Disney partners with Epic Games to launch a vast gaming and entertainment universe tied to Fortnite

Feb 07, 2024 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday February 7, 2024 4:25pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Walt Disney Company is teaming up with Epic Games to create a groundbreaking games and entertainment universe, aiming to broaden the impact of Disney's iconic stories and experiences.

Disney plans to invest $1.5 billion for an equity stake in Epic Games, contingent on standard closing conditions, including obtaining regulatory approvals.

The company says that in addition to being a world-class games experience and interoperating with Fortnite, the new persistent universe will offer a multitude of opportunities for consumers to play, watch, shop and engage with content, characters and stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, Avatar and more. Players, gamers and fans will be able to create their own stories and experiences, express their fandom in a distinctly Disney way, and share content with each other in ways that they love.

Bob Iger, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, said, "Our new partnership with Epic Games is a pivotal moment, merging Disney's treasured brands with the massively popular Fortnite to create an unprecedented games and entertainment realm. This is our most significant foray into the gaming sphere yet, opening up extraordinary possibilities for growth and innovation."

Tim Sweeney, CEO and Founder of Epic Games, highlighted the longstanding relationship with Disney, noting the early integration of their worlds in Fortnite and the use of Unreal Engine across Disney's projects. "Our collaboration now extends to crafting a new, open ecosystem that welcomes both Disney and Fortnite communities, setting the foundation for a unique, interoperable experience."

Josh D'Amaro, Chairman of Disney Experiences, added, "This collaboration with Epic Games and their cutting-edge technology offers a thrilling opportunity to engage audiences in unprecedented ways, bringing our vast array of stories to life like never before. It represents a monumental step in reaching consumers directly and engaging them in the content they love most."

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Mike SFeb 25, 2024

Dedicated thread for those interested. https://forums.wdwmagic.com/threads/epic-mickey-rebrushed.983134/

Mike SFeb 24, 2024

Here’s a good video to watch. It seems what really doomed Disney Interactive was new management.

Tha RealestFeb 23, 2024

Maybe we’ll eventually get his Epic Mickey 3 https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Epic_Mickey_3

Mike SFeb 22, 2024

It’s nice to see he was involved in some way. I don’t know if it’s just me being optimistic but it seems like there’s a real effort here for a relaunch of this series. I’d hope this acts as a jumping off point if it’s successful enough for a new sequel or a vastly improved version of the sequel we have.

Mike SFeb 22, 2024

If that’s the case then what you played was the sequel. The first game has been exclusive to the Wii until now.

Indy_UKFeb 22, 2024

Yeah usually it is but I remember really struggling with it when I am usually quite good at games. It was so long ago that I can't even remember what console I played it on now. Possibly XBOX 360

Mike SFeb 22, 2024

Isn’t one stick to move and the other for the camera the standard across most platformers? Also the Wii didn’t have two sticks which is the only system this game was released on.

Indy_UKFeb 22, 2024

Thank God. If I remember rightly it was one stick to move the character and the other to do the camera. I hate that. I like a locked camera

Mike SFeb 22, 2024

Ask and you shall receive. https://mynintendonews.com/2024/02/22/epic-mickey-rebrushed-features-updated-controls-and-new-abilities/

WorldExplorerFeb 22, 2024

I LOVE Epic Mickey! Mostly for the story and art; it's the only video game "Art of..." book I own among my sea of movie ones. The melancholy, dark atmosphere of most of the areas was what made it special and the second mostly just dropped that and it was so disappointing (plus the story sucked). I hope they do a good job replicating the original's feel; Gremlin Village's screenshot looks promising. I'm really excited to see how this goes!

TouchdownFeb 22, 2024

Are they going to fix the pointless random fetch quests that make up a majority of the game play?

trainplane3Feb 22, 2024

I'm glad I don't have to wiggle a Wii remote around anymore so I'll probably get it on PC.

MisterPenguinFeb 21, 2024

Now, you'll get to use a mouse and keyboard, the way God intended video games to be played.

Indy_UKFeb 21, 2024

I'll give Epic Mickey a go if they completely revamp the controls. I just couldn't play it before and gave up after 20 minutes