Into the hole again, we hurried along our way, into a once-glorious garden now seeped in dark decay…
As we previously reported, EA just held a massive studio reveal that showed off, among other games, Alice: Madness Returns, the sequel to 2000’s American McGee’s Alice. And damn, does it look good. Surrealistic landscapes, disturbing red vistas of blood and beauty, minions of the Queen of Hearts and of course, Alice kicking ass. The official site has also been launched and it provides us with the backstory:
Eleven years ago a horrific fire took Alice’s family from her and left her terribly burned—and her mind terribly scarred. Afterwards she was confined to Rutledge Asylum, struggling to come to terms with her demons by slipping into her fantasy world of Wonderland. Now, after ten years, she has finally secured her release–yet she still bears the heavy psychological burden of that tragic event.
In Alice: Madness Returns, Alice is released from the asylum to a London psychiatrist’s care. As nightmarish hallucinations continue to haunt her and invade her reality, she seeks to understand her torment in order to recover herself. Her mind in tatters, she is unable to resolve the fear and neuroses prompted by her strange memories, dreams, and visions. Her relocation to London seems only to add to their number and intensity.
Perhaps she’ll do better in Wonderland. She always has. She travels there, seeking what the “real” world can’t provide: security, knowledge, and the truth about the past. But in her absence, Wonderland too has suffered. Something has gone horribly wrong, and now a great evil is descending upon what once was her beautiful refuge.
Can Alice save Wonderland—and herself—from the madness that consumes them both?
Sounds a bit like the original, but you can’t really say that’s a bad thing. In fact, the game will retain the lead writer from the original game, which means that you can expect the game to be filled with some of the most marvellous writing I’ve heard in a video game.
And here are the screens, try not to get any blood on them.
Alice: Madness Returns is scheduled for release in 2011 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.