Just one day after a tweet from Nintendo Magazine France outed a potential 3DS version of Epic Mickey 2, titled The Power of Illusion, Warren Spector himself has revealed a number of details on the console editions of the forthcoming game. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is on the way to Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 complete with drop-in/drop-out co-op multiplayer, fully voiced characters, musical numbers (!) and what Spector promises will be a much improved camera.
It was widely expected that Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two would be unveiled at an "epic event" next week, at which point we would discover if the rumors of multiplatform support and co-op gameplay proved true. No need to wait, now -- all of that has been confirmed.
Spector opened up about The Power of Two in an interview with the Associated Press.
"It's drop-in, drop-out co-op. You can sit down at any time with a friend who is playing as Mickey, and you can take control of Oswald. If you're playing as a single player, Oswald will be there every second of the game. He's not just a multiplayer character. He's a helper, whether you're playing alone or with a friend or family member."
While Mickey will continue to wield his magical paint brush from the first game, Oswald favors a remote control that uses the power of electricity.
Spector has previously spoken about the mistake of not including fully voiced characters in the original Epic Mickey. Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two rights that wrong and goes one step further by including musical numbers written by Jim Dooley and Mike Himelstein (Dorothy of Oz).
"I love the co-op and next-gen stuff, but for me, when a character breaks into song, which they do on a regular basis in this game, it's magic."
In the original game, Mickey could choose to use thinner to destroy his enemies or paint to convert them into allies, which had an impact on how the denizens of Wasteland reacted to him. A similar mechanic is in play with The Power of Two's musical numbers and score, which will change based on Mickey's actions. Speaking of Wasteland, it returns as the setting for Epic Mickey 2. Mickey and Oswald will revisit some areas from the first game, though there will be plenty of new stages, too.
"There's always been one part of the (Disney) parks that I've always wanted to get into Wasteland. Frontierland has changed so much since it started. There's so much forgotten history there, so Frontierland is going to get a pretty good exploration this time around, plus some other places that we'll keep secret for now."
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Finally, Spector addressed the biggest complaint from the first game: its camera.
"We've had a team working on the camera from literally the day we finished the first game. They'll be working on it until the day we ship the second game. (There have been) over 1,000 specific changes made to the camera. Our goal is that you will not have to touch the manual camera controls even once to play through the main story path of this game."
A camera that never needs to be adjusted? It'll really be something if the team at Junction Point Studios can pull that one off!
Based on what Spector has to say, it sounds like Epic Mickey 2 will address all of the original game's shortcomings. One thing Spector hasn't covered, however, is the rumored 3DS edition of the game, Power of Illusion. Perhaps that game will still be unveiled next week and will turn out to be entirely different from Power of Two. On the other hand, it could be that there is nothing to unveil, and the rumor is false.
Either way, there are plenty of Epic Mickey 2 questions left to answer (Will there be full length cartoons hidden in the game? Will gremlin Gus return? Will a save from the original game affect events in the sequel?) Spector will be on tomorrow night's episode of GTTV to talk more about the game. In a tweet, host Geoff Keighley lays out what's in store.
"Tomorrow night, world premiere of Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Two on GTTV on Spike. Trailer + tons of game footage with Warren Spector!"
Ranters, are you looking forward to Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two? What do you think about the inclusion of musical numbers? What platform do you plan play on?
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is due this Fall for Wii, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.
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Source: Associated Press, @GeoffKeighley