Designer Warren Spector discussed his reasons for wanting a second Epic Mickey, saying that he plans all his projects as three games, each introducing their own stories and mechanics.
"I assume every game developer has a process they go through when they start a new project, and mine involves a couple of things," he told Digital Spy.
"One is [that] there are seven questions I ask myself and if I can't answer them I don't do it, and that's posted on my blog if you're curious. But the other is, I always plan out at least three games.
"I plan out a three-game story arc, and I plan out a three-game, sort of, gameplay arc, what am I going to introduce in each game. I don't do that because I actually expect to do those games, I do it because my games take about three years to make and I need to make sure I'm willing to put in as many as ten years of my life on something."
He continued: "It's got to be a compelling enough world and compelling enough characters that I can do that. And so before we started with the first one I had four stories actually. At the high level, sort of thought out, I did this for Deus Ex too. I knew what the first three games were going to be before we started the first one."
Spector added that songs and co-op multiplayer for the second game were planned from the start, while an "idea" for the third has already been established.
"For example, I knew we were going to do some songs in the second game and I knew we were going to do two player co-op multiplayer, I just knew that before we started the first game. And have an idea that if we're lucky enough to do a third one what we're going to do.
"So I already had an idea of what's the next step, you know, before we started, so I'm always incentivised to do it."
Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two will offer a number of new features, including co-operative play, camera fixes, musical elements and permanent choice-driven gameplay.
It will be available on Wii, Xbox 360, PS3, PC and Mac later this year. A separate 3DS tie-in is also in the works.
Watch a trailer for Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two below: