Pete's Dragon wrote:Ok, officially weird. It looks like what would ahppen if Sid from Toy Story was given a job as an Imagineer. Some of those vehicles lok like they've come striaght from underneath his bed
Internet Detectives have sniffed out a few leads on the next project from legendary game designer Warren Spector, and following those has unraveled a huge stack of concept artwork for a Wii game in collaboration with Disney that’s been dubbed “Epic Mickey.”
The designer responsible for the prescient first-person RPGs System Shock and Deus Ex now heads his own studio, Junction Point, in Austin, TX. Spector sold the studio to Disney in 2007 and stated in interviews that he was designing the kind of project that was only possible by working for the Mickey Mouse House.
Sure enough, concept art floating around the Internet looks like Junction Point is working on a game starring the iconic character. What’s more, artist portfolios referring to a code name of “Epic Mickey” corroborate a report from game site Gamasutra that surfaced last year and described the game as “steampunk.”
The concept images that have hit the Web show famous Disney characters, retro-future steam-powered machinery, and epic qualities all at once. Check out the render above: it’s all of Disney World’s famous EPCOT Center, albeit broken, floating on a steam ship, with nothing more than a pair of famous round ears at the bow. Other sketches show apocalyptic wastelands shaped out of riveted metal, a twisted Goofy figure with tattered clothes and empty eye sockets, and the famous Disney castle stuck atop a precipitous spire.
As many gamers would surmise from a game featuring Disney characters front and center, “Epic Mickey” may be headed for the Wii. Artist Tony Pulham lists the game on his online resume as in development for Nintendo’s remote-waggling wonder box and makes no mention of any other platform.
Last year, Gamasutra declared “Epic Mickey” to be a platformer. While there has yet to be any corroboration of that claim, the rest of that site’s report has held up through the revelation of these concept art galleries.
Upon selling his studio to Disney, Spector joked that his fans would label him a “sell-out” once his game was revealed to the public. But with artwork this unconventional, such a derogatory word may be the last thing on gamers’ minds once the covers come all the way off “Epic Mickey.”
-breeno- wrote:Looks very odd indeed. Kinda reminds me of Terminator Salvation, especially with the weird vehicles.
Any idea what the plot of this will be about? Or even what type of game this is? Or will it be yet another Disney Wii exclusive? (honestly it's annoying me now, not as much Disney but Nintendo, they've lost their way and forgot about the hardcore gamer which help make them famous. All they care about now is family games)
US, October 28, 2009 - Disney Interactive Studios today officially unveiled Epic Mickey, a new adventure title staring Mickey Mouse launching exclusively for the Nintendo Wii in fall 2010.
Development is being handled by Junction Point, a Texas-based studio headed by famed game designer Warren Spector. Spector says Epic Mickey will be an "edgy and unexpected" cartoon adventure.
"Mickey is an adventurous and rambunctious mouse," said Spector. "I want to bring his personality to the forefront, place him in a daunting world and connect his spirited character with video game players worldwide. Ultimately, each player decides for him or herself what makes Mickey cool."
The story centers on rival Oswald the Lucky Rabbit - Walt Disney's first cartoon character in 1927 - and his struggles with Mickey's growing popularity. Oswald becomes the first inhabitant of the Cartoon Wasteland, a twisted world created by sorcerer Yen Sid for retired Disney characters. Mickey stumbles upon the Cartoon Wasteland and inadvertently destroys Oswald's world, and is now forced to face his greatest adversaries.
"Having Warren combine creativity and innovation with one of the world's most famous characters takes Mickey back to his creative roots and allows fans to deepen their engagement with him as a character - especially in video games," said Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager of Disney Interactive Studios. "In addition to Warren's lifelong love of cartoons, films and comics, his visionary approach to game design and storytelling will make certain that this heroic tale of discovery and redemption resonates with Disney fans and gamers alike."
For Epic Mickey's paint brush controls, players will swing the Wii Remote using paint and thinner to "re-shape the world around them," which includes dynamically changing its environments, interacting with other characters, and Mickey's appearance and abilities.
"The core of this game is the idea of choice and consequence, and how that defines both the character and the player," says Spector. "By putting the mischievous Mickey in an unfamiliar place and asking him to make choices - to help other cartoon characters or choose his own path - the game forces players to deal with the consequences of their actions. Ultimately, players must ask themselves, 'What kind of hero am I?' Each player will come up with a different answer."
Disney Interactive Studios today officially unveiled Epic Mickey, a new adventure title staring Mickey Mouse launching exclusively for the Nintendo Wii in fall 2010.
-breeno- wrote:Disney Interactive Studios today officially unveiled Epic Mickey, a new adventure title staring Mickey Mouse launching exclusively for the Nintendo Wii in fall 2010.
I have now lost all interest in this game (also look at the picture, Wii once again showing it's not fit to call itself a "next-gen" console).
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