Junction Point has confirmed Epic Mickey 2: Power of Two will be released on PC and Mac. The game had already been announced for Wii, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 with a sequel to Castle of Illusion set for release on the 3DS.
Epic Mickey was the best-selling single platform release in Disney’s history so a sequel along with all it’s expansion to other consoles was inevitable.
It also seems Disney are going all out on this project with so many formats planned as well as such a large team working on it. Junction Point head Warren Spector stated:
It’s pretty crazy. There’s a lot of work that goes into it. There are a couple of ways you can approach it. You can either build a studio that has 700 people, which I desperately don’t want to do, and didn’t and don’t and won’t, okay? Or you can find partners around the world.
We’ve taken a very interesting development approach. My studio director Paul Weaver came up with a way of building a virtual team all around the world. So we have people working in Leamington in the UK, in Bulgaria, China, Canada, California, Utah. We have an enormous virtual team.
It’s not outsourcing. I’ve got to be clear about that. It’s not that we said, okay, there are a bunch of artists in Shanghai, go build us barrels and trees. We have people in the UK actually building levels for us, under our direction. We talk to them every day. We drive all the creative, but we have an enormous virtual team.
While the figure of over 700 people working on the game is still shocking, the actual number isn’t just one studio but rather comes from adding the 160 members who work at Junction Point and all the other developers around the world, to those in publishing, marketing and support, testers, staff working on cinematics and storyboarding, voice actors and the people who work with the actors to record voice overs. Throw in the 3DS version and you have close to 800!
So how does communication between so many sources of input work? Spector says,”We do a lot of phone calls at very odd times, and a lot of Skype-ing, and a lot of email and a lot of transferring of incredibly large files back and forth, that’s for sure.”
Epic Mickey 2 is due for release in the latter part of 2012.