Castle of Illusion Remake Confirmed With A New Trailer And Screens [Update]

By Ishaan . April 15, 2013 . 9:50am

Update: A Sega Europe trailer has confirmed the game for Xbox 360 and Steam as well. Thanks to reader Kyo/Geovane for the heads up!


Original story: An HD version of Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse is in development at Sega Studios Australia, Sega have confirmed via the PlayStation Blog. The game is described as being a 2D/3D re-imagined experience, and you can watch a trailer for it below:



Thus far, Castle of Illusion has only been officially announced for the PS3, but we would assume versions for other platforms are in the works as well, judging by ratings leaks earlier in the year. Sega Australia say they’re working closely with the original game’s director, who is now employed at Disney Interactive.


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  • Kyo

    Sega’s European trailer shows X360 & Steam versions

  • Vesperion

    I don’t remember much of the old Mickey games, but i used to love Mickey Mania on the SNES.

    • Solomon_Kano

      Man, Mickey Mania was awesome. Kicked my ass, but it was awesome. Wouldn’t mind seeing that return either.

  • SirRichard

    Between this and Ducktales, either Disney are trying for a renewed push into gaming after Epic Mickey or some people at Sega and Capcom had the same idea hit them at roughly the same time. Haven’t seen all that much of it, but it’s promising.

    • Solomon_Kano

      With the news that LucasArts has moved out of internal development and into licensing, I’m thinking it’s a renewed push. Could be a coincidence, but Disney’s got the Star Wars license up for grabs within months of getting it and they’re getting their own characters back out there after years of nothing (save KH appearances and the recent Epic Mickey series).

      I’m hoping they keep this up into licensing out for entirely new titles as well.

      • SirRichard

        There’s also that Disney Universe thing or whatever, that’s taking after Skylanders. I hadn’t considered that they’d put LucasArts down in order to free up the licence, but that actually makes quite a bit of sense, they can shop it around and see who bites that way.

        I imagine that both this and Ducktales Remastered showing up at the same time aren’t a coincidence; Disney are probably testing the waters for what works and what doesn’t (likely to also help judge why Epic Mickey failed), and lord knows both Sega and Capcom are willing to knock out anything quick to get some money flowing. Given that, Ducktales and Castle of Illusion were obvious choices.

        • Solomon_Kano

          Yea, whoever had the thought to decommission LucasArts was a genius. Rather than grow and maintain an internal development arm, they could make MUCH more by putting such a lucrative license back into the wild. EA will surely be ready to take another shot after their prior success and Activision’s moving out of the licensed game business; Obsidian’s pitched a new Star Wars game to LucasArts pre-Disney, so they likely have a better chance now if they hook up with a publisher; and I can see many others wanting a piece of Star Wars as well.

          Now, using these recently announced titles as an assessment of why Epic Mickey didn’t work out is an interesting consideration. If Castle of Illusion sells they can rule out it being a problem with Mickey himself, which would likely be central to their licensing plans moving forward, insofar as determining the worth of his license. If Ducktales sells, they’ve got a sign that it wouldn’t just be Mickey who’s still viable, either. Of course, in both cases they’ll need to take into account that these are remakes of already beloved titles, but I’m sure they’re thinking along those lines.

          Hm. The next few years should prove interesting. With the library of Disney character licenses back on the table, perhaps we’ll see a surge of developers taking a shot at them as was the case back on SNES and Genesis?

          • SirRichard

            I imagine they are accounting for nostalgia being a factor, which is why they’re reviving Ducktales and using the Castle of Illusion name. Disney knows the power of nostalgia well, I don’t doubt it’s something they’ll continue to rely on. But yes, I do think part of the reason why they picked Castle of Illusion as opposed to just making a new game starring Mickey is that Epic Mickey 2’s failure had them concerned.

            I imagine that, if nothing else, Disney will be pushing for more remakes of their most popular 8 and 16 bit era stuff, which does include more franchises beyond Mickey and Ducktales, but only if this pair sell. I don’t think they’ll completely open up their golden age licenses to developers, but I could see them definitely giving a few more another chance, if only to make something out of them.

    • Hound

      I know it’s not directly related to gaming, but I’m wondering what this could be leading up to for Disney IPs in general. Disney has always been aggressive with its marketing of any IP, making sure to have toys as well as books/movies/TV programming to match.

      With a renewed push to revive the Disney video game market (from several sources at the same time), I’d be surprised if we don’t see the results in their other markets. Golden Age-esque and New Age games could see a renewal in other Golden Age-style media as the momentum picks up.

      Could be exciting as the PS4 and new XBOX come out as well. There’s been a big showcase by developers trying to show that the PS4 can have imagery that’s visually similar to made-for-tv/movie CG. The possibility of DIsney moving in on the new market now gives me high hopes for the near future.

