Many gamers on this site may have missed 2010's Epic Mickey as it was only released for the Nintendo Wii. The game, designed by industry heavyweight Warren Spector (System Shock, Deus Ex), was a homage to Disney's classic silent film cartoons. Of course, it starred the ever-recognizable Mickey Mouse, but the other key character in the game was the much less noted Oswald the Rabbit. Oswald was co-created by Walt Disney in 1926, prior to Mickey's debut, but was lost in a contract dispute. Upon regaining rights to the character in 2006, Disney decided to make use of him.
While no one doubted the affection Spector and his studio, Junction Point Studios, have for their source material, Epic Mickey was met with some criticism, specifically related to the game's camera. Now, Junction Point has the chance to fix that issue and bring Epic Mickey to a whole new group of gamers as they've announced that Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is in development for multiple platforms, including the Xbox 360.
Unlike its predecessor, Epic Mickey 2 will not focus on silence, but will include a full voice cast and will be a musical, so prepare for characters breaking out into songs much like they did in classic Disney films. This time, Oswald and Mickey will journey together. The game will feature a single player mode, where you take the role of Mickey and an AI-controlled Oswald assists you. In addition, there will be drop-in, drop-out co-op, so anyone can pick up a controller at any point and join you in the role of Oswald the Rabbit. It is not yet known if this feature will be restricted to local play or not.
Throughout the game you can use paint to create and complete worlds, and paint thinner to destroy them. Also, much like the first game, there is a sense of choice and consequence in Epic Mickey 2. For example, in the first title, you would be given an item to deliver to a specific person. On the course of your journey, you'll meet others who want that item for their own selfish reasons. Delivering the item as asked will keep Mickey 'Good', but delivering it to someone else will send him down the 'Mischievous' path, altering the abilities he has and his look. Choice and consequence will act similarly in Epic Mickey 2, and will even have an impact on the game's musical numbers.
Of course, far more information about the game will be released over the coming months, and we'll be sure to bring it to you as it's available.
Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is schedule for release this fall.