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McGee's Alice: Madness Returns Arrives this June

It's been just over ten years since we were first introduced to American McGee's ALICE. Developed by Rogue Entertainment and published by EA, the game dismissed Disney's previous cartoonish attempt at Lewis Carroll's classic novels and took on a more sinister, menacing approach. Using id Tech 3 with a 3rd-person perspective, the setting took place after Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, focusing on an older Alice disconnected from reality after an accidental fire burned down her house with her family still inside.

While the game itself was rich in visuals and storyline, there's no question that American McGee's name helped propel this alternate Alice to the top of the PC gaming charts. After all, McGee was best known for his previous involvement at id Software, working on various aspects of game development-- from level design to actual programming-- on titles such as Doom, Doom II, Quake and Quake 2. Like George Romero and John Carmack, he was literally a star in the PC gaming industry.

Now American McGee returns this summer with the sequel to ALICE, slated to hit the Windows PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on June 14, 2011. Originally revealed last year, ALICE: Madness Returns promises "a deep and rich combat system that will test the powers of Alice's imagination." According to the game's synopsis, Alice is still struggling with the emotional trauma stemming from her family's gruesome death.

"After spending a decade institutionalized in an insane asylum, she is finally released to the care of a psychiatrist who just may be able to help her conquer the nightmarish hallucinations that still haunt her," EA said last July. "Alice embarks on a mission to root out the true cause of her family's mysterious death, jumping from a gloomy and stark London to a rich and provocative Wonderland."

As before, American McGee has designed the sequel, but this time in conjunction with his studio, Spicy Horse. Based on the concept art and a more recent video clip uploaded to the official site, the ALICE sequel promises to be stunning in both gameplay and presentation when it arrives this summer.

Yes Alice, we still love you... eerie smirk and all.

  • dameon51
    that is a scary @$$ picture of Alice
  • restatement3dofted
    SO. FREAKING. EXCITED. AMG's Alice remains one of my favorite games to date, and I can't wait to see the sequel in its polished, final, nightmare-ish glory.
  • Parrdacc
    Was one of my favorite's as well, hope the sequel is just as good.
  • stingstang
    There's a preview of this game on youtube. I screenshotted the picture of her smiling with blood on her face, and was going to make that my background because I thought it looked cool. Turns out it was just too freaking scary! Her face really does just freak me out.
    ...I can't wait to play it!
  • lp231
    I've played the first version and it was awesome. Can't for this to come out!
  • knightmike
    AMGA was a great game and I'm looking forward to AMGA2.
  • datawrecker
    Charlie Sheen, ALICE: Madness Returns. I dont know how I am going to be able to handle all of this crazy goodnees.

  • michaelahess
    One of the best games of all time, this and DNF. They best live up to their predecessors!
  • belardo
    This girl has many many issues.

    She'd be freaky in bed.
  • belardo
    Oh crap! Its an EA title. SecuROM as usual? Sorry EA - No rootkit for you in my machine.