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Epic Mickey 2 would need co-op and voice acting - Warren Spector

He'd also like to improve the camera

Disney has yet to officially announce Epic Mickey 2 but before Warren Spector reveals his new epic project next week, the Junction Point studio chief has been discussing the improvements he would introduce if we were to make Epic Mickey 2.

If indeed Spector's epic new project is Epic Mickey 2, he wants full voice acting, co-op gameplay and an improved camera.

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"If I were to do it again, there are clearly things that we had to cut and things we could have done better," Spector told Games Industry International.

He also hinted that Epic Mickey 2 wouldn't be a Wii exclusive. "The number one thing I get asked is: "Why can't I play this on my platform, damn it?" So if I were to do another one - now that we've reintroduced Mickey as a video game hero on the right platform, which was the Wii - I think we've got other people intrigued. There are now more PS3s and 360s in sort of "family hands," let's put it that way. So I think the time would be right to get the game on other platforms.

Co-op is another fan demand. "The second thing I get asked is "you made a game that appeals to adults and kids equally," which is true by the way and was one of our goals, so "Why can't I play together? Why can't I play with my son and why can't I play with my mother? Why I can't play with my friends?" So, I would probably do co-op."

Spector also acknowledged that some fans had issues with the camera - a point we raised in our Epic Mickey review. "I would definitely address player concerns about the camera. That was the number one complaint we heard, but I will defend to the death the quality of the work my camera team did on that first game. The camera in the first game was an amazing piece of work that people don't appreciate. We took the hardest problem in gaming and then made it even harder through our game mechanics - which people don't get - but we know we could do better.

"And so I would do that and I would do full voice. I mean I made a decision on the first game not to have characters speak. It was a mistake and I would fix that."

Would these improvements make you want to buy Epic Mickey 2?

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  1. callum2003 Monday 19th Mar 2012 at 11:04

    woo first comment!

  2. Shinnos Monday 19th Mar 2012 at 12:14

    I have to say, part of what put me off playing the first Epic Mickey game was Warren Spector himself! The way he talked up the game in interviews and stuff before it was released he made it sound like the most amazing and innovative game EVER, and it could never meet up to the hype. And then when the reviews came out and he started commenting that people that didn't think it was excellent just didn't understand it, I just thought, this guy's a bit of a jerk. And he's still on about how people "didn't appreciate" the amazing piece of work that was the camera in the first game. Let it go Warren!

    I did play Epic Mickey (I'm not going to comment on a game I haven't actually played), and I just didn't find it fun to play, and after a few hours in realised that i was mostly just playing it to get through to the end, not out of any real sense of enjoyment. I liked the style of the platforming levels based around old cartoons, but would have liked them to be a bit more complex, and hated having to go back through them again each time you wanted to travel back to a previous part of the game.

    My main concern about Epic Mickey 2 is that Warren Spector seems to be hiding his head in the sand with regards to the problems with the first Epic Mickey game. But what do I know. I obviously just don't appreciate what he's doing...

  3. TheAPERSON Monday 19th Mar 2012 at 12:39

    Warren Spector, all talk, no action. The camera won't be improved, definately.

  4. callum2003 Monday 19th Mar 2012 at 12:42

    I have to say, part of what put me off playing the first Epic Mickey game was Warren Spector himself! The way he talked up the game in interviews and stuff before it was released he made it sound like the most amazing and innovative game EVER, and it could never meet up to the hype. And then when the reviews came out and he started commenting that people that didn't think it was excellent just didn't understand it, I just thought, this guy's a bit of a jerk. And he's still on about how people "didn't appreciate" the amazing piece of work that was the camera in the first game. Let it go Warren!

    I did play Epic Mickey (I'm not going to comment on a game I haven't actually played), and I just didn't find it fun to play, and after a few hours in realised that i was mostly just playing it to get through to the end, not out of any real sense of enjoyment. I liked the style of the platforming levels based around old cartoons, but would have liked them to be a bit more complex, and hated having to go back through them again each time you wanted to travel back to a previous part of the game.

    My main concern about Epic Mickey 2 is that Warren Spector seems to be hiding his head in the sand with regards to the problems with the first Epic Mickey game. But what do I know. I obviously just don't appreciate what he's doing...

    That is one of the best and highly detailed comments ever!

  5. MicroLovePony Monday 19th Mar 2012 at 13:32

    Wow these guys are saying that Disney have over 700 people working on the next Epic Mickey game. That's insane! Even huge releases like Assassin's Creed 3 and Resident Evil 6 have less than that.

    I hope that the camera does get fixed as I really enjoyed the first one. It had plenty of potential and really tapped into the Disney fan within me. Loved seeing Space Mountain.

    http://blog.fancensus.com/?p=2319

  6. imbusydoctorwho Monday 19th Mar 2012 at 13:41

    Lets hope Epic Mickey 2 is in the works.

  7. Riccardo Monday 19th Mar 2012 at 16:14

    I have to say, part of what put me off playing the first Epic Mickey game was Warren Spector himself! The way he talked up the game in interviews and stuff before it was released he made it sound like the most amazing and innovative game EVER, and it could never meet up to the hype. And then when the reviews came out and he started commenting that people that didn't think it was excellent just didn't understand it, I just thought, this guy's a bit of a jerk. And he's still on about how people "didn't appreciate" the amazing piece of work that was the camera in the first game. Let it go Warren!

    I did play Epic Mickey (I'm not going to comment on a game I haven't actually played), and I just didn't find it fun to play, and after a few hours in realised that i was mostly just playing it to get through to the end, not out of any real sense of enjoyment. I liked the style of the platforming levels based around old cartoons, but would have liked them to be a bit more complex, and hated having to go back through them again each time you wanted to travel back to a previous part of the game.

    My main concern about Epic Mickey 2 is that Warren Spector seems to be hiding his head in the sand with regards to the problems with the first Epic Mickey game. But what do I know. I obviously just don't appreciate what he's doing...

    That is one of the best and highly detailed comments ever!

    ^^Agreed.

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