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Disney Closes Epic Mickey Developer Junction Point

/ Jan 30th, 2013 1 Comment

Junction Point

Junction Point is no more.

In yet another sad turn of events, Disney has officially announced the closing of video game developer Junction Point. After nearly 20 years in the industry, the Austin-based developer is finally closing its doors for the last time.

Junction Point has been responsible for numerous Disney projects, including Epic Mickey and its sequel Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two. The original sold 1.3 million in its launch window while the latter sold a much less impressive 270,000, which may have very well acted as the final nail in the coffin.

[adsense250itp]While employees have officially been informed of the closure this morning, rumors had been swirling after fellow Austin-based developer Roberts Space Industries announced the closure in a tweet yesterday. The tweet has since been removed but employees who saw the message while it was still up found out they were losing their jobs through a random tweet on Twitter…not the best way to hear the bad news. The news also spread to various media outlets.

The shutting down of Junction Point is part of Disney’s consolidation of its studios to focus more on digital and mobile titles. Disney will reportedly no longer be dealing with boxed retail titles, obviously excluding the newly announced Disney Infinity project. Disney CEO Robert Iger has reported the company will also be focusing more on licensing rather than publishing from here on out.

Epic Mickey 2

Epic Mickey 2

It is no secret that the past year or so has been troubling for video game developers. Studios across the world have been closing left and right. Everyone from Lightbox to Zynga has been feeling the heat of the economy. While Zynga is still standing, it has faced some serious changes and was almost another memory in the video game industry graveyard. THQ’s recent bankruptcy led to the cancellation of several projects and the delay of many others. The company was dissolved last week and its assets were sold off to the highest bidders. Video game developer Vigil Games was put to rest most recently during that whole ordeal.

Junction Point was founded in 1995 by developer veterans Warren Spector and Art Min and was later acquired by Disney in 2007. Spector will no longer be affiliated with Disney. Yet another unfortunate end to a well respected video game developer.

Travis Shuman

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  • David

    My two nephews absolutely loved Epic Mickey 2 so this comes at a great loss. They may be 8 and 4 at the moment but it’s their very favorite and I just got back from GameStop with the limited edition strategy guide and the paintbrush nunchuk for them.

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