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Junction Point Studios Closed

Gamasutra has the following brief official confirmation from Disney of the rumor that Epic Mickey developer Junction Point Studios is closing:

It was with much sadness that we informed our teams today of changes to our Games organization, which include the closure of Junction Point Studios. These changes are part of our ongoing effort to address the fast-evolving gaming platforms and marketplace and to align resources against our key priorities. We’re extremely grateful to Warren Spector and the Junction Point team for their creative contributions to Disney with Disney Epic Mickey and Disney Epic Mickey 2.

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10. Re: Junction Point Studios Closed Jan 29, 2013, 13:54 RollinThundr
 
Verno wrote on Jan 29, 2013, 12:38:
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 29, 2013, 12:17:
So how long before Warren starts a new studio with a new publisher only to ship one or two titles then start the process over again? Seems he's done that his entire career.

I guess he could play it safe and ship Madden sequels his whole life if that's what you want. I prefer his current approach even if he fails or stumbles once in awhile.

I was more so curious as to why it keeps happening is all, it's not like Warren hasn't been a part of teams that have put out great games, Ultima Underword, The original Deus Ex etc. Odd that he can't seem to keep a studio going for more than a title or two before moving on is all.
 
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9. Re: Junction Point Studios Closed Jan 29, 2013, 13:51 avianflu
 


The disconcerting part is that it only takes one poorly performing game and a studio is completely axed.
 
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8. Re: Junction Point Studios Closed Jan 29, 2013, 13:40 nin
 
Disney probably had to trim the fat after buying LucasArts

Wouldn't be surprised in the least if they're next, post 1313.

 
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7. Re: Junction Point Studios Closed Jan 29, 2013, 13:34 jdreyer
 
While I'm a huge fan of Warren's classic games (Thief, Deus Ex, System Shock, Crusader) I never had any interest at all in Epic Mickey, first because it's a console game, and second due to it starring Mickey. Does anyone know why he got away from his roots of awesome RPGs and decided to do EM instead?

Also, Disney probably had to trim the fat after buying LucasArts & LucasFilm.
 
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6. Re: Junction Point Studios Closed Jan 29, 2013, 13:24 Beamer
 
Disney... games organization changes...

No surprises there.
 
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5. Re: Junction Point Studios Closed Jan 29, 2013, 13:10 rawkstar
 
Epic Mickey was clearly too violent.  
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4. Re: Junction Point Studios Closed Jan 29, 2013, 13:09 nin
 
Creston wrote on Jan 29, 2013, 13:07:
Hey Warren,

Go talk to the Eidos Montreal guys. You know, the ones that fixed your Deus Ex:Invisible War mistake. Maybe they'll take you on for the next one.

Creston


No! Stay away, Warren!


 
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3. Re: Junction Point Studios Closed Jan 29, 2013, 13:07 Creston
 
Hey Warren,

Go talk to the Eidos Montreal guys. You know, the ones that fixed your Deus Ex:Invisible War mistake. Maybe they'll take you on for the next one.

Creston
 
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2. Re: Junction Point Studios Closed Jan 29, 2013, 12:38 Verno
 
RollinThundr wrote on Jan 29, 2013, 12:17:
So how long before Warren starts a new studio with a new publisher only to ship one or two titles then start the process over again? Seems he's done that his entire career.

I guess he could play it safe and ship Madden sequels his whole life if that's what you want. I prefer his current approach even if he fails or stumbles once in awhile.
 
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1. Re: Junction Point Studios Closed Jan 29, 2013, 12:17 RollinThundr
 
So how long before Warren starts a new studio with a new publisher only to ship one or two titles then start the process over again? Seems he's done that his entire career.  
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