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An Article by Penny V

Epic MickeyOur oldest childhood friend will be getting a makeover or at least an edgier alter-ego to move along with the times and appeal to the more video-game inherent generation.

Waning Mickey merchandise sales has left the Walt Disney Company with no choice, after decades of leaving our mousey-pal unaltered for fear that it would damage the brand and its merchandise earnings, which span around the S$5 billion mark.

So with Disney Interactive Studios, they have developed a WiiTM adventure platform game called Disney Epic Mickey. Looking a little more retro, reminiscent of his wily ways from Steamboat Willie from the 1920s, Mickey is looking sleeker and has a modern feel to him that gives him a little more personality.

The game taps into Mickey’s rich heritage and brings some forgotten and obscure characters, such as Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, who happens to be the main villain; thriving in a “beautiful, whimsically-twisted world”. Residing in this cartoon wasteland along with fellow retired characters; Oswald is resentful at Mickey’s popularity and is gripped in furore when Mickey mistakenly upsets his world.

To help Mickey face the destruction and put everything to rights, players can choose to be regular, affable Mickey, or choose to unleash the other side of him. A Mickey who is more mischievous, sly and almost selfish to get whatever he needs done. Now that seems more fun than the Mary Poppins-like former.

Epic MickeyPlayers use the Wii RemoteTM to use a set of tools, including magical paint and thinners that can be used at the same time or separately, dynamically affecting the environment, characters and even Mickey’s appearance and abilities.

“The core of this game is the idea of choice and consequence, and how that defines both the character and the player,” says Warren Spector, a creative director of Junction Point, a Disney-owned game developer. “By putting the mischievous Mickey in an unfamiliar place and asking him to make choices – to help other cartoon characters or choose his own path – the game forces players to deal with the consequences of their actions. Ultimately, players must ask themselves, ‘What kind of hero am I?’ Each player will come up with a different answer.”

Disney Epic Mickey is slated to be released in late 2010, in the mean time, check out some of the concept art and screenshots.

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