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American McGee's Alice: Otherlands film campaign reaches funding goal

American McGee's campaign to fund the 3D-animated short films based on Alice: Otherlands, the planned third installment in McGee's Alice series, ended successfully over the weekend, raising $222,377 and surpassing the Kickstarter project's minimum target of $200,000. This concludes McGee's 20-day campaign to create a series of short films that will eventually lead to a possible big screen adaptation. The film campaign was announced after McGee cancelled an earlier Kickstarter bid to developer a new title called OZombie in order to campaign for the Otherlands films. Funds will be used to acquire the film rights and development of the series of short films. According to McGee, the Otherlands series will conclude the story put forward in the first two games of the series, American...

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American McGee launches Kickstarter for Alice: Otherlands animated series

Developer American McGee launched a Kickstarter campaign today to fund the acquisition of the film rights and development of a series of short animated films based on the Alice property. Speaking in a video posted to the Kickstarter campaign (above), McGee said that he has always seen the Alice series as a trilogy and, while the first two Alice adventures were in the form of video games (American McGee's Alice and Alice: Madness Returns), he intends to complete the trilogy through short films. The animated short(s) will be based on the story of Alice: Otherlands, the third installment in McGee's Alice series. According to the campaign, Alice: Otherlands will see Alice leveraging her superhero-like power to invade the minds of others in 1875 London. McGee hinted in the campaign video...

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American McGee to raise funds for Alice film rights through OZombie's Kickstarter campaign

American McGee, head of Alice: Madness Returns developer Spicy Horse, wants to secure the film rights to the Alice series and is tying that $500,000 fundraising effort into the current OZombie Kickstarter campaign, according to an update on the game's Kickstarter blog. Spicy Horse entered into an agreement with Collision Entertainment, which controls the film rights to the Alice series. Although the deal is recent, the companies may have been in contact for years. IGN reported in 2007 that the companies were working on a film based on American McGee's Alice with Sarah Michelle Geller to play the lead. The new deal totals $500,000 in payments from Spicy Horse to Collision. The first payment of $100,000 would "secure the option" to the rights and would also allow the developer to...

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American McGee's OZombie explores the zombie as a conformist in society

American McGee's OZombie — an action-adventure game his studio Spicy Horse is currently trying to fund through Kickstarter — will explore the concept of a zombie as a figure of conformity, according to the developer. Speaking to Polygon, McGee said that OZombie will follow in the footsteps of his previous titles like Alice: Madness Returns and Akaneiro: Demon Hunters by taking an existing tale and delving into the deeper layers of its fiction and subtext. In the case of OZombie, the game will explore the social, political and religious concepts that were raised in the L. Frank Baum Oz books, and present players with a kind of zombie not commonly used in video games. "These are not your traditional brain-eating zombies," McGee said. "The idea of a zombie here has to do with the...

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Hell Invaders headed to mobile from Spicy Horse and DeNA

Hell Invaders, developer Spicy Horse's real-time strategy/card game mashup, is headed to mobile devices courtesy of DeNA, the companies announced in a joint statement today. The mobile version of Hell Invaders will use DeNA's Mobage social platform, which runs on both iOS and Android. Though the companies didn't announce release dates or platforms, those details and the game's official title will be "revealed soon," according to a press release. "We here at Spicy Horse are really looking forward to our partnership with DeNA on Hell Invaders," said Spicy Horse studio head American McGee. "It's not very often we get a chance to suck magic knowledge of successful development directly from the brains of such awesome hosts. Combining their DNA with our already bizarre flaming horse form...

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Online pass and DLC prices cut for EA titles like Bulletstorm, Dragon Age, Mass Effect 2 and more on 360 (update)

Electronic Arts cut prices for online passes and DLC for several games on Xbox Live Marketplace, according to each product's online listings. Items that previously retailed generally between 800 ($10) and 1,200 ($15) Microsoft points and are now free, as NeoGAF user MMaRsu pointed out in a recent thread. Discounted games (with links to their listings in the Xbox Live Marketplace) include: Alice: Madness Returns Battlefield: Bad Company 2 VIP Bulletstorm Online Pass Dragon Age: Origins - The Stone Prisoner DLC Dragon Age 2: The Black Emporium DLC Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning Online Pass Mass Effect 2 Cerberus Network Medal of Honor Online Pass Need for Speed: Shift 2 Unleashed Online Pass Skate 3 Skate Share Pack The discounts appear to be exclusive to the Xbox 360...

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American McGee is weighing up interest in a new Alice game

Veteran game designer American McGee is taking to Facebook to weigh up interest in seeing the creation of a new game in his well-known Alice series. While EA currently own the rights to the games, McGee took to the social networking site and queried fans over whether they would support a Kickstarter campaign for the development of Alice 3 and if they would play the game in the case of McGee receiving the rights from the publisher to begin development. McGee hopes through drumming up interest in a third title, EA will find the proposition more attractive when he meets with the publisher's executive later this month at GDC. McGee recently went public with criticisms against EA marketing, describing his experience with the sector during the development and distribution of Alice:...

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American McGee apologizes for EA marketing comments, muses on developer-publisher relationship

Alice: Madness Returns creative director American McGee apologized today for disparaging comments he made toward Electronic Arts' marketing tactics, while ruminating on the tension between developers and publishers. In a Reddit AMA earlier this week, McGee charged that Madness Returns publisher Electronic Arts "wanted to trick gamers" by marketing the game as a horror title geared toward hardcore gamers — a misrepresentation of the game, according to McGee. EA worked with an outside marketing agency, Shy the Sun, for Madness Returns. McGee called the company "fantastic in terms of creativity and capability," citing its "wow!"-worthy trailers for the game. But he said "what was frustrating was how EA Marketing interfered" with the vision for Madness Returns that he and his team at...

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Akaneiro: Demon Hunters — a world of expectations

Perhaps it's because he used to work at id Software, the studio best known for being the father of the first-person shooter. Perhaps it's because he's been credited on the likes of Doom 2, Quake and Quake 2 — some of the best-selling and most-loved shooters. Or maybe it's because his contribution to Electronic Art's games was seen as so important his name was put on the front of every box. It wasn't EA's Alice or EA's Grimm — it was American McGee's Alice. American McGee's Grimm. People expected him to stay at EA, where he no doubt enjoyed the security of working for one of the world's largest publishers. People expect, even twelve years after his departure from EA, that he's rolling in enough funds to start, finish and expand on as many games as he wishes. People are often wrong. ...

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Sony adding nine Ultimate Editions to PSN including Mass Effect 2, Deus Ex: Human Revolution

Nine additional "Ultimate Edition" packages will become available on the PlayStation Store today, and as usual, they'll be discounted for PlayStation Plus members. Sony's Ultimate Editions are bundles of games and all their existing downloadable content, both free and paid, offered at a lower price than the total retail value as determined by Sony. Here are the nine games, all of which are multiplatform titles: Alice: Madness Returns Ultimate EditionRetail value: $31.97; PSN Price: $19.99 ($15.99 for PlayStation Plus members) Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood Ultimate EditionRetail value: $39.99; PSN Price: $27.99 ($22.39 for PlayStation Plus members) Assassin's Creed: Revelations Ultimate EditionRetail value: $53.99; PSN Price: $49.99 ($39.99 for PlayStation Plus members) Deus...

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    • Released 06/14/2011
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
    • Developer Spicy Horse
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    • Released 06/14/2011
    • Publisher Electronic Arts
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