Alice: Madness Returns now has a release date, and it’s June 14th, 2011. Currently in development by McGee’s studio, Spicy Horse, Alice: Madness Returns is the long-awaited sequel to 2000′s American McGee’s Alice, and will be available for PlayStation 3, XBox 360, and PC.
That’s still a bit of a wait, but for those of us that loved the first game and are really looking forward to the new one (or just love the gorgeous artwork, in general), Spicy Horse has teamed up with Dark Horse to publish The Art of Alice, a 184 page hardcover book full of the vision and art behind Alice: Madness Returns this May. And, you know, I really feel like there’s some sort of horse-related fast-food chain restaurant menu item joke to be made here, but damned if I know what it is.
Anyway, Kotaku has a good-sized gallery of preview pages up today, and it all looks stunning – which is not unexpected, of course, considering who we’re dealing with here.
Alice: Madness Returns takes place 11 years after a terrible fire and the deaths of her parents left her insane (which is how many years have actually passed between the releases of the two games – nice touch, guys), and Alice has been released from the Rutledge Asylum into the care of a London shrink. She’s not exactly on the mend mentally, though, and retreats back to her fantasy world of Wonderland in hopes of finding some comfort. Instead, she finds it’s been warped by her madness again, and a great evil is taking over. Much like the first, AMR will be a third person action horror game using melee weapons like the Vorpal Blade (and a Teapot Cannon, and while I’m not exactly clear on what that is, I think I would like one for my very own, anyway), and some magical abilities and puzzles to work with, too. But perhaps the best part will be getting to poke around American McGee’s twisted vision of Wonderland, meeting strange versions of Lewis Carroll’s beloved characters and soaking up the mad atmosphere and wrongness.