Disney’s first cartoon character, Oswald the Rabbit, will play a key role in Epic Mickey. The plucky rabbit is the first inhabitant of Fantasia sorcerer Yen Sid’s world for forgotten cartoon stars. Oswald tries to make the Cartoon Wasteland comfortable for fellow “retired” characters, but as time passes he becomes envious of Mickey’s popularity. When Mickey stumbles into Yen Sid’s map he inadvertently disrupts Oswald’s world.
What Mickey does in the Cartoon Wasteland is up to the player.
“The core of this game is the idea of choice and consequence, and how that defines both the character and the player,” Warren Spector, Creative Director for Epic Mickey, explained in a prepared statement. “By putting the mischievous Mickey in an unfamiliar place and asking him to make choices – to help other cartoon characters or choose his own path – the game forces players to deal with the consequences of their actions. Ultimately, players must ask themselves, `What kind of hero am I?` Each player will come up with a different answer.”
Epic Mickey introduces moral choices with Mickey’s magical paint and thinner. The thinner is used to damage things while the paint is used to create. Both tools allow players to change the environment, how Mickey interacts with other characters, and his appearance in the Cartoon Wasteland.
Disney says Epic Mickey will bring a mix of platforming and light role-playing elements to the Wii in fall 2010.