One of the biggest delights from 2010 was Disney Epic Mickey. It was the first "good" Disney game in a long time and that should come as no surprise since Warren Spector, director of Thief and Deus Ex, was in charge of the platformer.
The game had two major problems though - no voice acting and the camera was awful. It seems that Spector is already fixing both of those issues. Speaking to the AP, he said that the new game will feature full voice acting. This is a pretty big deal since the Epic Mickey universe includes Oswald the Rabbit, Walt Disney's first creation. Epic Mickey 2 will be the first time Oswald has ever been given a voice.
As for the camera, Spector says that he's been having a time work on it since they finished the first game. His hope is that the player will not have to use the manual camera controls throughout the entire game.
What's new this time around is that the game will be a musical. Spector has Jim Dooley and Mike Himelstein writing music for the game. How the musical sections will play out remain a mystery, but I'm sure Spector has some great ideas already in place.
I, for one, am super excited about having another musical game. It's a genre that has been relatively untapped in the gaming world mostly due to the fact that musicals and games don't really mix. The only other musical game was Rhapsody, a PlayStation RPG from the 90s. You might be able to count Conker's Bad Fur Day on account of the Great Mighty Poo, but that's just one instance of musical genius.
The best news though is that the sequel will not be stuck on one platform this time. While the first game was one of the strongest third-party efforts on the Nintendo Wii, the sequel will be for the PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii. Here's hoping we get a HD port of the first game for the PS3 and Xbox 360 before the sequel arrives sometime this fall.
If you want to see more on Epic Mickey 2, GameTrailers TV on Spike will air the world premier footage of the title. Host Geoff Keighley announced the news via Twitter:
Tomorrow night, world premiere of Disney Epic Mickey: The Power of Two on GTTV on Spike. Trailer + tons of game footage with Warren Spector!
— Geoff Keighley (@geoffkeighley) March 21, 2012
Are you excited about Epic Mickey 2? What about the musical component? Let us know in the comments.