For Disney fans, Epic Mickey was certainly a dream come true, and if recent rumors are to be believed, it seems that fans of the Wii title may have something to look forward to in 2012. A recent Disney Newsletter let it slip that Epic Mickey 2 will hit this fall, and that it'll be multiplatform.
The information regarding Epic Mickey 2 has been taken down, but according to Stitch Kingdom the game will release on Wii, PS3 and Xbox 360 this fall, featuring co-op gameplay, exactly as we heard this summer. Considering how well Epic Mickey sold, it'd be difficult for Disney to justify not making a sequel.
Ever since the release of the PlayStation Move, PS3 owners with the peripheral have wanted to see Epic Mickey release on the HD console - especially after the rumors of a re-release - and now it seems they may just get their wish - if this turns out to be true, of course. With the game also supposedly releasing on the Xbox 360 it will be interesting to see if Disney plans to incorporate Kinect into the game in any way. Considering their support of the Xbox 360 device with Kinect Disneyland Adventures, that's almost a certainty.
A few months back, reports had stated that Disney sent out a survey regarding Epic Mickey 2, to guage interest in the title and co-op gameplay. At this point it seems pretty safe to say that the title is in production, especially since the same text from that survey is what showed up in the newsletter a few days ago:
"Disney Epic Mickey 2 is the latest game in the critically acclaimed Disney Epic Mickey videogame series. In this all-new action-platforming game available for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii, Mickey embarks on an epic journey and is pulled back into a world filled with Disney’s forgotten characters. Players can choose to play single-player as Mickey or for the first time players can also choose 2-player split screen mode. In the 2 player mode one person can play as Mickey wielding magic paint and paint thinner to dynamically change the world and the second player can play as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit — Walt Disney’s first cartoon star — with the power to fly like a helicopter and use electricity to fight or friend enemies and solve challenges. Team-up and choose your path to save this forgotten world because the choices you make will alter the story and change the end of the game!"
We had our issues with the original - read our Epic Mickey review for the details - but we still recommended it and see the potential in a sequel if they expand on the good parts and rectify the problems. Bringing better graphics by taking the game to the stronger consoles should help the franchise explode, especially if it makes strong use of Kinect and the Move.
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