We may all still be reeling from Disney’s announcement that they’re letting go of every part of LucasArts, including their in-development games, but Disney has moved on already.
Today Disney Interactive and Sega announced a partnership to work on the next Mickey Mouse game, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse.
The new game is an HD remake of the Castle of Illusion Title originally released for the SEGA Genesis over two decades ago. Considered one of the classics of the 16-bit era, Castle of Illusion was a side-scrolling platform adventure which sent Mickey up against a castle full of puzzles and Disney-esque monsters, in a quest to rescue Minnie Mouse, who had gotten herself kidnapped, princess-style.
Though there is no word as to just how closely the gameplay of the new game will resemble its predecessor, the news comes not long after the announcement that another Disney title from an earlier era, DuckTales, is in the process of being ‘remastered’ for an HD audience, a process which is taking the whole cloth of the game and remaking only the graphics so that the core gameplay experience remains—only the surface aesthetics are new.
“The original Castle of Illusion was tremendously entertaining and has a well-deserved reputation as a SEGA classic. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse brings this great game to a new generation,” said Chris Olson, vice president of Digital Business at SEGA of America in a press release. “Mickey is back and he looks fantastic.”
No word if this is part of a greater HD remake strategy for old Disney games, but if it is, I hope they decide to include all the games that they got from the LucasArts acquisition. I wouldn’t mind getting a new, updated version of TIE Fighter or Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis.