Epic Mickey returns this fall?

Purported update from Disney's official fan site apparently indicates wand-wielding rodent conjuring new co-op game on 360, PS3, Wii.

Source: See below.

What we heard: Disney Interactive Studios' Epic Mickey fell short with critics upon its release for the Wii in 2010. Still, the game went on to sell more than 1.3 million units within its first month, and where there are sales, there are sequels.

Mickey may scurry out of the standard-def hole this year.

First, the information. Epic Mickey 2 is reportedly in development for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii, with a targeted release date of fall 2012.

Straightforward enough, right? Unfortunately, it's not that easy, as the source of this information takes as many turns as a Main Street electrical parade. The information entered the news cycle via GameStop-owned Game Informer, which spotted an article that appeared on Disney enthusiast website StitchKingdom.com.

Though Stitch Kingdom's original report has since been pulled, a Google cache-captured version indicates that the information comes via D23, the official Disney Club fan site. However, if the pointed-to article on D23 did indeed have word on Epic Mickey 2, it has since been scrubbed clean. Conveniently, Stitch Kingdom did copy and paste the purported text of the D23 article.

Disney Epic Mickey 2 is the latest game in the critically acclaimed Disney Epic Mickey videogame series. In this all-new action-platforming game available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii, Mickey embarks on an epic journey and is pulled back into a world filled with Disney’s forgotten characters. Players can choose to play single-player as Mickey or for the first time players can also choose 2-player split screen mode.

In the 2 player mode one person can play as Mickey wielding magic paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world and the second player can play as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit – Walt Disney’s first cartoon star – with the power to fly like a helicopter and use electricity to fight or friend enemies and solve challenges. Team-up and choose your path to save this forgotten world because the choices you make will alter the story and change the end of the game!"

The text did not indicate whether Warren Spector's Junction Point Studios will again be crafting the warped world of Mickey's darker side. Spector is best known for his work bringing the acclaimed Deus Ex franchise to market.

The official story: Disney Interactive Studios had not returned a request for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus: Looking not bogus. Epic Mickey introduced a fresh take on Disney's octogenarian icon, one that consumers showed an interest in. And though the original relied heavily on the Wii Remote for its defining brush mechanic, both Microsoft and Sony have since introduced their own motion control schemes that could cater to Mickey's magic.

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37 comments
kreegan64
kreegan64

Just got the first one for my birth day two days ago, just in time, huh?

FNogueira
FNogueira

the first Epic Mickey was so underated, if the second come out I hope it have great reviews

madsnakehhh
madsnakehhh

Still need to pick the first one and i'm planning to do it in the next months, but yeah, i like the concept and hopefully a new game will be an improvement on every way.

jarofdirt882
jarofdirt882

Well if its come from Stitch Kingdom, then it very likely (almost certain) to be good info. SK do a good job of putting out disney info thats been removed (like this was frm d23) or not publicly announced. Not seen them get a thing wrong yet. Got high hopes for this.... so long as the camera is fixed and it stays multi-platform!

Gigawattblade
Gigawattblade

If this is real, then I really hope Chernabog will be the main villain.

Agent-M
Agent-M

Forget Mickey Mouse, how about we finally get a proper TMNT game? I think this will never happen unless I become a dev and make it myself.

cachinscythe
cachinscythe

(continued) -try to inject a little more "Disney" into the proceedings by incorporating Disney characters into the plot more thoroughly, plus include more of them like Pluto, Minnie, etc.; what incentive do I have to repair Goofy or Donald if afterwards they're not going to serve a bigger purpose in the story besides providing brief fetch quests? -fix the bugs; not just the camera (I was able to get around the camera problems most of the time), but also glitches like the one where you can use Hilda's axe to access an area after you've already given it back to her and therefore don't HAVE it Whaddya think everyone? Did I miss anything? :)

cachinscythe
cachinscythe

Here's what I'd like to see in a sequel to Epic Mickey: -less linearity, especially restricting players to only a single visit to most of the locations -a bigger sense that we can impact the world by allowing us to create and thin more things, plus more consistency (i.e. no more painting things in, leaving the area, and then coming back to find what we painted in reverted to its original state) -bring the Scrapper back into the picture; I can see why Specter went with little wisps instead, but I like the idea of the Scrapper better -provide more collectibles, or at least more incentive to find the collectibles, as the pins served no purpose whatsoever, and give bigger incentives for extra playthroughs (It was possible to collect most of the pins and film reels in a single run-through, meaning you had to play the entire game a second and third time just to get a couple small items. To me, that's a waste of time.) -for New Game+, let us carry over our power-ups; it was very aggravating to discover that I lost my large Paint capacity, extra health pips, and bigger wallet when I tried to play a second time, and even MORE aggravating to discover that I couldn't regain what I'd lost because my collectibles carried over -make the game a little scarier and harder (especially the final boss fight, which was way too easy) (TBC)

Franzkill
Franzkill

A sequel to Epic Mickey DOES have potential but my god they really need to work on the camera issues from the first game.

