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JOIN MICKEY MOUSE AND OSWALD THE LUCKY RABBIT FOR

ALL-NEW ADVENTURES IN WASTELAND AS DISNEY INTERACTIVE SHIPS

 “DISNEY EPIC MICKEY 2: THE POWER OF TWO” AND

“DISNEY EPIC MICKEY: POWER OF ILLUSION” VIDEO GAMES

Sequel To The Award-Winning ‘Disney Epic Mickey’ Is

 Now Available At Retailers Nationwide

LONDON, UK — (November 23, 2012) – Today Disney Interactive announces the availability of Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two, the sequel to the critically acclaimed and commercially successful “Disney Epic Mickey” video game. Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two is now available for the Wii™ system from Nintendo, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and will be available for the Nintendo’s Wii U™ system from 30th November 2012.  In addition “Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion,” the first Nintendo 3DS™ title for “Disney Epic Mickey”, is now available at major retailers nationwide.

In “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two,” gamers will play as Mickey Mouse and for the first time ever, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney’s first cartoon star, in an all-new adventure of creativity and discovery.  Created by industry luminary Warren Spector and Disney Interactive’s Junction Point game development studio, “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” returns Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Wasteland, an alternate world filled with 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions.  But for the first time, Mickey and Oswald will join forces as true partners – Mickey with his magical paint brush that wields paint and thinner, and Oswald with his powerful remote control that allows him to command electricity. 

“Mickey Mouse is one of the most beloved characters of all time,” said Warren Spector, vice president and creative director, Disney Interactive’s Junction Point.  “I feel incredibly lucky to have been given the opportunity to once again help craft his latest journey and at the same time bring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit back in such an amazing and innovative way, by allowing this once forgotten silent cartoon star to get a voice for the first time in history.”

The game’s new co-op play between Mickey and Oswald further enhances the idea that “PlayStyle Matters” – a unique approach to gameplay pioneered by Warren Spector.  Through “PlayStyle Matters,” players dynamically tackle different challenges in order to explore all possibilities and storylines, but with consequences for their chosen actions.

Co-written by award-winning comic book writer, Marv Wolfman, in collaboration with Junction Point, “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” features a unique soundtrack created by Emmy award-winning composer, Jim Dooley and songwriter Mike Himelstein to deliver the first-ever video game musical.

“We continually strive to develop interactive content that resonates across Disney’s broad fan base,” said John Pleasants, co-president, Disney Interactive.  “Our goal was to capture the nostalgic feeling that makes the Disney experience so magical, and it is clear that we’ve accomplished that with ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two’ exceptionally well.”

In addition to the console titles, “Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion” for the Nintendo 3DS created by critically acclaimed DS developer DreamRift in collaboration with Disney Interactive’s Junction Point, offers a unique drawing and painting functionality that allows players to create rough versions of objects that magically transform into classic Disney-style 2D illustrations.  Utilizing the game’s unparalleled dual screen integration, players then move their creations to the top screen where they are further transformed into full-color, fully-rendered 3D visuals.

Paying tribute to the classic Sega Genesis title “Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse,” “Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion” focuses on the fabled Castle of Illusion, which has fallen into Wasteland along with the evil witch Mizrabel, villainess from the classic “Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse.”  Now an unwilling inhabitant of Wasteland, Mizrabel unleashes a plot to escape using the Castle of Illusion to imprison and drain the cartoon essence from currently famous Toons.  Players will take on the role of Mickey Mouse as he utilizes his magical brush to wield paint and thinner to confront Mizrabel and save the Toons. 

“Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” is rated ‘U’ for Universal by the BBFC, and is now available for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and Xbox 360 for a suggested retail price of £32.99 and Wii for a suggested retail price of £24.99 and will also be available for the Nintendo’s Wii U™ system from 30th November 2012 for a suggested retail price of £39.99. “Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion” is rated PEGI ‘7’ and is now available on the Nintendo 3DS for a suggested retail price of £29.99.

For additional information about “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” and “Disney Epic Mickey:

Power of Illusion” visit: www.facebook.com/DisneyEpicMickeyUK

Background to inkwells, invisible and indelible ink...

When the Thinner Seas disappeared at the end of Disney Epic Mickey, Oswald and the others found that it left behind two sets of Ink: Invisible and Indelible ink. Over the years they’ve figured out how to harness this ink in what they call Inkwells. Inkwells are special objects in the environment that can help the player overcome challenges and foes, while also giving him a choice on how he wants to proceed, and they provide Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two with a completely different style of gameplay from the first game.

