After two successful titles, the Alice video game franchise, created by American McGee, will not be getting its long-awaited third entry, Alice: Asylum. The unfortunate news comes from McGee himself, who recently announced that Electronic Arts (EA) is no longer interested in creating more titles in the series.
McGee had used the last few years of support to create a design bible for Alice: Asylum and had approached EA with the bible as well as a production plan in hopes of receiving funding. However, after several weeks of review, EA has decided to pass on the project based on an internal analysis of the IP, market conditions, and details of the production proposal.
The Alice franchise began in 2000 with the release of American McGee’s Alice, a third-person action game developed by Rogue Entertainment and published by EA. This was followed by Alice: Madness Returns, which was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in 2011. While the game was developed by a different studio, Spicy Horse, McGee still took over directing duties, with publishing again handled by EA.
Unfortunately, despite the success of the first two games, Alice: Asylum will remain a dream that never came to be. McGee has now set his sights and talent on his family and his business at Mysterious, which creates art and merchandise just as nightmarish as the Alice games he is known for.
The good news is that fans can still look forward to a TV show adaptation of the Alice franchise from X-Men writer and Solid Snake actor David Hayter. While this won’t replace the video game series, it’s still something to look forward to.
The Alice video game franchise has come to an end, but fans can still take solace in the fact that the twisted fairy tale will continue to live on in a TV adaptation. Even though Alice: Asylum will remain a dream that never came to be, the legacy of the two previous titles will live on.