Spector reveals spiritual successor to Deus Ex

Developer Warren Spector has been candid about his initial disinterest in joining Disney to work on a Mickey game

Deus Ex

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As more Epic Mickey details surface, developer Warren Spector has openly discussed his plans for a sequel and his hopes that Disney will back development on the pair of titles Junction Point was working on before they were acquired in 2007.

Developer Warren Spector has been candid about his initial disinterest in joining Disney to work on a Mickey game, claiming in multiple interviews that he originally approached Disney to pitch a "spiritual successor" to the PC shooter Deus Ex (Spector has tried and failed in the past to reacquire the rights to the Deus Ex franchise from Eidos.)

"There were, and still are, Deus Ex stories I would like to tell. That story is not done for me," Spector revealed to Variety in a recent interview.

That's not all they were working on, either; Spector's independent studio Junction Point were simultaneously developing what he describes as "a big, big fantasy game that I had been wanting to do for about 15 years. My wife and I created a world and a whole story arc for DC comics," Spector told Variety. "But they decided not to pick it up."

Disney secured the rights to both games when they acquired Junction Point, and Spector has been elusive about what he plans to work on after Epic Mickey releases in 2010. It might be a sequel, or it could be a return to some of his favorite settings.

"I'm certainly open to doing more licenses, but one of the things that Disney is about is creating things that can translate to new media," the veteran developer told Variety. "So I think a 'balanced diet' is a good thing."

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