American McGee, producer and screenwriter, has confirmed that Electronic Arts (EA) has rejected his pitch for a third title in American McGee’s Alice series. The second sequel, Alice: Asylum, will no longer move forward as planned, with the series creator currently convinced that the series has come to an end.
McGee took various materials to the publisher, including concept art, design documents, a narrative outline, and a development “bible,” but it seems that EA did not have the same interest or passion for the project as McGee and his backers.
The original American McGee’s Alice was released in 2000 and told a bleak tale of Lewis Carrol’s troubled young hero as she returns to a darkened take on Wonderland. McGee notes that he has no interest in developing further video games and, should any company ever pick up the Alice license, they’ll likely be making additional titles without his input.
This update represents an “endpoint” for the Alice universe and for McGee’s own interest in the game development industry. The news is not only sad for gaming fans everywhere but for McGee himself, who has fought to get Alice: Asylum off of the drawing desk for many years.