American McGee launches OZombie Kickstarter

It appears American McGee and his team at Spicy Horse are not waiting around to see if he can secure the rights to the Alice franchise for a new...

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It appears American McGee and his team at Spicy Horse are not waiting around to see if he can secure the rights to the Alice franchise for a new game. The company is moving forward with the other game it has been working on, set in a steampunk version of Oz.

The Shanghai-based developer launched a Kickstarter campaign for OZombie, and is hoping to raise $950,000. The predominantly single-player game stars Dorothy's great-great-granddaughter, who joins up with the Tinman and the Lion "to battle Scarecrow's mindless army for control of Oz." Very loosely based on L. Frank Baum's books, the game will treat Oz as an island set in the Pacific. Many of the traditional races will be included, such as Munchkins, Gillikins, Quadlings and Winkiesl, but the theme of the game suggests they will look no where near the way Baum may have envisioned them.

The game will be developed for PC, Mac, Linux and next-gen tablets.

The Kickstarter will run a bit longer than most, ending on Augugst 5. This isn't the first game Spicy Horse has crowdfunded, as it turned to the audience to complete funding for its last game Akaneiro: Demon Hunters, which was critically panned.

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    June 25, 2013 4:00 PM

    John Keefer posted a new article, American McGee launches OZombie Kickstarter.

    It appears American McGee and his team at Spicy Horse are not waiting around to see if he can secure the rights to the Alice franchise for a new...

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      June 25, 2013 4:17 PM

      Dumb idea, annoying dude, and scrolled through the video and just had a "wtf" thought throughout.

      Good luck, but pass.

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        June 25, 2013 4:34 PM

        Ouch I couldn't watch that, even scrubbing through it was too much,

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      June 25, 2013 5:01 PM

      I'm a sucker for crazy art design worlds so this looks kinda awesome

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      June 25, 2013 6:30 PM

      I believe in American McGee. Alice was great. Many crowdsourcing developers think they have to make a wacky Kickstarter video that they think is funny, but just isn't. I'd rather have American skip all the drag queen obsessive fans crap and tell us about Oz. Not every developer can be funny on film like Tim Schaefer, remember that if you're ever okaying a project promo script.

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      June 25, 2013 8:05 PM

      "...set in a steampunk version of Oz."

      Lost me right there, Mr. Burton.

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      June 25, 2013 8:14 PM

      I enjoyed both Alice games quite a bit and would like to see more from them even if it is in another universe.

      Honestly I think I'd prefer this over a new Alice game anyway.

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      June 25, 2013 8:35 PM

      It's wizard of oz with zombies! So creative!

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      June 25, 2013 9:00 PM

      Talk about some serious "collector edition" tiers. Pricey, though.

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      June 26, 2013 10:19 AM

      I don't see this one making that crazy amount. Their video is trying too hard to be funny and not really showing me anything I want. Tim Schaefer is the only one that can pull this off...