American McGee’s Alice in Wonderland games have a tight and fierce cult following. They’re so dedicated to the series that it appears they’ve been badgering American McGee for a third installment. The only kicker is, he is not in charge of the game or its development, EA is. After receiving many many many… many, requests and questions for a third game, McGee took to his blog to clear up a few things.
According to the post, fans need to speak to EA as he doesn’t have any form control over the game and can’t even get involved in a crowdfund for the game. At first his post may seem a bit bitchy, but if you consider the sheer volume of requests from all forms of social media, it’s understandable and fair. Here’s what he has to say.
1. EA own, control, and decide the fate of the game rights to Alice. That means any new game must be green-lit, funded, produced, published, and distributed by them.
2. No, EA will NOT allow me (or anyone else) to crowd fund, raise investment for, or otherwise self-develop, self-fund, or self-publish any interactive version of Alice.
3. I HAVE NO CONTROL over the Alice rights, EA’s decision-making process, or anything at all related to Alice, Alice merchandise, Alice adaptations, etc, etc.
4. EA are aware that you’d like a new Alice game and that RJ Berg and I would be happy to assist in the design, writing, and development of such. We simply need to wait until EA think the time is right for a new game.
5. There probably WILL BE another Alice game before we all die, but your requests, ideas, and harebrained schemes to make that happen faster should be sent to EA, not me.
6. No, I cannot put you in touch with “that person” at EA. Tweet at them. That’s what I do.
7. Please, stop asking me this question or questions in general related to a new Alice game. Again, I have no more control over this situation than you do. Tweet at EA. Hope that clears that up.
It sure does clear things up a bit. Having said that, I personally don’t see a third game in the future. Sure it has a cult following, but the sequel wasn’t a big hit and the sales were pretty meh. It’s a long shot, but I wouldn’t hold my breath or bug EA about it.