Junction Point Studios, the 8-year-old developer behind the Epic Mickey titles, has been closed by owner Disney. This follows the release of Disney Epic Mickey 2, which came out in November of 2012 and has been a critical and commercial failure. In its first month of launch, US sales of the game were around the 270,000 mark – well below the 1.3 million the original Epic Mickey enjoyed in its first month available in the country.
Studio cofounder and games design veteran Warren Spector has reportedly left his position at Disney, and with a history marked by developing the Thief and Deus Ex franchises, rumours are already flying as to his next move. For his part, the only announcement made has been a tribute to the studio he helped create:
“JPS had a good eight year run. I got to work with some amazing people on some amazing projects. I’ve had some of the most magical times of my life, fulfilling several life-long dreams. I’ve gotten to know Disney fans and Disney cast members, gotten hands on with Disney’s history, walked where Walt walked… ‘Magical’ really is the only word.“