Disney said today that it will close Junction Point, the Austin, Texas, game development studio behind the ‘Epic Mickey’ series, terminating all employees including Vice President and studio head, Warren Spector.
In an e-mail statement, Disney announced, “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.”
Spector and Art Min founded the Junction point in 2004, and Disney acquired the studio in 2007 before it had released any titles.
Sales of last year’s Epic Mickey 2 may play a part in Disney’s decision to close the studio. The Los Angeles Times reported that, although the Epic Mickey sales data has not been released publicly, ” the multi-platform action game only sold a total of 270,000 copies in 2012.”
Another part of Disney’s decision to close Junction Point is its effort to downsize and place a sharper focus on its structure and organization to create stronger digital content.
A large element of Disney’s gaming business shift will be its Disney Infinity initiative, which the company has announced will launch worldwide in June. Disney believes its sharper digital focus will pay off in this new effort because Disney Infinity is more than a game or title; it’s a whole platform.
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