"It was with much sadness that we informed our teams today of changes to our Games organization, which include the closure of Junction Point Studios," the company said in a statement. "These changes are part of our ongoing effort to address the fast-evolving gaming platforms and marketplace and to align resources against our key priorities. We're extremely grateful to Warren Spector and the Junction Point team for their creative contributions to Disney with Disney Epic Mickey and Disney Epic Mickey 2."Disney faced a difficult slump with the numbers for Epic Mickey 2, selling far fewer copies than its early predecessor. Disney, whose newer focus on video games is geared towards a far more casual audience, has ultimately terminated all of its employees at Junction Studios.
The video game business is a fairly finical environment. Some studios hit the big times with a large, successful IP. Others keep their heads afloat by making just enough profit to stay above the costs. Still more end up as Disney is today. Shuttering their offices and letting go their teams. Unfortunately for many companies, one bad game, or even a good game at the wrong time, can end what may have been a shot at a winning streak.