Disney announced yesterday that it had closed down its Epic Mickey development house Junction Point Studios. Studio chief Warren Spector had been silent to that point other than a vague post on LinkedIn that he was unemployed. But Spector has finally spoken up via Facebook, saying that he still has plans for the future.
“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,” he said in his post. “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.
I said to myself as Junction Point embarked on the Epic Mickey journey that, worst case, we’d be ‘a footnote in Disney history,’” he continued. “Looking back on it, I think we did far better than that. With Mickey Mouse as our hero, we introduced a mainstream audience to some cool ‘core game’ concepts… and, most especially, we restored Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to a place of prominence.”
The post thanks Disney and his hardworking team, and mentions that he’s still not sure what he will do next, but says he is “excited for the future.” When Spector left Ion Storm in 2004, he founded Junction Point the following year, so it it is unlikely that he will stay idle for too long.
Epic Mickey’s Spector ‘excited for the future’