By Jeffrey Matulef
Epic Mickey may have been a flawed game, but it was still one of the most interesting releases in the last few years, if only because Disney allowed Warren Spector and his team at Junction Point to play fast and loose with the empire’s canon. They redesigned Mickey into a new retro form that was scrappier and more ratlike than his cheery modern doppleganger, and more importantly, the game represented the first time Mickey and his forbear, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, had been united.
This time out, they’re taking further liberties by giving Oswald a voice for the first time in a Disney project (he’d previously been voice by numerous voice actors at Universal, including Mickey Rooney). Unlike Epic Mickey, this sequel will feature a fully voiced cast, which will come in handy as the whole thing’s set to be a musical.
Other new additions include co-op play, Oswald’s remote that can manipulate machinery, and the game will be available on HD consoles (the previous game was a Wii exclusive). Take a look at it in action in this new “behind the scenes” trailer.
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is scheduled for release this fall on Xbox 360, PS3, Wii, PC, and Mac.