American McGee's Grimm gets greenlit on Steam

American McGee is getting ready to invade your screens once again, as new game Grimm is officially greenlit on Steam. The episodic adventure from Spicy Horse is inspired by the classic tales of Jack and the Beanstalk, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, among others – there are 23 episodes in total!

Once upon a time, we’re reminded, “fairy tales were valuable cautionary yarns filled with dire warnings and sage advice”. Somewhere across the pages of history, that’s been lost, with today’s stories so watered down that the true meaning and purpose has faded. McGee and his team in Shanghai have set out to change all that.

Experience an incredible adventure built around the world’s best-known fairy tales. As Grimm, you will transform the classic tales of Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, and more of your favorites into darkly twisted Grimm versions of themselves in 23 episodes. Each game episode is centered around one of the world’s best-known fairy tales and provides 30 minutes of gameplay. Each episode is a complete, standalone experience and the episodes can be played in any order.

If this sounds familiar, there’s a good reason for it. Grimm – the debut title for developer Spicy Horse – was originally launched online through GameTap back in 2008. Since then, McGee’s been thinking – on and off – about how to get more people to play the acclaimed title. A release for Xbox Live was considered, but when Steam Greenlight appeared, it only took a little convincing for the studio to try its luck.

Of course, being Greenlit doesn’t guarantee that we’ll be seeing Grimm on (virtual) shelves any time soon, just that when it’s ready, it will appear on Steam. Given that the game’s already finished, and shouldn’t require too many tweaks to overcome five years of technological updates, we’re hoping we won’t be waiting long.

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