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Spector: I know we polarised people

Warren Spector's eulogy for Junction Point

Following confirmation yesterday that the Epic Mickey studio Junction Point is closing, Warren Spector took to Facebook to share his thoughts on the news.

"Whatever you think of me, or Junction Point, or Disney or the Disney Epic Mickey games - yes, I know we polarised people! - I'll always look back on the last eight years with nothing but pride," he said in an open letter to fans.

"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."

"With Mickey Mouse as our hero, we introduced a mainstream audience to some cool 'core game' concepts"

The studio's most recent game was Disney Epic Mickey 2, which was both a critical and commercial disappointment despite its 700 strong development team.

Spector also used the letter to thank the Junction Point team for their hard work, as well as Disney and Pixar for their support.

"I said to myself as Junction Point embarked on the Epic Mickey journey that, worst case, we'd be 'a footnote in Disney history.' 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."

Disney has confirmed that Spector won't be staying with the company, while Spector stated he hadn't yet decided on his next career move.

"I honestly don't know what that will be yet, so don't ask."

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Latest comments (12)

Dave Herod Senior Programmer, Codemasters3 years ago
Something similar to Deus Ex, System Shock or Thief, please. :)
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John Bye Lead Designer, Future Games of London3 years ago
"700 strong development team"
Jesus Christ, how much money did they throw at that game? Surely Epic Mickey 2 has to be a flop on the scale of Disney's recent John Carter movie (which is estimated to have lost $200m) if that's true. What were they thinking?
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 3 years ago
700 people developing the game? Thats just crazy. I mean, with a team like that, the game should have been way more better in terms of technological feats and graphics. The game wasnt bad. I just think they rushed it.
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Renaud Charpentier Game Director, The Creative Assembly3 years ago
Mmm, 700 is either a typo for 70 or it is counting the very last language QA tester who worked on it for 2 weeks and Disney CEO too. There is not a single 700 men dev team on earth. May be 200-300 max on a monster project like GTA 5, but that's it.
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Sebastian Moss Editor -in- Chief, PlayStation LifeStyle3 years ago
700 strong? Not even sure how that number has been arrived at - they had 160 employees in 2012 (still a surprisingly large amount).

700 would be insane.
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Caleb Hale Journalist 3 years ago
I'm not sure how Epic Mickey "polarized" people, but I've always though the title was somewhat of a misnomer.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 3 years ago
Dont get me wrong I really like both Epic Micky games. I just think they shot their expectations too high for the second game.
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Can we get some confirmation of that 700 number? Because that's insane.
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Roberto Bruno Curious Person 3 years ago
@Dave Herod: yes, please. I would kill for those or for another spiritual successor to Ultima Underworld.

That said, it's not going to happen. Warren Spector, like Richard garriot, dropped the ball about ambitious game design years ago.
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Florian Dhesse Creative Diretor, Kabam3 years ago
@Sebastian
700 certainly includes the outsourcing teams
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 3 years ago
Well, if you happen to have a copy of DEM2: pop it in and watch the credits. They do go on forever (and do include a lot of folks in localization, as there are a lot of language options in the game and QA). So, I guess that number includes people who may not have been "directly" involved in programming, art or music, but more than likely got paid for doing something Epic related...
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Cameron Lourenco Studying Business Managemant, Conestoga College3 years ago
We have that, it's called Dishonored and it's brilliant!
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