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EA confirms American McGee's Alice 2

EA confirms American McGee's Alice 2

Electronic Arts has formally announced Alice: Madness Returns.

Electronic Arts has officially announced a new game, Alice: Madness Returns, confirming it as a sequel to American McGee's Alice - a game about Alice, by American McGee.

The first Alice was a grim retelling of the Alice in Wonderland stories, with Alice cast as a mentally unstable goth struggling to deal with her own fantasy world. Madness Returns is set pick up on a similar note, albeit a decade afterwards.

"After spending a decade institutionalized in an insane asylum, [Alice] is finally released to the care of a psychiatrist who just may be able to help her conquer the nightmarish hallucinations that still haunt her," reads the official press release.

"Alice embarks on a mission to root out the true cause of her family’s mysterious death, jumping from a gloomy and stark London to a rich and provocative Wonderland."

American McGee's new studio, Spicy Horse Games, is definitely attached to the title and the game is set for a 2011 release on PC, PlayStation and Xbox 360.

Alice is a classic fiction, infinitely rich with memorable characters, places and experiences. Our approach to Alice: Madness Returns takes this colorful world and reinvents it with psychotic personalities and pervasive insanity,” said American McGee, who got started as a level designer for id games.

We can’t wait to share our vision with Alice in Wonderland fans and gamers around the world.

Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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mi1ez 21st July 2010, 10:46 Quote
Could be good. Can't wait to see gameplay and a demo!
Bad_cancer 21st July 2010, 10:56 Quote
I really like the atmosphere and the concepts in the first one. And the music...It really creeped me out.
I'd love it if this one is as good as the first :D
(And I hope for a better ending than the first one too :()
Noob4ever 21st July 2010, 11:38 Quote
id love to see em include a repackaged first game, thatso ne of the ones I never got around to, but have always meant to lol
maximus09 21st July 2010, 11:57 Quote
I thought the first game also had a great atmosphere and it was really dark, I was actually hoping Tim Burton would get some influences from this game, but alas he made a lame movie instead, not being as dark as it should have been :(
Denis_iii 21st July 2010, 12:05 Quote
watch a CG youtube clip on this, was well freaky!!!
I remember the original, not great and bloody hard on quake engine so am very excited for this!
ChaosDefinesOrder 21st July 2010, 12:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by maximus09
I thought the first game also had a great atmosphere and it was really dark, I was actually hoping Tim Burton would get some influences from this game, but alas he made a lame movie instead, not being as dark as it should have been :(

There was a movie adaptation of the first game in the making with Sarah Michelle Gellar as Alice but it was cancelled. I think the director died or something.

Burton was making his version either just after or at the same time...
V3ctor 21st July 2010, 13:21 Quote
Never heard of this game or the prequel until now... :/
Phil Rhodes 21st July 2010, 15:58 Quote
The original was one of the more original and interesting pieces of thinking that computer games have ever provoked, so I very much doubt they'll be able to come up with anything worthwhile now, in a world where everything has to be suitable for six year olds who barely know how to grasp their xbox controllers.
pimonserry 21st July 2010, 20:09 Quote
The original was weird. I think I only played a demo.
hyperion 21st July 2010, 22:34 Quote
Loved the first one. Looking at the teaser on the official site, it seems they're going for a more "horror" approach. I hope they still manage to create a strong atmosphere like the first one and not just rely on formulated scaring methods.

Wiki says copies of the original game are selling for over $100.
Bauul 21st July 2010, 22:48 Quote
I absolutely loved the first one, even contributed to the walkthrough on Planet Alice back when it existed. The level design was simply awe-inspiring, and the dilogue was just outstanding, some wicked quotes. What other game would describe your run-of-the-mill double damage powerup thus:

"How fine you look when dressed in rage. Your enemies are fortunate that your condition is not permanent. And you're lucky too: Red eyes suit so few."
Toploaded 22nd July 2010, 02:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Denis_iii
watch a CG youtube clip on this, was well freaky!!!
I remember the original, not great and bloody hard on quake engine so am very excited for this!

It was on the first generation unreal engine. I loved it, have high hopes for this unexpected follow up.
Faulk_Wulf 22nd July 2010, 05:20 Quote
Oh hell yes! Bring it on.
The only games I owned for YEARS was this and the Half-Life series,
and it was MORE then enough to keep me into PC gaming.
I was stoked when I heard about the movie project ages ago too.
And that Sarah Michelle Gellar was going to be Alice. (Buffy / Grudge)
Not because she was the "best" for the role,
but because she knows her way around demons and scary ****.
So again: Hell yes. Bring it on.
Blademrk 22nd July 2010, 10:36 Quote
AMG's Alice was one of the games I always wanted to play but never got around to.
crudbreeder 20th April 2011, 10:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Toploaded
Quote:
Originally Posted by Denis_iii
watch a CG youtube clip on this, was well freaky!!!
I remember the original, not great and bloody hard on quake engine so am very excited for this!

It was on the first generation unreal engine. I loved it, have high hopes for this unexpected follow up.

It was on the Quake 3 engine actually, one of the very first Q3-engine licensees.
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