Warren Spector, the man behind the Epic Mickey franchise, isn’t entirely convinced by Virtual Reality headsets such as Morpheus and Oculus Rift. Spector joins Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime in criticising the current technology and believes that it is simply nothing more than a fad. Spector claims that people generally look silly wearing the head-gear and there’s also the fact of nausea to content with. However, he thinks there is potential in Augmented Reality like Microsoft’s upcoming Hololens.
“I’ve been pretty consistent in my belief that VR is a fad. I think it’ll generate some interest among the hardcore gamers. And I see amazing possibilities in VR for social media and virtual meetings and training and crazy stuff like dealing with phobias. But for entertainment? I’m just not seeing it. I don’t think most humans want to look stupid (everyone looks stupid in a VR headset) and they don’t want to isolate themselves from the world. I mean, if someone’s sneaking up behind me with a baseball bat, I want to know about it, you know what I mean? And let’s not talk about nausea.”
“It’s weird, I worked on a couple of games that supported available VR headsets back in the ’90s and I was really jazzed about it. Now, I’m kind of over it.”
“AR, on the other hand – that seems pretty exciting. There’s some potential there. Even the low-hanging fruit of AR gaming seems compelling. Bring on the AR.”
Epic Mickey creator Warren Spector has stated that his next project will not be a musical related game, but will instead focus on a procedural narrative. Spector sadly wouldn’t give any further hints as to what his next video game project would be, but here’s what he had to say.
“I’m not going to tell you what, but the next game I do will probably focus more on procedural narrative than on music, because that’s an easier target at the scale I want to work on. But, at some point, I hope I get the opportunity to make a musical game.”
In an interview with GameSpot, Deus Ex and Epic Mickey designer Warren Spector displayed his enthusiasm for Nintendo and the Wii U. Spector said he thinks Nintendo has been written off too many times, and that if you’re underestimating Nintendo, you’re doing so at your own risk. Spector also said that he thinks the video game industry needs Nintendo, because it’s a company that is dedicated to making games.
“I’ve been pretty up front about my enthusiasm for Nintendo. I think we need a company that’s dedicated to games. Every time I visit Nintendo, I’m relieved to have spent time in a place where you can just feel how much everyone loves games. And, really, how many times have people written Nintendo off? I think you underestimate them at your peril.”
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.
The NPD Group has announced that Epic Mickey: The Power of Two sold 529,000 copies during November and December in the United States. Nintendo 3DS exclusive Epic Mickey: The Power of Illusion sales combined with Epic Mickey: The Power of Two reached 695,000 units sold in North America over the same period. We learned today that the studio behind the games, Junction Point, has closed down.
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.”
Junction Point, the development studio behind Wii exclusive Epic Mickey, is apparently set to close in seven days time. There’s no indication why the studio is closing down, but it’s thought that poor sales of Disney’s Epic Mickey: The Power of Two have something to do with it. Disney’s Epic Mickey: The Power of Two came out in November and only managed to sell 270,000 units in the United States.
Update: Disney Confirms Epic Mickey Developer Junction Point Studios’ Closure