Warren Spector’s Junction Point Studios closes after disappointing sales for Epic Mickey 2.
Mickey Mouse may not be destined for video game heroism after all. Walt Disney has confirmed that it has laid off hundreds of people in its game development studios as it moves from console games to casual titles.
Warren Spector describes himself as one of Mickey Mouse’s biggest fans. He has a lot of company, too, and therein lies the potential for Spector’s new video game, Disney Epic Mickey. Launching today, the game is an ambitious title for the Nintendo Wii that has been almost five years in the making. The goal is to make Mickey Mouse as big a star in video games as he is in other media.
Nintendo sold 1.5 million Wii console and DS handheld video-game systems during Black Friday week, according to the Japanese company.
We’ve unveiled VentureBeat’s picks for the 10 best video games of the holiday season. And this year’s picks really show how much the $20 million U.S. gaming market has changed in the past year. The growing influence of social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and mobile gaming experiences such as the iPhone are clear to see. These games have great single-player experiences, but many of them also have excellent social sharing and multiplayer experiences too, a factor that’s becoming increasingly important in this market.