"take a chill pill and relax" over the inclusion of musical numbers in Epic Mickey 2's cutscenes. So it's not some High School Musical nightmare?
Apparently not, at least not a mandatory one anyway - they can be skipped. Spector "had to explain things" about the songs because of the 'fear' it generated in fans and execs.
We're not going to be sitting down to a full blown Broadway performance, insists Warren Spector. The veteran designer admits it's an "experiment" to see if a musical framework can exist.
"I've been itching to talk about the game and the songs for a while," he said. "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 realised 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?"
We don't interact with the songs in Epic Mickey 2 and we can skip them at anytime.
"I just want to see how people respond to the music and the songs," he said. "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," continued the creator of Epic Mickey and Deus Ex.
"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 honour a part of Disney's history. If you don't like that part of Disney's history, skip it."
Epic Mickey 2 releases on Xbox 360, PS3, Nintendo Wii and PC this September.
Spector saw "look of fear in people's eyes" over musicals in Epic Mickey 2
02 April 2012 | By Simon Priest