Take a look at the some of the concept art and screenshots for American McGee’s sequel to cult-hit Alice (released in 2000 to critical acclaim and cult status), and you’ll begin to appreciate the excellent artistry that lends it hand to crafting the fantastical world of Wonderland, envisioning it to be dark, oppressing and sinister, as well as highly surreal and enchanting.
Taking place 11 years after Alice was confined to Rutledge Asylum, American McGee’s sequel (entitled Alice: Madness Returns) – which is being developed by Spicy Horse - the game, as detailed by EA on the official website, is said to encompass Alice’s “psychological burdens”, whilst “nightmarish hallucinations” continue to haunt her as she slips into Wonderland- now also taken over by a marauding evil.
If the game can lovingly render the exceptional, yet terrifying, examples of art that is demonstrated here then it may well be one of the most stylised games of this generation, to which many of us will applaud for individuality. Hopefully, Spicy Horse can expand on the previous game with enough dexterity to deliver on the 2000′s cult appeal. The screens are certainly a good sign of something great to come.
Alice: Madness Returns is a title under the EA Partners label. The game will be released later this year for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.