Warren Spector's Epic Mickey promised a lot when it was announced, and subsequently released on Nintendo's Wii, but delivered very little
Not one to shy away from grand design and ideas though, both Spector and Mouse are back in a recently announced sequel: Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, an ambitious differentiator to the first game, and indeed most games in general, as one of gaming's first musicals that.
"I'm such a geek about musicals," Spector told the Associated Press
. "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."
All music and lyrics in the game are being handled by Jim Dooley and Mike Himelstein, both of whom composed all music for the upcoming Dorothy of Oz movie. Further to singing, unlike in the first game, characters this time around will be fully voiced as part of fixing an error in judgement Spector admits he made with Epic Mickey.
"I made a choice. In retrospect, I wish I made a different one," he said.
The game is also a drop in, drop out co-op affair with players being able to play as Mickey and Oswald The Lucky Rabbit, and is no longer a Wii exclusive, and will be arriving on PS3 and Xbox 360 as well.
"You can sit down at any time with a friend who is playing as Mickey, and you can take control of Oswald," Spector explains. "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."
Finally on the issue of the camera -- the first game's biggest flaw in my opinion -- Spector again recognises they failed to deliver, and promises Epic Mickey 2 will address the problem.
"We've had a team working on the camera from literally the day we finished the first game," he told AP. "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."
Stay tuned for more details on Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two as we have them.