktales universe. I probably would've given it a try though.
I always preferred Donald over Mickey.
I'm not sure how to feel about this...but interesting nevertheless.
Poor Donald Duck... XD
I would've bought an Epic Donald game for the DuckTales content alone.
I'm pretty sure the original Epic Mickey was received very warmly by critics and casual gamers; its sequel failed to impress because it resolved none of the problems of its predecessor and added new ones.
I would have bought it. First Epic Mickey game was good, second game sucked.
Always preferred Donald and Goofy over Mickey, honestly.
It would be so awesome to see a Donald Duck game that manages to capture some of the magic of Carl Bark´s stories. I doubt that´ll ever happen though.
Epic Donald? I think that's what this presidential race should now be referred to as historically.
Nice art, but I'm not really seeing a game in it.
It would have been interesting to see what they could have done. I thought the Epic Mickey games had a lot of potential but didn't live up to it (especially the 2nd one)
@YouSeemFRAZZLED Ha, 2.5 games then! Forgot about that, wasn't that the castle of illusion sequel?
I miss good Disney character based games. I really like concept art.
I always wanted that Nintendo made some old school game with Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.
this would have been AWESOME!!
I thought the Epic Mickey games were great and massively overlooked, and Donald is my all time favourite Disney Character.
Real real shame this never got made. I would have loved this game
Wonderful! This was be tons better than epic mickey.
Wonderful! This was be tons better than epic mickey.
Loved the first Epic Mickey, the second one was pretty terrible.
If Epic Donald ever were to be released I'd probably buy it, but based on that artwork it doesn't seem to keep the dark atmosphere Epic Mickey went for.
Man, I would have been all over that. I've always had more of a soft spot for Donald even though I'm not a Disney fan.
I had zero interest in Epic Mickey and its sequel, and while the Wii version of Epic Mickey 2 is the only Wii game that I know of with a Turkish-language option (squee!!!), it still wasn't enough to coax me into buying the game (considering that the Wii U version didn't have the option).
No? For real? OMG
Literally yesterday I finished replaying Epic Mickey again. I loved it so much.
Donald Duck is my favourite character of all time in anything. I went to Disneyland Paris not even a month ago and all I wanted to do was meet Donald. Parade comes around, take a lot of photos, but the ratio of Donald photos to other characters was about 10:1.
I have an unhealthy obsession with Donald Duck and you're telling me they were planning a video game sequel to one of my favourite Wii Games centred around my favourite character?!?!?! What a world
Now that Disney Interactive has shut down, couldn't the creator of this concept pitch this to Disney again and have a third party like Atlus help with publishing?
@AlphaJaguar Maybe, but I feel that'd be quite a stretch. I'm more curious as to what this new Ducktales game is.
Weren't the info reported few days ago? I swear I read about that on a local internet website...
Anyway, Donald Duck have been always my favourite character. I prefered him and his ducky friends/relatives than Mickey Mouse. I think I could be interested in that cancelled game!
Also, those ilustrations looks so wonderful retro! I love the imperfect lineart on them. I'm really curious what kind of paper was used here, haha!
Wait, we could have driven the 313?!
[breaks down sobbing]
The more Disney games that have Donald Duck and is set in Duckberg the better. Donald Duck's Quack Attack is a decent platformer.
That would've been awesome! I love classic Donald Duck comics.
Aw man....I bet I would have loved this at least. Love old school Disney.
I'm not a fan of the Classic Disney characters and the concept art doesn't really say a whole lot about the game, so chances are if this game came out, I for one probably wouldn't get it.
Oh my gosh. I would have eaten that up! I am a much bigger fan of Donald than Mickey, but I still absolutely loved Epic Mickey 1. A fantastic game I need to go back and play again for sure. An Epic Donald game would have made my year, assuming it got the time and funding it needed, that is.
Dude, I'd be so over this.
I was disappointed when the Epic Mickey franchise was ended. I enjoyed the first game quite a bit, as well as the 3DS game. I haven't played it yet, but I have Epic Mickey 2 sitting on my shelf. There aren't enough 3D platformers these days, and aside from the camera issues, Epic Mickey was one of the few good ones, with great source material. At least there are several indie developers stepping in to cover the diminishing genre as the big publishers step away.
Epic Mickey 1 is one of my favorite games... would have loved to see a Epic Donald
Would there be an Epic Goofy afterwards?
While I think the Epic Mickey games were mechanically flawed, I think an Epic Donald game would probably be more interesting of a game than those, because Donald is himself has a more interesting personality than Mickey.
But the concept art has the game looking like a vehicle building game like Banjo Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts.
I really liked Epic Mickey. It had its flaws (too long, a bit repetitive, played it safe with the painting mechanism, wonky controls). But when it worked, it was a joy. And it was a real love letter to all things Disney. I also liked the fact that it reintroduced Oswald back into the Disney family. I never got around to Epic Mickey 2 (maybe someday, I'll give it a whirl). Epic Donald sounds like it would have been a blast. My daughter loves all those characters in the Duckburg universe (Donald, Daisy, Scrooge, Huey, Dewey and Louie). So she would have loved it.
I would have loved to play Epic Donald. The Epic Mickey games had some minor flaws but where fantastic over all, and since Donald is a much more interesting character this game could have been even better.
It's really sad that this series got cancelled so quickly when so many terrible games are allowed to live on. As Zero would say life is simply unfair.
I love both Epic Mickey games and Donald is my 2nd favorite Disney character, so I would have bought this just for Donald. lol (Goofy is my number one. )
What's the new Ducktales-project? Is Ducktales returning?!
@roy130390 I feel like that's how most people feel. Same goes for Daffy over Bugs.
I loved the idea and the concept around Epic Mickey, but felt the actual game parts were incredibly dull and unimaginative.
I feel like, had this come out, I would have loved the aesthetic and idea of a Carl Barks Duck game, but would have been bored by the actual gameplay.
Epic Mickey was interesting, but Epic Mickey 2 was just a terrible game. It's no wonder the whole "Epic" series was canned after EM2.
Ehm, this is no news. Warren Spector mentioned it in several interviews. When they started with the first game, they already thought about using Donald. But he wanted to re-introduce Mickey, who (in my opinion rightfully so) up until that point was not very popular in comparison to Donald.
Epic Mickey was an awesome game, would've liked to complete it before I sold my Wii back then. But I would've always preferred to play Donald as he's far more likeable and I can relate to him much more.
I own both of the games. The first one was fun, but I do wish the controls were better. The second one I haven't played yet because me and my Gf have to finish Lego dimensions first. Haha it is next on our list.
I felt Epic Mickey 1 was amazing. Story wise it was pretty dark and depressing. With Micky going into a world of forgotten characters and even some of his friends were left behind. And I loved how you could choose how the story progresses. Either paint the world anew or erase it all, it was up to you. And that final boss was just awesome, and was built up so well. I also loved the how Oswald reacted to Micky and how Micky had to face him after taking his place. Epic Micky 2 was not bad, but it had alot more problems then Epic Micky 1. The story was more kid friendly, the plot was very predictable in who the true badguy was. You couldent choose how the story progressed. While the 2 player option was a cool idea that wasn't enough to save the game. I would like to go to a dark Epic Micky again. As it did alot right, and a sequal could of done it justice
Want to see an epic Mickey? Play Kingdom Hearts.
I love that idea! I would buy Epic Donald!
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