Rumours squashed: American McGee’s Spicy Horse studio is not closing down

American McGee has denied claims his Shanghai-based development studio Spicy Horse is closing down. A post to Chinese social media platform Weibo announced “Spicy Horse to close this week, thanks for the three years”, but McGee was quick to dismiss the rumour.

Alice: Otherlands

Alice: Otherlands

“We are not closing,” McGee told Player Attack.

[Someone] posted this on Chinese social media after we let some people go. Our studio remains, in the same location, with a core team who will pivot away from F2P mobile games.

The last big release from Spicy Horse was Alice: Madness Returns, published by EA in 2011. Since then, the studio has gone totally independent, releasing seven free-to-play games in five years, but McGee acknowledges that the F2P space has become “quite brutal”, so it’s time for a change. The core team remaining at the studio is already working on new projects, which should be announced “soon”.

In addition to his video game work and the Alice: Otherlands movie project, McGee has also created Mysterious, a line of limited edition dark, fairy tale-inspired accessories including this glorious Red Hood Bag.

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