American McGee’s Alice and its sequel Alice: Madness Returns have established themselves as cult classics, with a devoted fanbase crying out for a third game in the psychological horror series.
Good news then, as American McGee himself has only gone and confirmed that a third game is officially in development. It’s called Alice: Asylum, and despite being in the early stages of life, it’s looking just as unsettling as fans could hope for.
American confirmed in a blog post on his site:
American is hard at work on design, art, and story for the next chapter in Alice’s adventures. “Alice: Asylum” will present the story before “American McGee’s Alice,” with young Alice fighting through the trauma of losing her family.
It’s looking like the latest game will be relying on the support of Patreon and the fans, as American goes on to urge those interested to follow the game’s progress on social media.
You can even get “directly involved in the feedback process” via a dedicated Discord Server by supporting the game on Patreon. Backers can also get access to pre-production art, design, and planning this way. There’ll also be a few physical goodies.
It seems to be going pretty well so far, with American taking to Twitter to celebrate the fact that the game has already hit over 3,222 backers on Patreon.
We hit 3222 Patrons! Now you have until Feb 1st, 2019 to take advantage of the White Rabbit Collector Set offer over on @patreon
Are you going to miss out and then write to tell me you didn't even know this was a thing?
— 🇺🇸 American McGee 🏴☠️ (@americanmcgee) January 25, 2019
There’s no release window for Alice:Asylum just yet. That’s understandable, given how early on in development the project is right now.
As always with fan-backed games, we could be in for a pretty long wait. Hell, there’s no real guarantee at this stage that the game will come out at all, but hopefully the Alice franchise has enough love behind to propel Asylum towards reality.
Ewan Moore is a journalist at UNILAD Gaming who still quite hasn’t gotten out of his mid 00’s emo phase. After graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2015 with a BA in Journalism & Media Studies (thanks for asking), he went on to do some freelance words for various places, including Kotaku, Den of Geek, and TheSixthAxis, before landing a full time gig at UNILAD in 2016.