Epic Mickey 2 a Multi-Platform Release This Fall
Warren Spector really is back at it again, and he’s going to bring all the magic of Mickey’s epic adventure onto the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this time as well. First outed by Nintendo’s French Twitter account, Disney’s Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two has been officially announced.
In the follow-up sequel to 2010′s Epic Mickey, players will again retain control of Mickey Mouse. But the power of two wouldn’t really work if you only had control over one character, and Spector has said that players will also gain control of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, which was Walt Disney’s very first cartoon star.
“As a life-long Disney fan, working with Mickey Mouse in the original ‘Disney Epic Mickey‘ was a truly humbling experience,” said Spector. “Millions of fans fell in love with Mickey as a video game hero and I know they’ll experience similar emotions when they get to interact with and actually play as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit in ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two‘.”
Disney Interactive’s game studio, Junction Point, will be handling the title. Warren Spector currently serves as the studio’s creative director and vice president. Epic Mickey 2 will take place in Wasteland, where Mickey and Oswald will explore an alternate world that’s populated by 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions. It’s starting to sound like Kingdom Hearts on a bend, but it aims to be much more engaging.
Along with the new co-op play and Oswald’s ability to control electricity, Epic Mickey 2 aims to emphasize the idea of “PlayStyle Matter” — Warren Spector’s idea where players will approach challenges in order to explore every aspect of the multitude of storylines, but at the same time will suffer consequences for their chosen actions, be they good or bad.
“In the first Disney Epic Mickey title, fans embraced Mickey as a true video game hero and welcomed Oswald back into the Disney family with open arms,” said John Pleasants, co-president of the Disney Interactive Media Group. “Now, as the vision for the ‘Disney Epic Mickey‘ franchise advances, fans and gamers across all platforms will experience completely new ways to embrace the immeasurable vault of Disney characters and attractions.”
True Disney fans won’t be disappointed. Along with nods to all of Disney’s iconical creations, the game will also be very much like a musical. Remember Disney movies of old? Breaking out into song was just as natural as walking down the street, and gamers shouldn’t be surprised when characters advance plotlines with a silly song and dance number. With all-original music and lyrics, we might just have to play through Epic Mickey 2 to recapture Disney’s olden days of glory.
Want to see Mickey and Oswald in action? Check out the announcement trailer:
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is set to release on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and Wii on September 2012.