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E3 '07: Spector goes to Disney Land

Buena Vista Games owner acquires ex-Ion Storm founder's Junction Point Studios.


SANTA CLARA, Calif.--When Warren Spector last teased the much-anticipated first game from Junction Point Studios, the Deus Ex creator said, "When we DO announce what we're doing, half the world's going to think we're crazy and half the world's going to think it's the coolest thing since sliced bread."

While the game is still being kept under wraps, there is some cool, non-bread-related news about Junction Point. Today, Disney Interactive Studios announced that it has acquired Spector's studio for an undisclosed sum. Junction Point will create original game properties as well as bring classic Disney franchises to next-gen platforms. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Best known for his work on the Deus Ex and Thief games at Austin-based Ion Storm, Spector has been tight-lipped on the details of his current project since founding Junction Point in 2005.

Junction Point is the fifth studio Disney Interactive has added to its stable in recent years. In April 2005, the publisher acquired Tak and the Power of Juju developer Avalanche Software. The following month, Turok developer Propaganda Games was brought on board. In 2006, the publisher picked up ATV Offroad Fury Pro developer Climax Racing, and then two months later established Fall Line Studios, set to focus exclusively on Wii and Nintendo DS development.

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