American McGee gauging interest in crowdfunding Alice 3

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?

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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.

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    March 14, 2013 10:30 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, American McGee gauging interest in crowdfunding Alice 3.

    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?

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      March 14, 2013 10:32 AM

      I was dumb and bought the second Alice on a steam sale for $5 without reading it requires an EA account. I was bummed when I started it up and decided not to bother playing it.

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        March 14, 2013 10:31 PM

        I don't recall needing one on the Xbox, was it a PC only thing?

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      March 14, 2013 10:54 AM

      Alice 2 didn't have any of the magic that the original had and was just a mind numbing platformer. I played like 5ish hours the first couple days and never picked it back up.

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        March 14, 2013 10:56 AM

        i got bored halfway through the first one. the backstory was the only thing that interested me.

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          March 14, 2013 11:00 AM

          I remember liking the first one a lot, but I was a lot younger then. Also, it was one of the first games I remember having a setting as whimsical but dark as that. I dunno, it felt like a really good spinoff of the Alice story.

          The second one feels a lot more detached from the main story and doesn't have much character I guess.

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        March 14, 2013 11:00 AM

        I agree sort of it was good but was not like the first it lost the magic but still fun for the most part if you could get over the poor controls and some overly long levels.

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        March 14, 2013 10:20 PM

        The second one was totally forgettable. I have no hope for a 3rd one. Unless it gets amazing reviews, I feel safe ignoring it.

        I also like the first one a lot. I like atmospheric games, and I thought the first one had a lot of atmosphere. The world was intriguing.

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          March 15, 2013 2:14 AM

          I haven't put the disc in my PS3 yet :/ I played it briefly at a 'gaming bar' in Melbourne 18 months back and I didn't like what I played.

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        March 15, 2013 2:36 AM

        Me too. The first game was magical.

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        March 15, 2013 2:50 AM

        The first wasnt great either, it was just a refreshing setting compared to most pc games at the time.

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        March 15, 2013 3:19 AM

        The stuff outside of wonderland was really cool I thought, and brought a fresh angle to it. Momemt-to-moment it wasn't as good as Alice, but I wouldn't say it was a mind numbing game.

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      March 14, 2013 10:59 AM

      Well given how the second game fixed her broken mind sort of it would be hard to have her go fucking nuts again.

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      March 14, 2013 11:02 AM

      Alice did you like Alice?

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      March 14, 2013 12:41 PM

      I would found this in a second I freaking love Alice: Madness Returns it is such a rad game.

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        March 14, 2013 1:05 PM

        Agreed - both games were fantastic!

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        March 14, 2013 10:23 PM

        I share this opinnion. Alice: MR was great

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        March 14, 2013 10:32 PM

        I agree valcan! It slowed a little in the middle, but picked up toward the end, but everything about the art style and atmosphere was fantastic. Also, the platforming was very tight.

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      March 14, 2013 1:01 PM

      I loved the first one. Played at least 15 times. The second one was a huge letdown, gameplay wise and story wise, as well as keyboard/Mouse (and, really, ALL pc options) wise. I would like to see a 3rd, if EA wasnt involved, but I wouldnt plunk my money down on it to fund them for it. They could just come up with yet another console game with a poor port to pc (and, 2 was one of the worst ports I have played).

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      March 14, 2013 5:27 PM

      Loved the first game, second one was just okay. The ice/underwater zone comes to mind. It was awful.

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      March 14, 2013 11:25 PM

      Alice in wonderland is in the public domain, why would you try and get rights? just make another alice in wonderland game and call it American McGee's Mad Hatter or something.

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      March 14, 2013 11:39 PM

      To be soon announced:

      American Mgee's Panty Dentistry, featuring Alilce voiced by Shacknews own Alice O'Connor, part time video game reporter, Full time unrealized comedian.

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        March 14, 2013 11:41 PM

        American Mcgee's Alice: Panty Dentistry

        Was the intended title....

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      March 15, 2013 4:15 AM

      Feel like i already gave money, buying alice2 was charity

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      March 15, 2013 8:05 AM

      GOD YES PLEASE


      I'm not sure where they'll take the story but for the audiovisual magnificence alone it's a must-fund for me :0

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