In reaction to the announcement of the newly revealed Wolfenstein game from Bethesda, video game designer Warren Spector went on Facebook today to say that the world does not need a “generically dark, monochromatic, FPS, kill-the-Nazi-giant-robot game.” For those who don’t know, Spector was the lead designer behind Epic Mickey, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, and he established Junction Point Studios, which closed its doors earlier this year.
“Did the world really need another Wolfenstein game? Did we need a generically dark, monochromatic, FPS, kill-the-Nazi-giant-robot game? Uh. No. The world did not. I am so tired of stuff like this.
“You’re welcome to write off my opinions but I have a right to express complaints about people recycling work as old as I am. I’m allowed to complain about the difficulty of getting new stuff green lit — new IP, new game styles and so on given my perspective as someone who’s constantly fighting the pressure to ‘just make a shooter.’
“And given the venom aimed at Disney Epic Mickey by people with no concern for how hard the team worked I don’t think I need any lectures about that. I know how hard developers work — better than most people — but I wish all that effort were spent on something that pointed toward gaming’s future rather than looking toward our past.”
Disney Interactive Studios subsidiary Junction Point Studios is no more, and its founder, Warren Spector, no longer works for Disney. The two games Junction Point Studios developed, Epic Mickey and its sequel, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, are Disney’s properties, and Disney retains the rights to the IP of the franchise, in which Disney mascot Mickey Mouse is the star.
Disney has confirmed that Junction Point Studios is defunct as of today, January 29th, 2013. The studio was established in 2005 by Warren Spector, and it was acquired by Disney Interactive Studios in 2007. In its lifetime, the studio developed two video games – Wii-exclusvie Epic Mickey and its sequel, Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, which was released on multiple platforms. We wish everyone who’s affected by the closure the best of luck.
“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.”
On November 23rd, which is Black Friday this year, you can purchase a Wii for $89 from Walmart and/or a Nintendo DSi XL for $99. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two isn’t even out yet (it releases on the 18th of November), but you can nab Wii’s version of the game from Walmart for only $24.96 on Black Friday.
- Wii Console – $89
- uDraw – $10
- Wii Sports – $15
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 – $15
- Mario Power Tennis – $15
- Mario Super Sluggers – $15
- Just Dance 3 – $15
- Super Mario Galaxy – $15
- Super Paper Mario – $15
- Pikmin 2 – $15
- Wipeout 2 – $15
- Wii Play Motion – $15
- Super Smash Bros. Brawl – $25
- Just Dance 4 – $25
- Wipeout 3 – $15
- Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two – $24.96
- Skylanders Starter Pack – $38.96
- Nintendo DSi XL – $99.96
- Pokemon White 2 – $30
- Pokemon Black 2 – $30
- Mario Kart – $30
- New Super Mario Bros – $30
Although Warren Spector of Junction Point Studios previously stated that it would be too late to develop a Wii U version of Epic Mickey: The Power of Two, the game has been confirmed for Nintendo’s forthcoming console and is actually a Wii U launch window title.
Peripheral manufacturer PDP allegedly revealed its plans on releasing Wii U accessories on Nintendo’s upcoming console’s launch date, which is supposedly November 18th. PDP is claiming, however, that it wasn’t referring to the Wii U console when it was discussing release dates; instead, the manufacturer says it was talking about accessories for Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, which is scheduled to launch on November 18th for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii.
“During PDP’s presentation of our fall line of gaming accessories to customers at a trade event, we stated that our Wii U accessories would be available at launch. Much later in the presentation we showed our Epic Mickey 2: The Power of 2 accessories for the Wii and confirmed that the Wii accessories will be in stores by the game’s November 18 launch date. Connecting the Wii U launch and Epic Mickey 2 peripheral launch dates is inaccurate and false. PDP has no knowledge whether this is the official Wii U release date or not.”