E3 2008: Warren Spector partnering with Pixar

Junction Point head acknowledges collaborative efforts with Disney and its star subsidiary in latest blog entry, possibly portending new project.

During last year's E3 Media & Business Summit, Disney Interactive Studios announced it had bought Ion Storm founder Warren Spector's Junction Point Studios. Shortly after that news broke, the onetime Deus Ex developer expressed his desire to learn from the minds of his corporate coworkers at Pixar.

Nearly a year later, it appears as if Spector has been granted his wish. This weekend, the developer updated his personal blog with news about Junction Point's current project, for which he's collaborating with both Disney Feature Animation and Pixar. "If I say anymore, I'll get in trouble," Spector wrote, "so let's just leave it at that." However, Spector did note that he'd been gaming a fair bit recently as research for the project. He didn't say what he'd been playing specifically, explaining that it would give too much away about the project. That (not) said, the developer's comments are noteworthy, given Disney's recent moves into the gaming sector. In February, the Wall Street Journal reported that the multimedia conglomerate had reclaimed the game rights to the Toy Story films from longtime licensee THQ. Though never officially confirmed, the news came less than a year after Disney's CFO announced that his company was "ramping up [its] investment in video games" to "about…$350 million a year."
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21 comments
grambyte
grambyte

Me lub Pixar! That's all I got to say about this.

digitalheadbutt
digitalheadbutt

@DryvBy4Ever Everyone is entitled to their opinion, even when it moronic and ill-informed. You should do a little research before you open your mouth then then all of us Pixar-loving adult-children couldn't really give you crap for being a hater. Also I would love to see any rendering that you had done regardless of quality. That would at least show that your were more of an enthusiast with an opinion and less of a hater with no brain.

TwiztedMetal
TwiztedMetal

people seem to like the Pixar look anything made with that in mind is sure to be a decent seller

Foppe
Foppe

*waits for DryvBy4Ever's movies*

Cube_of_MooN
Cube_of_MooN

Hmmm... could mean a new game is coming.

Daeman_Uhr
Daeman_Uhr

It better be something about Deus Ex godamn him...

lowenergycycle
lowenergycycle

@DryvBy4Ever Pixar uses RenderMan (and the lesser known Marionette) to create their "crap" - which is software they FAMOUSLY developed in-house for such a purpose. This is common knowledge to anybody who works, or even has a passing interest, in the CGI industry. Still, since you're such an expert, why don't you put your money where your mouth is, dig out that pirated copy of Maya, and make us all a better film?

DryvBy4Ever
DryvBy4Ever

People still watch these crappy kids films? Pixar just uses Maya to create their crap. Easiest 3D art program in the world.

eddy96_1
eddy96_1

Im suprised that this hasnt happend before... Pixar=WIN

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I hope they make a good project from this partnership

Neosword
Neosword

I do like Pixar, I'll be interested to see what goes down with this.

jmangafan
jmangafan

The man behind Deus Ex teaming up with Pixar is like some strange and beautiful combination of awesome.

Smogtoe
Smogtoe

Pixar is cool...Spector can't go wrong with this move unless it's some cheesy game licensed after a movie...interesting to see what the collaboration results in.

Hungry_bunny
Hungry_bunny

VERY interesting. Sounds like an ambitious project.

carstairs
carstairs

This is interesting news...good news, too, I love Pixar.

Agreb91
Agreb91

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