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Mickey fans rejoice, as the promising but unfortunately flawed Epic Mickey series is returning with Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two.
Announced by producer Warren Spector, the game is currently in development for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii, and unlike the 2010 original, will be a musical with full voice acting for all characters.
“I’m such a geek about musicals,” he said in an Associated Press interview. “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.”
Drop-in, drop-out co-op has been confirmed, as has an improved camera (a feature that was heavily criticised in the original).
“You can sit down at any time with a friend who is playing as Mickey, and you can take control of Oswald,” explained Spector. “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.”
“We’ve had a team working on the camera from literally the day we finished the first game. They’ll be working on it until the day we ship the second game,” he said. “(There have been) over 1000 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.”