The lights are on
Junction Point Studios, the developer behind the Epic Mickey franchise, has unfortunately closed, and Warren Spector shared some final words about the studio's legacy.
Over on Spector's Facebook page, he wrote up a heartfelt letter reflecting on his time working on Epic Mickey. You can read excerpts from the letter below:
"[Junction Point Studios] had a good eight year run. I got to work with some amazing people on some amazing projects. I've had some of the most magical times of my life, fulfilling several life-long dreams. I've gotten to know Disney fans and Disney cast members, gotten hands on with Disney's history, walked where Walt walked... "Magical" really is the only word."
"Whatever you think of me, or Junction Point, or Disney or the Disney Epic Mickey games - yes, I know we polarized people! - I'll always look back on the last eight years with nothing but pride. Rarely have I worked with a team more dedicated or harder working. Never have I been part of a game - of anything, really - that touched people at as deep or personal a level as the Epic Mickey games. That's priceless."
Spector also said that while he is excited about the future, he has no idea what is in store, so don't bother asking.
We recently had a chance to sit down with Spector for an episode of Replay where we checked out the game he will very likely be remembered for before Epic Mickey, Deus Ex. You can check out the video below.
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Sad story. Hopefully those who lost their jobs can rebound and hopefully Warren goes back to Deus Ex.
I may have more respect for Spector than most other people in the industry. He is a very ambitious and brilliant man that has made some fantastic games.
I wonder what he'll move on to. I'd like to see a new IP from him, maybe something in the same vein as Deus Ex.
I respect Warren Spector a lot, but I just didn't see his ingenuity and vision in either of the Epic Mickey games. I hope everybody at Junction Point finds work somewhere else, it's a pity nothing ever really worked out there.
Its sad, i liked epic mickey a lot.
So, will he go back to Deus Ex?
Man, that really sucks. He seemed like such a really cool dude on that Replay. This guy does have a reputation, so he will probably find a job soon. More worried about the rest of the team, though.
...and this, gents, is why I don't try to hold up even my favorite game designers on a pedestal.
bids farewell...in farewell letter. who missed the redundancy in the headline?
was leaving kinda like this? www.youtube.com/watch
Say what you want, but I've always liked Spector. He seems like a good guy who's really passionate about the games he makes, and he generally is pretty classy.
Good luck to him and all the other former employees at Junction Point. I rather liked the first Epic Mickey.
Between THQ going under and now Junction Point, this is not a good year for the gaming industry so far.
another overrated guy who couldnt even make a mickey mouse game fun...you are just paying for your lack of polish or bad game making, in this case
aw. goodluck to him and the rest of the crew.
'Till we meet again Junction Point!
Good luck to all the people from Junction Point. I quite enjoyed your Epic Mickey game. A lot. I fanboyed quite a bit when seeing Oswald and other Mickey Mouse memorabilia.