  • Machineguntommy

    Was kind of hoping they’d continue using Pie-Eyed Mickey after they brought that style back with Epic Mickey but I know that was the look he had in the original CoI so that’s cool too.

  • Anime10121

    The old Disney classics coming back with a vengeance I see! First DuckTales, and then Castle of Illusion :D

    Disney’s pulling all the right heartstrings and making some beautiful music! Now if they could only do something about Square and their hell bent reluctance to do Kingdom Hearts 3 (before any one says anything, this parts a joke, I know the reason they arent doing KH3 yet).

  • Solomon_Kano

    I’m praying that we can play with the original visuals as well. Not that the new ones are bad, I just really like how the original looks. I’d love to switch the visuals between playthroughs.

    • Aoshi00

      Yeah, as good as 2.5D looks, sometimes it just can’t compare to the original’s 2D sprites, like Megaman X Maverick Hunter.. Maybe the original could be unlocked after you beat the HD remake.. I love games like Shadow Complex or Deadlight though..

      The graphics from the screenshots look pretty good, I wish they would keep the old soundtrack and maybe just give it a remix, the boss theme was so exciting. Castle of Illusion was one of my favorite games, and Power of Illusion was unfortunately a big disappointment.

      Nothing beats 8- or 16-bit tunes :)

      If they could remix it like this guitar dude..

      • Solomon_Kano

        MHX was the perfect example. I was just talking with someone recently about how much less I liked its visuals than the original 16-bit graphics. Shadow Complex is probably the best-looking 2.5D game I’ve ever played. Was a ton of fun, too.

        Yea, hopefully they’ll do a remixed soundtrack like WayForward’s got going on for DuckTales.

        • Aoshi00

          Yeah, Shadow Complex was a very good looking Metroidvania. Limbo was another good puzzle platformer too, also Deadlight w/ zombies, 2D w/ hauntingly beautiful 3D graphics, good use of shadows/light/silhouette.. I want to stop and appreciate the scenery, but the zombies would come swarming lol..

          It’s funny when Maverick Hunter first came out on the PSP years ago, I loved the facelift.. but now I got to play it again for free from PS Plus, I thought it looked kinda ugly (Turtles in Time Reshelled looked especially bad).. whereas 2D graphics are so timeless.. also I’m playing all these 2D fighters recently like Darkstalker Resurrections, MvC Origins, the animation just looked so detailed even better than the newer games..

          All these new Disney remakes/releases are getting me excited (this seems to look better than Ducktales though), great 16-bit classics, had a blast when I was a kid and loved the cartoons too.. I still have a soft spot for side scrolling platformers..

          • Solomon_Kano

            Man, Reshelled really bummed me out. The original captured the cartoon’s look perfectly, but Reshelled was just kinda… there. 2D is definitely timeless. I recently started playing Breath of Fire IV, and that animation is STILL some of the best on offer. There’s just so much attention to even the smallest details.

  • capristrider

    Looking sweet! And it good news that the development team are working closing with the original director. I loved the original, so I hope this game can capture the original’s magic.

  • Hollowkoopa

    Now we just need Snes Aladdin and Goof Troops.

  • Namuro

    So…is that the Evil Queen? Also, the last trailer shows a red apple. Does that mean the Queen is trying to trick Mickey into eating the apple?

    • Solomon_Kano

      Original character from Castle of Illusion, Mizrabel. The apples are used by Mickey as projectiles.

    • Steven Higgins

      The character is Mizrabel. She has the ability to take on the appearance of Disney villains. She has appeared as the Evil Queen (in both Queen and Hag forms) and as Maleficent.

  • Beautiful =D oh man, it’s so good to see old games being renewed!

  • Göran Isacson

    I have to admit, I’m already liking this better than Duck Tales. Maybe it’s a question of budgetary differences and maybe it’s not WayForwards fault and all that, but I just can’t quite get behind how big and empty the stages in the Duck Tales remake looked or how the sprites didn’t quite mix with the 3D backgrounds. Even if I’m only going from the screen shots up there and the actual product may be WAY different, I gotta say I like the looks of this one more.

  • I wish, oh so very much, that they remake the original Magical Quest Trilogy! The first title of the trilogy was my very first Video Game I every played! I’ve just became 3 years old when I started to play and beat this game. Of course, aside from my second game, which was “Super Mario All-Star + Super Mario World”, my third game I ever played was Tiny Toon Adventures: Buster Busts Loose, which was made by Konami. And it is another title I wish to see remastered!

    • Solomon_Kano

      I would cry if they remaster Buster Busts Loose. I loved that. I never could get out of the library lol, but I loved it!

  • Kevin Schwarz

    Looks great! It’s time for a platformer renaissance again.

  • Raze

    So this is the game that Sega tease??
    The one website with some sand falling?

    • CirnoLakes

      Nah, that was just another soccer game.:/

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