The new game will boast 2 player co-op, an improved camera, and . . . musical numbers???
Originally Posted by MetroAlthough a sequel to 2010's Epic Mickey has been an open secret for months now most speculation had suggested a Wii U and 3DS game, but instead it's been announced for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
The sequel was confirmed in US newspaper the San Francisco Chronicle, where designer Warren Spector revealed it would be a 'fully-voiced, all-star Disney musical'.
'I'm such a geek about musicals,' he said. '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.'
As previously rumoured the game will include drop-in, drop-out co-operative play, with one player cast as Mickey and the other as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. Oswald will apparently be a partner if playing on your own as well, and has a 'remote control that can manipulate electricity'.
Mickey will still have his magic paintbrush, allowing you to create physical objects in the world or remove them with magic paint thinner. There are few details about the plot, but the wasteland setting of the first game will return.
We're sure this is all very exciting for Disney fans but we really didn't think that much of the first game, with its outdated platform action, undercooked morality system, and dour atmosphere.
Spector seems to be responding to some of the criticisms at least, with the wonky camera system apparently undergoing a major overhaul.
'(There have been) over 1000 specific changes made to the camera. Our goal is that you will not have to touch the manual camera controls even once to play through the main story path of this game,' he said.
No release date has been mentioned so far, but earlier rumours pointed towards an autumn launch.
Originally Posted by Game InformerEpic Mickey: The Power of Two addresses many of the complaints the original had. Speaking to the Associated Press, Junction Point Studios boss Warren Spector said he's fixing the camera placement in the game and is adding drop-in, drop-out co-op with Mickey and Oswald, who are now teaming up for the sequel.
"We've had a team working on the camera from literally the day we finished the first game," he said. "They'll be working on it until the day we ship the second game. (There have been) over 1,000 specific changes made to the camera. Our goal is that you will not have to touch the manual camera controls even once to play through the main story path of this game." Additionally, Spector said he's adding voice acting this time and will even include musical numbers.
Originally Posted by G4Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two has officially been revealed, and it will feature co-op gameplay, a multiplatform release, voiced characters and even musical numbers! It's coming out this fall.
According to creator Warren Spector, speaking to The Associate Press, Epic Mickey 2 will be released on the PlayStation 3, Wii and 360, and will feature a drop-in, drop-out co-op mode that puts players in control of either Mickey or Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
Mickey will wield the paintbrush and paint thinner from the first game, while Oswald will work with a remote control that can command electricity. When playing single-player, Oswald will still be in the game, presumably as an AI-controlled buddy.
Unlike the first game, that featured a silent hero, Epic Mickey 2 will feature voices, even for Oswald, who has never spoken before. Oswald will be voiced by voice actor Frank Welker.
Not only will Disney Epic Mickey 2 characters speak, they'll sing. The game features original music from Jim Dooley and Mike Himelstein, the team who penned the music for the upcoming animated film "Dorothy of Oz."
Spector is most excited about the music, telling The Associated Press, "I'm such a geek about musicals...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."
As for the setting of the game, Epic Mickey 2 puts Mickey and Oswald back in Wasteland, the darker Disneyland from the first game, filled with obscure and forgotten characters and theme park attractions. Some of the locations from the first game will return, but in a different form -- there have been earthquakes and other disasters that have changed things a lot. There will also be new location. Spector mentioned Frontierland, and also promised other locations that are yet to be revealed.
Spector said: "Frontierland has changed so much since it started. There's so much forgotten history there, so Frontierland is going to get a pretty good exploration this time around, plus some other places that we'll keep secret for now."
I'll admit, I was a bit taken aback by the whole idea of a "musical game," but if Jim Dooley is behind the wheel, I'm sure it'll all turn out to be amazing.