American McGee incubating new project

The creator of the twisted world of a mad Alice blogs that he's ready to get going with a brand-new, full-budget game.

American McGee, founder of Spicy Horse and creator of the twisted reimagining of Alice in Wonderland, has sent out a call to arms for staff for his next project, which he describes as an "Unreal Engine 3 based, big publisher, multi-platform, twisted tale project."

Writing on his personal blog, American McGee states that the game will be starting preproduction soon, and his Shanghai-based company is consequently seeking a wide variety of bods to work on it.

Not surprisingly for so early on in the project, McGee's being fairly tight-lipped about it all. But he does say that the project is likely to be different to the episodic format followed in Grimm, a 24-episode series McGee plans to digitally distribute over GameTap in 2008.

Of the new project, he says, "This is going to be a world-class product, and we're hoping to attract some world-class talent to the team. If you've liked what you've seen/heard about Grimm or were a fan of Alice, then you'll not want to miss a chance to work on this project."

American McGee's Alice saw the heroine of the original Lewis Carroll story all grown up and gone completely insane from her strange childhood experiences, fighting to claw her way back to sanity while trapped in a world of her own imagination.

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poordude1089
poordude1089

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poordude1089
poordude1089

To be honest I'd be perfectly happy with a remake of Alice in Unreal Engine 3, plus I know alot of gamers that are just starting out and don't even know who American McGee is, so something to show them what an American McGee games is about would be cool. Doubt they'd appreciate it properly though because they're the type that wont touch games that dont have the most cutting edge graphics and online play. But something original coming from McGee would be equally, if not more, amazing.

NinjaFoot
NinjaFoot

Does anyone honestly care about what McGee is making these days? Ever since Alice his games have been crap. Yet when he is making another game it still qualifies as 'news'. Must be a slow news day.

Mothkin
Mothkin

yea, me too. Alice was just the most immersive and creepy fanatsy worlds i had ever seen. iv played it... god, i dunno, like 5 times, and it never gets old. i hope they make another one just as awsome.

Dust24311
Dust24311

I'd like the Alice experience again... that was one of my favorite games in 2002. I've replayed the game about 3 times since then.

dr_moreau
dr_moreau

*refuses to get excited over empty promises*

loneraver1
loneraver1

Hey American, How about finishing making a game first....Then you can start a new one. huh?

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

Hope he can deliver as we need some games from left field occasionally!

Vash67
Vash67

The phrase "full budget" is giving me hope. EA shelled out some money and Aice was a great game. With Enlight publishing Bad Day LA and Scrapland, you got 2 games which aren't anywhere near perfect. So I've got to think that if he can get enough money, we should expect a pretty awesome game.

nintendorocks
nintendorocks

Honestly, I'm not a big fan of American McGee. He has some great ideas. But they are not usually executed very good. I mean, Bad Day in LA was just plain terrible.

gr8jedimaster
gr8jedimaster

I hope it's something fairy tale-ish. I've given up on Oz and I don't think we'll ever see it, but that could be a good thing. Maybe he's working on something completely original. I loved Alice, but I don't think putting a gothic spin on another children's story would be as cool. Time for something new.

Priest57
Priest57

Too bad that Bad Day L.A. didn't live up to its expectations, just read the review, never realized how flawed the game was. I still have faith in McGee though since my first impression of him was with his work on Alice.

Litchie
Litchie

Hope it will be something this time. I loved Alive.

Generic_Dude
Generic_Dude

@priest57: LOL, it came out. Check out the review for more info.

etmaul
etmaul

Alice....ahhhh what great memories of that game! I'd have to say that is one of the few that I could not stop playing because it was so well done! As for Bad Day L.A., not a very good game, it was kinda like GTA but when I played the demo I was like, been there done that. American McGee, in my opinion needs to go back to his dark side of fairy tales and Wizard of Oz would be awesome!

Priest57
Priest57

American McGee's Alice was one great game, I hope he's planning on making his version of The Wizard of Oz! Whatever happened to Bad Dady L.A., I was looking forward to that game?

Rmadilo
Rmadilo

Meh. Why do this guy's never-to-be-made games still get attention?

lamprey263
lamprey263

Jeez, I forgot this game existed, and I always wanted to play it but never got around to it. Anyhow, I hope they decide to port this new one to the consoles.

Androxys
Androxys

actually, American Mcgee's Oz was in development a few years ago, but it was sadly cancelled at some point. Alice was a wonderful game design wise, an artistic masterpiece. I loved it back in 2000, but by my standards today, it's a rather archaic and linear (and boring?) game. it still remains one of the most beautiful games I've ever seen though

Steinin
Steinin

If only he could recreate an Alice-class game...

geebus
geebus

I hope its a sequel to Alice

BigDaddy973
BigDaddy973

Cool he is always creative and twisted. It should be a good game, hopefully for the consoles.

Star_Wars117
Star_Wars117

Lets hope it is not bas bad as bad day LA

VagrantChild24
VagrantChild24

A Wizard of Oz by McGee would be amazing. Every tree would have someone hanging from it in the background. At any rate, I'm glad to hear more from McGee. Alice is a classic game that a lot of people sadly missed. Who doesn't love fairy tales going back to the violent past that most of them really had before Disney cleaned them up?

cichy69
cichy69

@Kh1ndjal "im not too sure why he includes his name in the game title, either." just like Tom Clancy includes his name in the games, or Tony Hawk, or Tiger Woods... or maybe its because he likes to show off his name. Not many people are named American :]

codepunk
codepunk

Wizard of Oz. That would be insane. Do it!

Kh1ndjal
Kh1ndjal

im not too sure why he includes his name in the game title, either.

BringTheBlood
BringTheBlood

andydevilkazama is right. theres a reason John Carmack kicked his ass out of id a long time ago. I liekd Alice, it was a cool idea. But American all washed up.

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BringTheBlood

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WilliamRLBaker
WilliamRLBaker

agreed andydevilkazama i was waiting for his OZ game that never showed up and now im just sick of hearing about him.

andydevilkazama
andydevilkazama

Why is this guy famous again? The only thing he seems to be good at is self promotion. Alice was a boring, formulaic action platformer, all style no substance. His other "projects" are mostly just talk and ideas that don't go anywhere. And yet we keep hearing about what American Mcgee is up to and what American McGee's latest gaming ambitions are. The man is not a real game designer and he doesn't understand games or gamers. He should stop trying to make video games and go design album covers for Dragonforce or something. Leave game design to the people who care about games and don't feel the disgustingly vain need to include their name in the title of every piece of garbage they make.

Thing2
Thing2

I like American's games, they're creative and unique but, they don't have the best track record. I thought Alice was great. And as much as I really, really wanted to like Bad Day L.A., the framerates were horrible to the point of unplayable. I loved the premise but there we no graphics options at all, you couldn't even change the resolution.... Haven't played Grimm so I can't comment on that one. I hope he hits a homerun with this one, I admire him as a developer

QIsForDrTran
QIsForDrTran

I heard about this... I think it's going to be called Vaporware: The Mythical Game. I loved Alice, but this man's projects have a tendency to disappear into thin air. Let's keep our fingers crossed.

SpazH3d
SpazH3d

Awesomeness! I love it when my childhood movies/stories gets a dark and gritty edge. The Oz game got cancelled, i think.

wingchunstudent
wingchunstudent

Can't wait... did the Twisted Land of Oz ever make it to a game?

WulfenMortys
WulfenMortys

Fantastic! It's been way too long since there's been another twisted fairytale to enjoy :) I'm looking forward to finding out more!