While at SDCC this year I had the opportunity to sit in a Roundtable event hosted by Disney to Promote Epic Mickey 2 ! As fans we ave a lot of opinions about products. Gamers especially have come to expect a lot more bang for their gaming bucks. One of the many things I took away from the roundtable was the intense passion and love the games creators have for the Disney characters and their desire to produce a product fans will love.
The guest list included Peter David who is the author of the tie in graphic novel, Marv Wolfman who assisted with the game script, and the man at the center of the games creation Warren Spector.
Warren was immediately barraged with curious questions about what changes fans could expect in the game 2 and endured some focused questioning concerning some limiting factors in the original game.
I really loved Warren’s good natured acceptance of the gathered fans opinions. Warren was quick to admit some things that could have been improved as well as standing up for some of his creative choices. I was really fascinated by the deep emotional themes that lie beneath the surface of this sequel.
First up the main players:
Oswald is back and keeping some unusual company. The Mad Doctor is back supposedly reformed and looking to recruit some help to prevent a coming disaster. His song and dance (litereal, and great!) inspire Oswald to go with him. Oswald’s friends aren’t quite so trusting so they reach out to Mickey for help.
I loved hearing the panel talk about themes of redemption and the growing relationship between Mickey and Oswald.
Though what really intrigued me was Warren’s description off the game’s story. The different levels of the game are very much tied to the players choices. Different game play and even accompanying songs are all tied to the characters decisions.
Player’s can also look for some character surprises from the Disney archives. Everyone involved in the project seem in awe of their archive experiences. Unearthing characters that havent been seen for year and being able to breathe life into them through voice acting and animation is one of the many gifts Epic Mickey can offer fans.
With a multitude of console options and separate game titled The Power of Illusion for the Nintendo DS , this is a great compliment to the world of Disney gaming