Horror Video Game Featuring Mickey Mouse Announced After ‘Steamboat Willie’ Enters Public Domain

Katie Francis

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Horror Video Game Featuring Mickey Mouse Announced After ‘Steamboat Willie’ Enters Public Domain

January 1, 2024, marks the first day that the 1928 cartoon “Steamboat Willie” and its version of Mickey Mouse are no longer under copyright protection. Hours after entering public domain, Nightmare Forge has announced a new horror video game featuring Mickey.

Mickey Mouse Horror Video Game

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“Infestation 88” will be a 1-4 player co-op PC game .

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“In the year 1988, what was thought to be an outbreak of rodents in various locations morphed into something far more sinister,” reads the description from Nightmare Forge.

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One of these rodents is clearly inspired by Mickey from “Steamboat Willie.” The game promises “twisted versions of classic characters and urban legends.”

It carries a disclaimer as well:

This game is inspired by works that are now in the public domain. This independent creation has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise endorsed by any original authors of said works. All content in this game is used under appropriate public domain guidelines, and is not affiliated with, related to, or endorsed by any existing intellectual property or trademark holders.

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“Infestation 88” is set to be released sometime in 2024. Steam users can get early access.

Will you play a horror game featuring Mickey Mouse? What do you think about having the iconic character in the public domain? Let us know in the comments.


  • Katie Francis

    Katie is a lover of all theme parks and an avid reader. Her favorite rides are Spaceship Earth and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. You can find her daydreaming of the Florida sun, and you can reach her at katie@wdwnt.com.

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