Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two due this fall
Junction Point and Warren Spector developing sequel for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii with co-op, full voice acting, and focus on music.
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Mickey Mouse is gearing up for another adventure. In an interview with the Associated Press, Junction Point co-founder Warren Spector revealed Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii.
Due out this fall, the game will boast drop-in, drop-out cooperative play with Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald will be AI-controlled when another human player isn't available.
Another new design choice for Epic Mickey 2 is full voice acting. Frank Welker (Abu from Aladdin) is slated to play Oswald, with other cast members also featuring human voices.
In addition to voice acting, Epic Mickey 2 will focus on music so much so that it will be a musical. "I love the co-op and next-gen stuff, but for me, when a character breaks into song, which they do on a regular basis in this game, it's magic," Spector said.
Composer Jim Dooley (Infamous 2, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) and lyricist Mike Himelstein (Dorothy of Oz) are creating original songs for Epic Mickey 2.
In Epic Mickey 2, Mickey will again carry a magical brush, while Oswald will wield a "remote control" that commands the power of electricity. As is the case in most co-op games, Mickey and Oswald will need to work together to solve puzzles and overcome obstacles.
Epic Mickey 2 returns to the original game's Wasteland setting. Spector said players will revisit locations from 2010's title, but various disasters have ravaged the land, altering the terrain in the process.
Spector promises that the much-maligned camera system from the original has been overhauled for Epic Mickey 2. He said a team has been working on fixing the camera system since "literally the day we finished the first game."
Epic Mickey 2 is hardly a surprise. Earlier this year, a report pointed to Junction Point developing a multiplatform sequel with co-op. The original Epic Mickey shipped exclusively for the Wii in 2010, fell short with critics, but went on to sell 1.3 million copies. For more on the title, check out GameSpot's review.