‘Epic Mickey 2’ playable at E3

It’s not very far from Disney’s Burbank studios to the Los Angeles Convention Center and that no doubt eases setting up the elaborate booth filled with rare and unique Disneyana that they regularly set up.  E3 attendees that tried out the gorgeous looking Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two got to walk away having played a bit of a fun adventure and also proud owners of customized Oswald ears.  Oswald is of course the pre-Mickey Mouse character Walt Disney invented over 80 years ago.  Disney Interactive also took the opportunity of the Expo, to set a November 18, 2012 release date for the highly anticipated game.

“Our fans have told us how eager they are for a sequel to Disney Epic Mickey and I’m happy to be able to reveal the launch date for Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, said Warren Spector, creative director and vice president, Junction Point.

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two returns 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.  The original Epic Mickey game was only available for the Nintendo Wii system but this sequel will be released on Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.  Both versions were playable at the Expo with the Playstation 3 version both Move equipped and not.  After a bit of time with the game, both consoles executed the game indistinguishably and though there is a painting mechanic in the game, the Move controllers don’t add a lot to the adventure.  There will be no Kinect support.

In Epic Mickey 2, Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Rabbit are partners and have joined forces for the first time to save Wasteland.  Mickey is equipped with a magical paint brush that allows him to wield paint and thinner and Oswald has a powerful remote control that allows him to command electricity.   This co-op play further enhances the idea that “PlayStyle Matters” – a unique approach to gameplay pioneered by Warren Spector where players dynamically tackle different challenges in order to explore all possibilities and storylines, but with consequences for their chosen actions.

Also on display is a new top-down view, hack and slash adventure game for the upcoming Brave, the new Pixar movie. Very much in theme of dungeon crawlers like Diablo, Brave will have you play multiple characters in your quest to end a magical blight on Scotland.  The game is coming out in about a week for Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii and PC.  The Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 will have a motion sensing archery mini-game suite that utilizes the Move and Kinect respectively.

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