Alice: Madness Returns on PC also includes original Alice

Spicy Horse offering free action platformer from 2000 to those who buy digital edition of new game through EA Store; 360, PS3, PC preorders pack soundtrack.

Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 gamers have known for the past few weeks that they'll be able to pick up a copy of American McGee's classic Alice by purchasing a new copy of Alice: Madness Returns. Today, EA confirmed that PC gamers won't be left out in the cold, announcing that a remastered edition of the original Alice will be offered to those who purchase a digital desktop edition through EA's online store.

PC gamers can also see where Alice's madness started.

Rebranded as the Alice: Madness Returns - the Complete Collection, the digital edition of the game downloaded through EA's store will cost $49.99. The updated version of the original Alice, which received positive reviews upon its release in 2000, will boast an HD graphics upgrade.

EA also announced further Alice: Madness Returns incentives, which will be available for Xbox 360, PS3, and PC gamers. Those who preorder the psychological action platformer through GameStop, Amazon, or the EA Store will receive a downloadable version of the game's soundtrack.

The soundtrack features nine tunes, plus a bonus track from Chris Vrenna, who was formerly a member of industrial rock group Nine Inch Nails. For more on the soundtrack and to download an exclusive tune off of it, check out GameSpot's new interview with composer Jason Tai.

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36 comments
Hastor
Hastor

@anyone arguing whether the original was HD to begin with The original supported resolutions that would be considered HD, just about any polygon based game can be adjusted to higher resolutions. What I'm sure they mean by remastering is that they probably used higher resolution textures, so that the HD will be used better, and you will see more detail, and less blockiness when things get closer. Graphics cards from 2000 didn't have the RAM to store textures of high resolution, so even though the game is generated in HD, the textures don't automatically become more detailed. It could also mean a higher polygon count, but I doubt they went that far.

Atombomb1981
Atombomb1981

It's going to be a very good game, but the fact they offer the first title for PC only when buying digitally from EA Store is completely stupid. I wanted to buy the retail version of the, hoping they would be decent enough to include at least a download code for the original (an actual disc for the original, like in Fear 2 Limited Edition would have been much better, even at higher price). No original game, no additional dresses, but instead a part of the soundtrack doesn't sound very appealing at 49.99.

zidan4000
zidan4000

@r2will2 what does HD stand for ? it stands for resolutions of 1280x720 and above, and I am sure as hell that the older game supports more than that.

r2will2
r2will2

@zidan4000 The original "American McGee's: Alice" was actually not in HD. The game came out just before the HD craze started. It will be nice to see the upgrade as I have the original for the PC and loved it then in SD.

wallydog63
wallydog63

Only one problem. If you try to prebuy it on EA online it tells you that the game is no longer available. Nice going guys.

zidan4000
zidan4000

i don't understand the HD thing , wasn't alice already in HD when it launched years ago on PC?

GGCrew_basic
GGCrew_basic

I already purchase games from a few other digital distributors (Steam, Impulse (before the GameStop acquisition), GOG) - I don't want to join yet another digital distribution service. While I understand the business reason for bundling the original Alice only with the EA Store and not with other services (aka "we're trying to grow our online presence!"), I'm gonna wait to get the game through another channel. It's frustrating - because I don't want to join yet another service, because I don't want to share my personal info with yet another company (especially with the current PSN fiasco) - I feel like I'm getting cheated by paying the same price for Alice: Madness Returns but getting less (no original Alice).

newhighscore
newhighscore

nice. wish more companies would do stuff like this.

Psycho_Hands
Psycho_Hands

I guess I found another reason why I should buy this game.

RobertBowen
RobertBowen

Luckily I still have my original copy of Alice, so I can safely ignore all this EA shenanigans and pick up the Madness from elsewhere. *wags finger* This new outing had better be good, EA, or that rocket-launching teapot will end up somewhere that the sun don't shine.

PS_Family
PS_Family

HD upgrade = change the cnfg files to 1920 X 1080

Apofis_SG-1
Apofis_SG-1

Original game is awesome. Finishet it not so long ago, about month ago (for a first time) and it was amazingly interesting. Hope this one be as good as first one.

Pete5506
Pete5506

I haven't played the original Alice in years, should see if I still find my copy

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

@der_spudmeister @afsari123 @Wolf-5 Thanks for the catch! Original comment has been removed.

BloodMist
BloodMist

American McGee's Alice is a modern masterpiece of dark, twisted joy that everybody should experience, much like Madness Returns will also be I'm sure.It's also an infinitely better adaptation, and far more Burtonesque, than the atrocity that is the movie that came out.

max_1111
max_1111

Wow... EA not screwing over PC gamers? What next? Dead Space 2 Severed for --- HAHAH nah nah nah, now i'm just getting carried away...

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

I really liked the first game despite not playing very much of it. Now that they're making a sequel and also bringing the first along for the ride I'm excited to see it. :) I'll pick this one up. If not on release day, I'll get it some time.

syafiqjabar
syafiqjabar

They probably sell the original game on its own elsewhere (like Steam or D2D).

chang_1910
chang_1910

still have the 1st one, LOVED it.. and now on HD, no news to me here thus I`m a console owner :oops: except that they mention what the bonus for pre-order is :) I already pre-ordered mine, but It said to be given at pick-up so I was hoping for a collective, too bad is just the soundtrack. oh well... god, this summer is gonna be crazy, poor pockets

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

@der_spudmeister @afsari123 @Wolf-5 If you check your facts, you'll find that this offer is for the PC version only, and that solely via the EAStore. It is not available for those, like myself, who purchase the retail PC version on disk.

73X
73X

No Steam, no deal.

Draxargh
Draxargh

I buy through Steam as often as I can on the PC, and as often as I can I opt to by the PC version of a game over console. I really hope they clarify or open up this opportunity via Steam, because I would really like to try the original. It grabbed my interest back when I was younger, but I never actually played it.

ShroomyGrl
ShroomyGrl

Why even take the time to add in the original if they're all gonna pirate it anyway

Wolf-5
Wolf-5

@ bozanimal They announced downloadable for consoles. This is confirmation for PC included. Plus they state it in the first sentence.

Wolf-5
Wolf-5

That's really awesome!!! I was going to get the original, now I will just wait and get both in one :D

afsari123
afsari123

@Bozanimal In that article they said it was uncertain if it would come for PC, but with this one they confirmed it.

der_spudmeister
der_spudmeister

@Bozanimal: we knew American McGee's Alice would be included with the 360 and PS3 versions of the game, but there was no word yet on an inclusion for PC. Now we do know. Hence the title. And I'm really looking forward to this :D

s_h_a_d_o
s_h_a_d_o

So let me get this right. Everyone gets a copy of the original game those that pre-order the physical PC version? :?

IndianaPwns39
IndianaPwns39

I'm hoping they release the original Alice separately down the line. I've been irking to play that again but I won't have the cash to pick this up Day 1.

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

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WafflePrime
WafflePrime

Hey a game that is fair across all consoles/systems no "only this console gets this"

EllieStranger
EllieStranger

Well there goes my copy. I only buy PC games through Steam.