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.
“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.