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.

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