Junction Point’s ‘Epic Mickey’ Makes for Epic Cover Story

Game Informer November 2009 Issue featuring Epic MickeyGame Informer has announced that its November 2009 issue which is currently being mailed to subscribers features a story on the all-but-confirmed Epic Mickey title from Junction Point studios, a Nintendo-Wii exclusive steampunk drawing-based gaming adventure in which lesser known Disney  characters are rumored to be seeking vengeance from Mickey himself in what can only be described as post-apocalyptic Walt Disney World (although the attractions in the artwork featured on the issue’s [back] cover appear to be more home at Disneyland).

Check out the original Game Informer announcement here and additional artwork from the magazine on Destructoid.

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Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for the Nintendo DS Released with All-New Multi-Player Mode

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 29 — Square Enix, Inc., the publisher of Square Enix® interactive entertainment products in North America, and Disney Interactive Studios announced today that KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days is now available at retail stores across North America.

Uncover the mysteries surrounding the story of Roxas, the “other hero,” with the latest entry in a series that has shipped over 12 million copies worldwide. The first KINGDOM HEARTS title developed for Nintendo DS(TM), KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days is also the first in the series to feature multiplayer capabilities. Fans can now explore the enchanted Disney worlds alongside friends, choosing to play as any member of Organization XIII, each with their own unique personality and abilities.

Portable and interactive, KINGDOM HEARTS 358/2 Days offers a brand-new KINGDOM HEARTS experience that retains the same enduring charm, storytelling depth and action-packed battle system embraced by gamers across the globe. Experience KINGDOM HEARTS like never before as the action-RPG series is re-imagined for an exciting new adventure!

THE STORY
In KINGDOM HEARTS, Sora turned the Keyblade on himself in order to release Kairi’s heart, but his own heart was also released in the process. This brought about the creation of Roxas, Sora’s Nobody. Unlike most Nobodies, however, Roxas has no memories of his past. He joins Organization XIII and slowly begins to discover the truth behind his existence and the Organization itself. He meets and befriends the fourteenth member of the Organization, who also has no recollection of her past. What will Roxas see during his time in the Organization? What is the connection between him, Sora and the fourteenth member? And what becomes of them? Dive into the heart of the KINGDOM HEARTS storyline’s biggest secrets.

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Photo: John Lasseter Plays Game with The Princess and the Frog

John Lasseter plays a game of The Princess and the Frog for the Nintendo Wii from Disney Interactive StudiosJust a few days ago, Walt Disney Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter found some time to squeeze in a game of The Princess and the Frog for the Nintendo Wii while at Odeon Leicester Square in London. Due out in November, the game will also be available on the Nintendo DS. See here for more details on the upcoming release.

Thanks to Disney Interactive Studios for the photo.

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Disney Interactive Studios Acquires Wideload Games, Inc; Halo Creator Seropian

Wideload Games CEO Alexander SeropianBURBANK, Calif. — Disney Interactive Studios announced today it has agreed to acquire Wideload Games Inc., a Chicago-based producer and developer of original interactive entertainment. As part of the agreement, industry veteran and creative visionary Alexander Seropian, Wideload Games founder and CEO, will join Disney Interactive Studios in the newly created role of vice president of creative, leading the company’s global creative efforts. Seropian, who is relocating to Glendale, Calif., is renowned as the founder of Bungie Software and was among the creators of the highly successful Halo® series – one of the most successful video game franchises of all time. Seropian will report directly to Global Product Development Senior Vice President Jean-Marcel Nicolai, and be tasked with overseeing creative development across Disney Interactive Studios’ portfolio of video games.

“Wideload Games is among the premier small creative game development studios in the world. Wideload Games will be a great fit for our portfolio of internal studios, and Alex joining the global product development team provides the entire Disney game portfolio with a strong creative influence,” said Graham Hopper, executive vice president and general manager, Disney Interactive Studios. “Alex has built his reputation around the power of original thinking. In leading the studio that created Halo, he helped turn great storytelling, exceptional design and polished gameplay into the ‘killer app’ for Xbox. Alex’s leadership of our creative community will enhance our ability to be a magnet for the best talent in the industry and enable the company to take an even more significant role in developing industry leading products.”

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Upcoming ‘Epic Mickey’ for Nintendo Wii Paints a Grizzly, Dark Future for Walt Disney World

Concept Art from 'Epic Mickey' shows a dark future for the Walt Disney World theme parksMaking the rounds on the ‘net is a concept art-laden update from an original report by Gamsutra which speculated on an upcoming project known as ‘Epic Mickey’ from Warren Spector’s Junction Point Studios. ‘Strangely’ enough, the news comes hot on the heels of an article Gamasutra published only a couple of days ago in which Disney Interactive’s Graham Hopper hints about the project, even foreshadowing that we’d find out more about it ‘one of these days’ — perhaps a bit sooner than he meant.

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