Electronic Arts has officially announced that a sequel for American McGee’s Alice, which was a dark and grim retelling of the original Alice in Wonderland stories, is already in the works.
According to the official website, the name of the sequel will be Alice: Madness Returns and it will continue the story of the first game. Here is a summary from the website:
“Eleven years ago a horrific fire took Alice’s family from her and left her terribly burned—and her mind terribly scarred. Afterwards she was confined to Rutledge Asylum, struggling to come to terms with her demons by slipping into her fantasy world of Wonderland. Now, after ten years, she has finally secured her release–yet she still bears the heavy psychological burden of that tragic event.
In Alice: Madness Returns, Alice is released from the asylum to a London psychiatrist’s care. As nightmarish hallucinations continue to haunt her and invade her reality, she seeks to understand her torment in order to recover herself. Her mind in tatters, she is unable to resolve the fear and neuroses prompted by her strange memories, dreams, and visions. Her relocation to London seems only to add to their number and intensity.
Perhaps she’ll do better in Wonderland. She always has. She travels there, seeking what the “real” world can’t provide: security, knowledge, and the truth about the past. But in her absence, Wonderland too has suffered. Something has gone horribly wrong, and now a great evil is descending upon what once was her beautiful refuge.
Can Alice save Wonderland—and herself—from the madness that consumes them both?”
Personally, I am so exciting about this sequel. It seems like it was ages ago that I first played this on the PC and LOVED it. The story was dark, the characters and voice acting were fantastic, especially for the cat. I also loved the crazy children scattered around the world that were hilarious to watch. The colors in the game also added to its charm. So rich and vibrant, they gave a great contrast to how dark and sadistic the plot was. American McGee’s Alice truly was one of the best games EVER created. Let’s hope the sequel can live up to expectations!
Alice: Madness Returns is slated for release in 2011 on the PC, Xbox 360, and PS3.