Welcome to Autotopia...

Oswald and Mickey arrive from Ventureland after entering an area designated to the citizens as off limits by the Mad Doctor. They find the once grand racetrack cracked and polluted by horrific machines...

Autotopia used to be one of the favourite racing tracks of Wasteland before it was lost in the Thinner Disaster, and was thought lost forever. The Mad Doctor, however, found the area and also found that it was perfect for his experiments...

Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two demo is now live on PlayStation Network (PSN) in the UK.


Disney Unveils UK Release Date for Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two For Nintendo’s Wii U™ System

  Mickey strides forth purposefully in this shot from the WIi U version
   

On behalf of Disney, we're delighted to announce a UK release date of 30th November 2012 for the recently announcedDisney Epic Mickey 2: The Power Of Two for Nintendo’s Wii U™ system.

Assets including packshots, screenshots, logo, character art and fact sheet can be downloaded from the following link: https://www.yousendit.com/download/TEhVc2ZOR0Y3N0JDaDhUQw

The text of the full press release is below; for further information, please contact Tom or Tim at Renegade PR, tom@renegadepr.com or tim@renegadepr.com.

LONDON, UK. — (4th October 2012) – Disney Interactive today announced that the highly-anticipated “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” video game will be available for Nintendo’s Wii U™ system from 30th November 2012.  Wii U players will experience their adventure through Wasteland, an alternate world filled with more than 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions, in HD graphics and enjoy enhanced game features.

“It’s exciting to bring Nintendo fans ‘Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two’ on Nintendo’s revolutionary new game system,” said Bill Roper, vice president and general manager of production, Disney Interactive. “The technological advances of the Wii U system have allowed us to enhance player direction and provide our fans with an immersive as well as unique gaming experience.”

The “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” video game returns Mickey Mouse and Oswald the Lucky Rabbit to Wasteland, an alternate world filled with more than 80 years of forgotten Disney characters and theme park attractions.  But for the first time, Mickey and Oswald will join forces as true partners - Mickey with the magical paint brush that allows him to wield paint and thinner, and Oswald with a powerful remote control that allows him to command electricity.   This new co-op play further enhances the idea that “PlayStyle Matters” – a unique approach to gameplay pioneered by Warren Spector where players tackle challenges the way they want to in order to explore a variety of possibilities and storylines, but always with consequences for their chosen actions.

Using the Wii U™ GamePad, players will see a fully detailed, real-time map of Wasteland with waypoints and markers to help guide them through the game and complete the different quests and side-quests. Players will also be able to use the GamePad to access sketches and activate the sketches to use in-game for a more immersive experience.

“Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” for the Wii™ system from Nintendo is being developed by Junction Point, the Xbox 360® video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, and the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system is being developed by Blitz Games Studios and Nintendo’s Wii U version is being developed by Heavy Iron. Supporting the latest technology, the game will also feature full support for the PlayStation®Move motion controller. “Disney Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion” for the Nintendo 3DS™ hand-held system is under development by critically-acclaimed developer DreamRift, in collaboration with Junction Point. The games are rated “E” for Everyone by the ESRB.  “Disney Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two” for the Wii U system is currently unrated by the ESRB.

Disney Interactive

Disney Interactive, one of the world’s largest creators of high-quality interactive entertainment across all platforms, is the part of The Walt Disney Company responsible for the global creation and delivery of interactive entertainment, multi-platform video games, and family-focused content across all current and emerging digital media platforms.  Disney Interactive produces and distributes a broad portfolio of content from Disney Interactive Games and Disney Interactive Media.  Products and content released and operated by Disney Interactive include blockbuster mobile, social and console games, online virtual worlds, #1 kid’s entertainment destination Disney.com and the #1 Family/Parenting portfolio on the Web.

Disney Interactive is the interactive entertainment part of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS).

About Junction Point

Junction Point is Disney Interactive’s Austin, Texas-based developer of console games with a focus on games where “playstyle matters.” Junction Point games offer strong, player-driven narratives, opportunities for problem-solving rather than puzzles, and choices with significant consequences. The studio’s goal is to tell stories with players, not to them, allowing each player to craft his or her own, unique experiences. Junction Point was founded in 2005 and joined Disney Interactive in July 2007. For more information on the studio, go to http://www.junctionpoint.com.

 

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