There's no doubt now that "Epic Mickey" will be a Wii-exclusive, but that wasn't originally the case. Gamers and game developers alike know that release dates and calendars for games are rarely set in stone, but not biting off more than you can chew on day one can save face from broken promises down the road. Warren Spector knows a thing or two about development cycles, having worked games like "Deus Ex" and numerous titles in the "Wing Commander" and "Ultima" series. "Epic Mickey" may have the biggest pre-roll-out hype yet for Spector and he credits Disney Interactive Studios for limiting it to one platform to allow him to meet his deadlines.
"It's burned in my brain,” Spector told Official Nintendo Magazine, “Graham Hopper [Disney Interactive boss] pulled me into my office one day and said 'What does it take to deliver on the goals we have for this product?’ "
That was apparently all the reason Spector needed to request that "Epic Mickey" be made a Wii-only release.
"And I said, well, you need enough time and enough money to be competitive," he explained. "And it'd be awfully nice if we could focus on one platform."
The rest is history, and the Wii will reap the rewards if Disney's call pays off.
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