reports rumors that Warren Spector's Junction Point Studios is working on a
project codenamed "Epic Mickey," saying they've seen concept art of this
platformer game starring Mickey Mouse. Junction Point, founded by Deus Ex and System Shock designer Spector, was acquired by Disney last year
and word at the time was they'd be developing a "next generation" project. They
also recall a recent report in EGM saying: "Word is that Spector's new Disney
project will be a platformer looking to compete with a certain pesky plumber.
And who's big enough to take on Nintendo's star? Only the mouse himself!" And of
course, Spector himself recently said
: "My team and I have been
working hard on our own and (get ready for the cool factor to go way up) in
collaboration with folks from Disney Feature Animation and Pixar." They are not
sure how far along the project is, but they offer a description of the art they
saw: "Though the kooky environmental concepts, with visible large cogs, gears
and even a large fork that serves as a building's awning, are somewhat
reminiscent of Disney's Toontown Online MMO, the images -- particularly the
cloud-stained seaside painting -- have a distinctly shadowed, steampunk vibe."