OK, so due to the lateness of the hour I’m not entirely convinced that I’m not dreaming this. Do you see that picture above? Because I can’t believe that it’s real.
Do you ever come across something that’s smashed up from a bunch of random, unrelated things that you love individually but never expected to see them together? That just happened to me when I read a story on Kotaku that claims to have stumbled upon concept art for designer Warren Spector’s upcoming steampunk-tinged Disney videogame. Let’s break that down:
- A game designed by Warren Spector? Check.
- Crazy steampunky setting? Check.
- Disney? Uh, yeah.
Last year we mentioned, in passing, that Spector’s game design studio had been purchased by Disney in 2007 and he was working on a new, secret, character-centric game. I found this particularly exciting, as Spector is a genius of game design and was responsible for a number of seminal titles that helped define the cutting edge of PC gaming in the 1990s. He’s really quite good. So I was curious to see what someone known for their intricate action-RPGs would do with Disney characters.
Well, it looks like he’s doing something crazy. Kotaku found this art on concept artist Fred Gambino’s site. The various sources report that the codename for the project is “Epic Mickey.” It looks… wild. And doesn’t that first rendering look like the abandoned plans for the S.S. Disney?
There’s still no word on what the game is, when it’ll be released, or really anything else about it. It’s just such a confluence of insane things that I love, and that always warrants a mention.