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Lesser-known episodic American McGee project Grimm is now on Greenlight

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American McGee and his studio Spicy Horse are apparently big fans of, well, their own fans. Their fans' ability to make projects a thing, to be specific. Spicy Horse is perhaps one of the most prolific developers on Kickstarter, with current wish-I-was-real concept Alice: Otherlands in its final week of crowdfunding. So what's the news now? This time, its venturing into Greenlight territory, hoping to rejuvenate an old project, Grimm, with new found relevance through Steam.


Spicy Horse's next project is OZombie, currently asking for $950K on Kickstarter

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He's been doing a lot of thinking on what a possible Alice sequel would entail, but apparently that didn't pan out, because American McGee is now seeking Kickstarter backers for a different project. His studio, Spicy Horse, has today put forward its concept for OZombie, a Wizard of Oz-inspired thing that's been predictably put through McGee's hideously mutilating Cuisinart of a development process. The accompanying video sure is... something.


Akaneiro: Demon Hunters now has early access status on Steam

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American McGee latest fairytale mashup—in this case, a cocktail of Red Riding Hood infused with a feudal Japan flavor—is now playable on Steam through its Early Access program. With the free-to-play Akaneiro: Demon Hunters having undergone a successful Kickstarter campaign, it may seem weird to pay $10 for the privilege of playing the Steam beta, but Spicy Horse swears you'll get some cool stuff out of this deal.


Here's what American McGee has in mind for a possible third Alice game

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The third installment of Alice is something our favorite demented childhood-ruiner has been thinking over for awhile, and it's clear he's been thinking deep. American McGee's just spilled a bunch of ideas in a Q&A on Alice: Otherlands' Facebook page, and despite not yet having a publishing deal, it seems he's already got some dark ideas brewing—such as an online integration. Oh my. How will this non-fairy-tale end?


Spicy Horse's Next Game is Hell Invaders

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Banishment to Hell's deepest, fieriest pits? We wouldn't have expected any less of gaming's own Master of the Dark Arts, American McGee. But as a collectible card game/RTS hybrid? Okay, that's a little different. McGee's studio Spicy Horse announced its new game today, the tentatively and unsubtly titled Hell Invaders. If the first screenshots are anything to go by, there's enough fire and brimstone here to last a lifetime of damnation—and all contained conveniently in card form, too!


American McGee: EA wanted to "trick" gamers with Alice: Madness Returns trailers

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In a Reddit AMA thread, Alice designer American McGee stated that the horror tone in early Alice: Madness Returns videos wasn't his choice, and that EA used its control over trailer production company Shy the Sun to manipulate the game's advertising against his will.


American McGee: Akaneiro is "100 percent finished," developer "not out of money"

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The Kickstarter page for free-to-play ARPG Akaneiro: Demon Hunters stated that American McGee's studio, Spicy Horse, ran "out of time and money" for final polishing. McGee evidently took umbrage with the media focus on that line, clarifying to Kotaku today that Akaneiro is "100 percent finished" and Spicy Horse has money to spare.


Free-to-play ARPG Akaneiro: Demon Hunters gets a Kickstarter, open beta to start this month

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Spicy Horse, the Shangai developer founded by American McGee (of Quake and Alice fame), says it's "out of time and money" to finish polishing its free-to-play ARPG, Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. Money buys time, or is time, or something like that, so McGee is asking for $200,000 on Kickstarter to port the PC/Mac game to tablets, build in co-op multiplayer, add an equipment crafting system, hire dedicated community managers, and bulk up the game with other, smaller features before release.


EA, Cryptic, Riot discuss "dead" subscription models, free-to-play's influence

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GamesIndustry sat down with members of various studios for a lengthy exploration into the industry's shifting perception of freemium game development, the climbing popularity of free-to-play MMO subscription models, and the shaky balancing act between "money-grabs" and quality free ventures. EA (Battlefield Play4Free), Cryptic Studios (Star Trek Online), Riot Games (League of Legends), and 22 Cans (Curiosity) shared their thoughts on the steady-yet-rocky proliferation of free content.

American McGee reveals Akaneiro, a free-to-play action RPG - trailer inside

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Veteran PC developer American McGee (of Alice and id Software fame) has unveiled Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. It's an isometric ARPG about Little Red Riding Hood fighting demons in feudal Japan. If none of that sounds interesting at all, you might just be a lost cause.


Alice: Madness Returns review

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Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is a novel in which anything might happen. Alice: Madness Returns is a sumptuous but mechanically simple third-person action game in which just about everything does.


Alice: Madness Returns trailer contains platforming, magical hyper violence

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Another trailer for macabre platformer Alice: Madness Returns has been released. This one shows off more in-game footage than we saw in the GDC and combat trailers. It also features a gorgeous floating playing card level and some kind of 2D illustration inspired platform sequence. Alice: Madness Returns is released on the June 14 for the US and the June 16 in the UK.


Alice: Madness Returns GDC trailer gets stabby

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The new Alice: Madness Returns trailer shows exactly what happens when teapots go bad. They grow giant red eyeballs and have to be smacked around with a kitchen knife until they explode. Alice: Madness Returns is out on June 14.

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Alice: Madness Returns release date announced

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Alice: Madness Returns is set to come out on June 14 this year. CVG got confirmation from EA in a behind closed doors event at GDC. The game's being made by Spicy Horse and will again be set in a vision of Wonderland warped by mental illness. Expect weirdy-beardy eyeball monsters and buckets of gore. For a glimpse of the sequel's strange and disturbing world, check out the latest Alice: Madness Returns trailer.


Alice: Madness Returns trailer features knives and apocalyptic butterflies

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American McGee's Alice was a strange, strange game. It put a macabre and often disturbing twist on the Alice in Wonderland tale. Judging from the brand new trailer, the sequel, Alice: Madness Returns will be just as warped and brilliant as the original.


Alice: Madness Returns

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This is a sort of scary trailer for Alice: Madness Returns, the next installment in the Alice-in-wonderland-but-everything's-screwed-up saga. It's not as scary as the last one, which was just Alice letting teeth sail out of her mouth on a sea of blood, but it is kinda scary.


Alice: Madness Returns announced

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Remember American McGee's Alice? If not, flick to page 120 in our latest issue to refresh your memory. EA have just announced a sequel, called Alice: Madness Returns, and it looks a lot less blocky and just as thoroughly disturbing.