Alice: Madness Returns, finally!

American McGee asks: “You HAVE seen this, right?” Alice: Madness Returns took the spotlight at this morning’s EA press event, just a week after I lamented how long it had been since we’d heard anything from the franchise.

While many had seen the title in the works and surmised this would be a sequel, I personally had my hopes set on the fabled next-gen remake we’ve been promised for years… this one will just have to fill the void.

To bring you up to speed, poor Alice lost her family in a horrific fire eleven years ago, which left her terribly burned (and her mind terrbily scarred). She was later committed to Rutledge Asylum, where she slipped into a fantasy world – Wonderland – as a way of trying to cope with her demons.

After ten years of treatment, she’s finally ready to be released – but something’s still not quite right with her mind.

Released from the asylum into the care of a London psychiatrist, Alice is still haunted by nightmarish hallucinations. The move to the big city has added still more intense strange memories, dreams and visions, leaving her already-broken mind even more traumatised. While she’s trying to understand her torment in order to recover, progress is slow.

She’s always done better in Wonderland though – so maybe it’s worth travelling there? It might contain the security she seeks, and may answer some questions about her past…

…but Wonderland has suffered in Alice’s absence – something has gone terribly wrong – evil has descended upon her once-beautiful refuge.

Can Alice save Wonderland (and herself!) from the all-consuming madness which threatens them both?
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The project is being developed by Spicy Horse, American McGee’s Chinese-based studio, in conjunction with EA Partners. The man himself commented on the game more than a year ago:

“This new project is a dream come true for me and the fans who’ve kept the Alice flame alive. EA gave us creative latitude and support on the original game which resulted in something beautiful and daring. This trip through the looking glass promises to be even more exciting.”

Alice: Madness Returns is headed to PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 – and more details are sure to follow, soon! (In the meantime, we have a whole bunch of screenshots and artwork to share with you – check ’em out!)

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