Epic Mickey studio Junction Point closed

Disney confirms Warren Spector dev shut to focus on "key priorities"

Junction Point, the studio founded by Warren Spector and developer of the Epic Mickey games, has been closed.


Parent company Disney confirmed the news in a statement today, claiming the decision was made in order to "align resources against our key priorities"

It said: "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 Austin, Texas-based studio was formed in 2005 by Deus Ex creator Spector and other former employees of failed developer Ion Storm.

In 2007, Disney Interactive Studios acquired Junction Point, eventually releasing its first title Epic Mickey in November 2010.

The Wii exclusive, a mix of platforming and RPG, received mixed reviews but still managed to sell a modest 1.3 million copies in its opening month in the US - enough to grant a sequel.

Despite adopting a multiplatform model though, last year's Epic Mickey 2 was said to have managed just 270,000 copies during the comparable time period in the US.