Disney confirmed in a press release sent out this morning that Junction Point, developers of Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, are no more.
Junction Point, developers of Epic Mickey and Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two have been closed down. This was following rumors yesterday that the studio had been given a two month leave, following the release of their latest title in the Epic Mickey franchise. Disney Interactive, their parent company, confirmed their closure in a press release sent to the wire early this morning:
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.
This, of course, follows the revelation that the sales of Epic Mickey 2 were significantly lower than the original, reportedly only selling a meager 529,000 copies between November 2012 towards the end of 2012. The Epic Mickey titles were supposed to usher in the return of Oswald The Lucky Rabbit to the Disney brand, introducing him to a wider audience through the help of the Epic Mickey franchise. Unfortunately, the games were met with middling reviews and skeptical fan reaction which forced Disney to shut down said studio.
When reached for additional comments, Disney only replied that the studio closure is part of an ongoing effort to address the fast-evolving gaming platforms and marketplace.