American McGee is once again hoping to return to the Alice series of games, but EA has yet to agree to finance or even greenlight a third game. While it was his name used on American McGee’s Alice, EA has always controlled the franchise.
“Fresh off the success of “Out of the Woods” on Kickstarter American McGee will start work on a proposal for the next chapter in Alice’s adventures, tentatively titled Alice: Asylum,” McGee wrote on his blog. “This proposal will include artwork, design outline, and financial/business model. When this proposal is finished (and assuming all the numbers and constraints make sense) it’ll be sent to EA.”
Interested players can sign up for the mailing list on the page to keep up with new developments, but it’s worth noting that this is one person saying he’s going to start working on a proposal that might make sense enough to send to EA, who may or may not say yes to continuing the series. A lot of things have to go right for this to move forward, and many things could go wrong during any of those steps.
McGee has brought up his hopes for a third Alice game many times, and has sometimes used it as an incentive for people to support his other games.
“I need YOUR help to keep my studio running so that we can someday build another Alice game,” he wrote on Facebook in 2015, stating that EA has some interest in the project. “That means I need your help to support our other games, including Chains of Darkness, so that we can stay in business and continue working towards a new Alice game.”
You gotta play his game, he argued, for the good of the third Alice game.
“So, please, for me, for my studio, and for Alice, consider lending your support to my other games,” he continued. “Chains of Darkness is FREE. And all I ask is that you download it, rate it (5-Stars would be nice), and give it a nice review. This will not cost you a dime, but will go a long way towards helping me to make more Alice games in the future.”
McGee’s studio, Spicy Horse, had more recently fallen on rocky times. He denied the company was closing down in a Facebook post from March of 2016.
“We reduced staff earlier this week, but the studio remains and will continue to support existing and recently launched titles,” he wrote. “We'll be pivoting away from F2P mobile games. More news on next titles coming soon.”
In July of the same year he posted that the studio was reduced to six people and he was shutting down the Shanghai offices while continuing to work on future projects on his boat.
McGee is currently accepting Paypal donations for pre-production work on the hypothetical third Alice game.