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

Wasn't a big fan of Mickey, until I saw him in action in the Kingdom Hearts series. I want THAT Mickey to appear in his own game. Still, I wasn't terribly impressed with Epic Mickey, but then again, my Wii hasn't seen much use outside of party sessions of Mario Kart, Super Smash Bros., and recently, Kirby's Return to Dreamland.

krelmmaster
krelmmaster

They could just not bother with motion controls and focus on making a good game.

armouredpriest
armouredpriest

Holy ****! I had no idea this game did that well (being a Wii exclusive and all). I'm pleased, as I actually rather liked the game. Yeah, this game should have been a multi-plat game. Good to hear that the sequel will be.

SicklySunStorm
SicklySunStorm

@Megavideogamer - your statement made no sense. You questioned why this would be on Kinect, but then heartily recommended that the PS3 and 360 versions would be the best way to go.... a little confused somewhat? I'm hoping this does make it to the other platforms, as I can't be bothered buying a Wii just to experience the Mickey games.... that said, when the Wii-U comes out, I'll be able to pick up a Wii for peanuts, so all good. Either way, I love Mickey games and am looking forward to getting to play these finally.

jasongm
jasongm

Great news for Disney fans!

CTR360
CTR360

great news i cant wait

Wormkid_64
Wormkid_64

Well,I was thinking about getting the first one because it was a cool idea,and I liked seeing Mickey brought back from the rodent version of Barney the dinosaur he's been made into. But they kinda flopped on development. If this isn't bogus,and if they fix all the design flaws in the first,like the messed up camera and such,I'm likely to get it. I want to experience Mickey again.

areszues92
areszues92

hey mickey's mickey, he's not a degrading rodent..

Megavideogamer
Megavideogamer

This would play well on PS3 and the Wii, But kinect? Air painting with 2 people. Disney Interac studios are wise to release this on the Xbox 360/PS3

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

@ Fritzzland Most likely in a vault with Half Life: Episode 3.

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

@XanderZane Agreed! But,hey,I just mentioned KH because I think is worth than this one

Fritzzland
Fritzzland

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PixelAddict
PixelAddict

Epic Mickey was a fantastic idea for a game, but the actual realization of that idea was broken in parts. Hope they do a better job on the QA end next time. Could be great.

XanderZane
XanderZane

Fritzzland Now where's Kingdom Hearts 3? ***************************************************** That's made by SquareEnix. You'll have to ask them about that. I liked the older Disney games on the Genesis. Aladdin, Lion King, Mickey Magical Quest and World of Illusion totally destroy Epic Mickey. [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASc3Pm16m6Q[/url] I think Disney forgot what worked previously.

pszone
pszone

Well what dumb move disney first you let go some pp who got sack over the first game. Know you doing the 2nd game for other consles even through not going to work disney you havent learn from your mistakes. Disney if you want real money go ask sqareenix for kingdom hearts 3 and ya i hd collection of Hingdom hearts since me and lot pp waiting forever. Disney fix your game campany.

franzito
franzito

Mickey's magic is fading to me...

franzito
franzito

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XboxGuy1537
XboxGuy1537

The problem with the first one was the awful camera angles and repetive, bland combat. Fix these two elements and make the game with more variety and we've got a winner.

JoSilver
JoSilver

Epic Mickey was an awesome game! It's Camera... was not... :\

superbuuman
superbuuman

should really make one for Wii Ultra instead..first game was good.

coop36
coop36

Good this series deserves attention. Fix the camera and combat a bit and it will be even better.

godzillavskong
godzillavskong

I still haven't purchased the first one, although it does look like a good Wii game. It was on my radar, but there were too many good games releasing , so I had to put it on the back-burner. I'll probably get it after I get DKC and the new Zelda game, then the sequel if it releases.

PumpkinBoogie
PumpkinBoogie

Hmm, sure seems to be boarding on the 'no bogus' to me too, seems as though too many sources have been mysteriously covered up/scrubbed clean too quick for it to not be true. Either way, I'd most definitely be interested in seeing a sequel, too. I've always been interested in playing Epic Mickey--though sadly I don't own a Wii. Hopefully if they do release a sequel maybe they give PS3/360 owners a downloadable/free copy of Epic Mickey along w/ it.

ariamunchkin
ariamunchkin

The only problem Epic Mickey had was in the gameplay itself, the story and art of the game were both great. If they can clean up some of the problems with the controls and expand the world a bit, I think a second game would be fantastic. Interested to see how it would fare on other platforms.

Axel450
Axel450

First one wasnt bad. Maybe a 3DS version with Phantom Hourglass type gameplay?

cnc_theft_auto
cnc_theft_auto

not much to go on, but I'd say its real...If the developer is refusing to comment, it usually means they're hiding something, i.e., a new game release.

IceJester45
IceJester45

I hope this is true. I didn't enjoy Epic Mickey very much, but I'd be willing a sequel a chance.