Epic Mickey 2 makes the trip to Comic-Con

On Sunday, the International Comic-Con in San Diego wrapped up. Warren Spector of Disney Interactive’s Junction Point, Peter David, the award-winning comic writer and author of the upcoming Disney Epic Mickey 2 Graphic Novel along with his co-writer Marv Wolfman, made the trip down from Los Angeles to participate in a panel moderated by G4TV star Adam Sessler. The panel took the opportunity to discuss the upcoming Epic Mickey 2 game for the Nintendo Wii and now Sony’s Playstation 3 and Microsoft’s Xbox 360 system.  A 3Ds version is also in the works but under a different developer.

The panelists talked about how the team mapped out the story for the new game and unveiled the first details about, appropriately for the venue, the upcoming graphic novel.  The book will be a 48 page retelling of Mickey’s return to Wasteland that promises to extend the video game experience for readers.  The graphic novel will include lots of extras, including exclusive footage, a backstage pass, and more. The panel also revealed some new gameplay footage and artwork to accompany the just released opening movie.

“The story in Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will immerse players in an even deeper and richer gameplay experience than before as they take on the roles of Mickey Mouse and Oswald to befriend and battle their way through the world of Wasteland on a brand new journey of creativity and discovery,” said Warren Spector, creative director and vice president, Junction Point.

The Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two game will return Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Wasteland, an alternate world filled with more than 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions.  This time, Mickey and Oswald will join forces as true partners.  Mickey will use a magical paint brush that allows him to wield paint and thinner and Oswald will wield a powerful remote control that allows him to command electricity.

Warren Spector admitted that the gameplay in the first Epic Mickey game, only available on Wii, was intentionally limited.  This time the adventure will be a little more open-ended.  The co-op play enhances the Warren Spector’s ideology, “PlayStyle Matters,” his approach to gameplay, where players tackle challenges the way they want to in order to explore a variety of possibilities and storylines.  With this type of freedom there are of course consequences for these chosen actions.  As the new opening movie indicates, Warren Spector also loves music and plans to include much more of it in Epic Mickey 2.

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