By Paul Hunter
We're less than two months away from the much-anticipated release date of Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, a game that is shaping up to be significantly superior to its predecessor. That's saying a lot considering the Wii-exclusive original Epic Mickey was, finicky camera issues aside, an epic experience in its own right.
To shed some light on the making of Epic Mickey 2, publisher Disney Interactive Studios have released a pair of videos featuring insights from industry luminary Warren Spector, the creative force behind the game. The videos explore the rich story, written by famed comic book writer Marv Wolfman, and the cast of characters, which include the return of our hero Mickey Mouse, along with his new playable companion, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit.
Veteran comic book writer Marv Wolfman is no stranger to the Disney universe, having wrote scripts for Ducktales and Mickey Mouse Adventures in the early 90s, along with being one of the first editor for Disney Adventures magazine. In Epic Mickey 2, Wolfman says that his approach to storytelling begins with letting himself "get inspired by the art" and that Disney art "is very specific and beautiful". Wolfman further notes the biggest change to storytelling this time around is that Mickey is now accompanied throughout the game by Oswald, and therefore the writing is "mostly dialogue and conversation" that forces the characters to relate to one another.
Take a look at the video for the full interview:
The Power of Storytelling - Disney Epic Mickey 2
In a second video uploaded to YouTube by Disney Interactive, Warren Spector is joined by design director Chase Jones and studio director Paul Weaver as the trio explain the rationale behind selecting specific characters for Epic Mickey 2, along with an explanation of their role in the game. Among the insights gleaned is that Oswald will have his own unique set of abilities, separate and distinct from Mickey, including the ability to fly with his helicopter ears, throw his boomerang leg, and shoot electricity with his remote control. Mickey, like last game, will have the magic ability to control paint and thinner, which can create or destroy respectively. Have a look at these characters in action:
The Power of Characters - Disney Epic Mickey 2
There are plenty of other interesting aspects of Epic Mickey 2 which set it apart from its predecessor, including Spector's description of the game as "the very first musical video game," with the story employing song to drive the narrative forward. The game will feature drop-in/drop-out co-operative play, allowing two players to assume control of Mickey and Oswald, or single players can play with an AI-controlled Oswald.
With two months to go until we can get our hands on Epic Mickey 2, expect more exciting news to come.
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is releasing for Nintendo Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on November 18, 2012. The game is being developed by Junction Point Studios and published by Disney Interactive Studios.
[This article originally appeared on the Future Shop Tech Blog]
Monday, September 17, 2012
By Paul Hunter