American McGee has seemed quite content frolicking in the land of free-to-play and social games with the likes of Akaneiro: Demon Hunters and BigHead Bash, but one can't resist the call of teapots and pretty dresses for long. The Spicy Horse head is mooting the idea of Kickstarting a third Alice game, if he can land the rights. Oh Alice, what ever have you got yourself into now?
McGee took to Facebook yesterday with two questions. "If we could get the rights from EA, would you play 'Alice 3?'" he asked fans, and would they back such a project on Kickstarter?
"If you said 'yes' to those two things, make some noise - I'm trying to gauge interest in case I happen to discuss this with EA during GDC in 2 weeks. The more interest there is, the more seriously they'll take the conversation."
Alice: Madness Returns seemed to wrap things up nicely and relatively happily, but then so did the first game, only for Alice to then suffer problems with sexual abuse and a pedophilic pimp. How can things turn sour for Alice again in a third game? Well, a drawing McGee shared alongside the questions does bear a striking resemblance to the popular image of Jack the Ripper piercing the London fog. A rather unpleasant chap was saucy Jack.
Spicy Horse has already run a successful Kickstarter for Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, raising $204,680 in February to expand the free-to-play action-RPG with features like co-op. Nostalgic Kickstarters are pret-ty popular nowadays, so Alice could do well too.
American McGee did comment in March 2011 that he didn't see Spicy Horse's future laying in "triple-A console games." He said the studio would transition into free-to-play after the release of Madness Returns, and indeed it did! But you can't forget those dresses, those beautiful dresses.