Spector's Epic Mickey is a Wii game

Spector's Epic Mickey is a Wii game

Epic Mickey is the secret project of Deus Ex creator Warren Spector - but looks to be a Wii exclusive game.

Following on from the emergence of concept art rumoured to be from Deus Ex creator Warren Spector is the news that the still unannounced game may be a Wii exclusive.

Details are slim on the game and all anybody knows for sure is that it's being designed by Spector's Junction Point Studios under the codename Epic Mickey. Anything else is pure rumour.

The rumours are still pretty convincing though, with concept art emerging yesterday bearing the codename and showing a somewhat darker and more steampunk take on the Disney universe. One of the most popular rumours at the moment is that Epic Mickey will be a reimagined version of Disney's platforming classic Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse, complete with the robotic Goofy and post-apocalyptic Disneyland seen in recent concept art.

If the concept art is indeed linked to the project though then hardcore gamers shouldn't get too excited about the game coming to the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 or PC any time soon - a close look at the CV of one of the concept artists at Junction Point mentions Epic Mickey as a Wii game. A Wii exclusive, we imagine, as no other platforms are mentioned.

The reveal that Spector is taking his next project away from the hardcore PC audience isn't all that surprising though. Not only has Spector tried to distance himself from the upcoming Deus Ex 3, but he's also said that he believes that shorter and more accessible games are the future. He's also voiced the desire to make a game based on Disney cartoon characters as far back as 2006, in an interview with Edge.

"I'm just tired of making games about guys in black leather carrying guns," Spector said in an interview last year.

No guys in black leather? Damn. Well, we still want it on PC though, whatever it is. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.


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mjm25 30th July 2009, 12:40 Quote
Originally Posted by CardJoe
Wii exclusive.

Shadowed_fury 30th July 2009, 12:59 Quote
Originally Posted by mjm25

what he said.
was hoping for some fallout-esque kinda thing.
perplekks45 30th July 2009, 20:07 Quote
... he believes that shorter and more accessible games are the future.
Because they're cheaper and easier to produce PLUS you can cash in 2 to 6 times if you sell it as an "episode-based" game?

CardJoe 30th July 2009, 20:44 Quote
The reason he gave was more along the lines of how demoralising it is for a team to break their backs creating 50 hour extravaganzas with loads of different paths and redundant content...only to find that most people never even finish the games they start (regardless of which game it is) and that even hardcore fans continue to miss things that took hours to make.
perplekks45 30th July 2009, 21:00 Quote
If the game is good enough people will try finding everything.
There was a time when I knew every single secret room in Q2 and W3D. I think I finished Q2 roughly 50 times.
sixfootsideburns 31st July 2009, 03:34 Quote
Originally Posted by CardJoe
looks like it could be a Wii exclusive.

All I have to say is... DAMN STRAIGHT!

The Wii just needs time. In my humble mortal opinion... the Wii has more potential for fantastic gameplay than any other console on the market. 480i graphics might not be as ground breaking as the 360's 1080i but it still encourages a cartoonish, video game experience which is very enjoyable. Personally it brings me back to why I started playing console games to begin with. Because of the controls, the interaction, and the party environment of being able to play with friends, family, roommates, whatever, all in the same room on one machine.

The 360 pretty much took a computer and put it in a console box... big whoop-di freaken doo... Give me some time and I could do that myself and set up my OS to just boot a list of games with a controller/keyboard+mouse. I mean kudos to Microsoft because they did a bomb job with xbox, but truly I have never been that amazed. Gates is a damn good businessman, an extremely intelligent individual who made an EXCELLENT choice to purchase Bungie for the Xbox's flagship game (which is of course Halo). I'm sure people know that Halo was originally intended for PC, and for those who have never seen the gameplay concept video's before Microsoft bought them out and switched platforms I recommend you look them up. There was intended to be 3x as many guns, many many more vehicles, etc etc. But like I said... ultimately buying Bungie was a brilliant move, and it made the Xbox a success. The second big move was keeping the Bungie team on the project.

But I'm drifting... The point is, I, and many others I'm sure... have been waiting patiently since the Wii was released for some games that can hold the console to its full potential, and I still believe they will come, it is just a matter of time. And I can't imagine the gamer in me is going anywhere so waiting is not a problem :)

i'll get my coat...
perplekks45 31st July 2009, 09:18 Quote
The only problem is that next year the next Xbox might arrive and then Nintendo's Wii is not last-gen but stone-age-gen. Sure the controls are innovative [though badly flawed in some titles], for family games it is hard to beat [other than Sing Star and the likes] and the cartoon style goes well for many titles.

BUT the graphics aren't breathtaking, the games mostly dull or plain average, single player is [due to the aforementioned reasons] quite boring and real man's titles are rare.

It is very much a family console but given they had to admit having sold around 0.6 games/console in their first year you don't have to be a genius to know there is a lot of room for improvement. Whether there is time before the next next-gen console round only time will tell. Then again, it's quite cheap and the PS2 is still going from strength to strength even though it's ooooold.
sixfootsideburns 31st July 2009, 18:30 Quote
well hell. eventually of course it will end up being outdated but then again so is the N64 and truthfully I think that is one of the best consoles that ever hit the market. Some of the games that came out for it where just plain brilliant. And since its been outdated soooo many people have been continued to buy the console, the games, etc etc. simply because it has become so cheap. If Nintendo and affiliated companies who are producing games for the Wii simply are given some more time I truly believe that we will see some terrific and adventurous video game entertainment.

However I do agree with what you said Perplekks, it is a very family oriented console (which i was meant to be) however I don't believe that it HAS to be, there just hasn't been any solid options for anything else.

time will tell i suppose
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