In a time where studios and publishers seem to be closing left and right, the industry is unfortunately losing yet another developer: Junction Point Studios, the creators behind the Epic Mickey series.
According to Polygon, Disney Interactive released this statement:
“It was with much sadness that we informed our teams today of changes to our Games organization, which include the closure of Junction Point Studios… These changes are part of our ongoing effort to address the fast-evolving gaming platforms and marketplace and to align resources against our key priorities. We’re extremely grateful to Warren Spector and the Junction Point team for their creative contributions to Disney with Disney Epic Mickey and Disney Epic Mickey 2.”
The Disney-owned Austin, Tex-based studio employed about 160 people early last year, all of which seemed to have been laid off after the studio closed. Warren Spector, who was the VP at Disney Interactive and co-founded the studio that went on to create Epic Mickey for the Wii in 2010 and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U and PC last year, is also no longer employed with Disney. His LinkedIn profile has one status update:
“Wondering what comes next?… Want to talk?”
It’s sad to see yet another studio close, especially one that Warren obviously had so many plans for. While covering tons of news regarding Epic Mickey 2 this last year, we’ve had time to speak with Spector himself and cover his thoughts on the future of gaming. It’s quite clear he thought a lot of dual screen gaming and had a lot of ideas for the future of Disney’s games.
We here at DualShockers hope that both the Junction Point staff and Warren Spector find homes in new publishers and studios and get to put some of those big ideas to work.
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