IGN Exclusive: Spector Talks Epic Mickey Music
In many instances, music is known to soothe the savage beast. In many such cases as thus, howeverly, the savage beast may in fact become more savaged because of said music. What a conundrum!
Warren Spector is well aware of this tragical situation, now that he’s discussed the musical trappings that will be featured in the upcoming Epic Mickey 2. In this IGN exclusive, we’ve got the scoop on comments the game’s creator made (to Eurogamer) about the game’s musical elements. Apparently, the musical components about which he’s formerly boasted are proving to be a bitter pill some fans—and Disney execs—are finding a bit hard to swallow:
“I’ve been itching to talk about the game and the songs for a while. When we announced the game, I sort of threw it out there, because I’m so proud and so happy. I saw the look of fear in people’s eyes. I’m like, what the heck is going on? Doesn’t everybody love musicals? I realized I had to explain things.
“I look at guys like you in the audience on the press side, and similarly at Disney when I look out at execs, about 70 per cent of them are going, yeah. About 30 per cent are going, are you kidding?”
The songs, he assures, are not going to be interactive in the style of the forthcoming 3DS title Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy, which centers its gameplay around musical performances. Instead, the music portions in Epic Mickey 2 will be featured in cut scenes.
“I just want to see how people respond to the music and the songs. They’re not interactive by design. Later on, I hope maybe we get to do that in some other game, sometime in the future. But I feel like I have to reassure that 30 per cent that it’s okay. If you don’t want to experience that part of the game you can just bypass it.
I’ve seen the look on people’s faces. I’m reacting to something very specific and real I’ve seen, not worried that there might be a specific reaction. I’m reacting to the reaction, okay? It’s a change. Earlier, I didn’t expect that reaction, so I was just throwing it out there. Now I feel like I have to tell people, it’s okay.
I don’t think I was clear at the start it wasn’t singing into a microphone or beatmatch. I should have been clear about that, and I wasn’t.
I want everybody to just take a chill pill and relax about this. I’m not going to make you sing into a microphone. I’m not going to make you dance in front of your TV. I’m not going to make you beatmatch. This is just a fun way to honor a part of Disney’s history. If you don’t like that part of Disney’s history, skip it.”
So, in conclusion, the music in Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two won’t be interactive, but will rather be little breaks that are like old Disney movies. More great content to come from IGN+IGD!