Spicy Horse developing new Oz game

Spicy Horse founder American McGee has always been enamored with fractured children's tales. Twice, he took Alice through a warped version of Wonderland, and he is working on a third installment. But he is also looking at bringing a new vision of The Wizard of Oz to life.

American McGee's Oz was cancelled back in 2004 (the image above is concept art), but the developer already is working on something new in the land of the Munchkins. "This is not, in any way, shape or form, the title from 2004," Spicy Horse Community Manager Kelly Heckman told Joystiq. "It will be based on the entire Oz series--almost all 14 titles--so expect to see unique things not seen in previous incarnations."

The game is so early in planning that a genre has not yet been decided, or whether it will be digital only or boxed. About the only thing that is established is that Spicy Horse will develop it cross-platform for PC, Mac, Linux and tablets.

The company is planning a crowdfunding campaign for the game, as well as one for the next trip to Wonderland, Alice: Otherworlds--providing he can secure the rights from publisher Electronic Arts.