Alice: Madness Returns has once again disappeared from Steam.
Alice’s demise will be particularly frustrating for some, as the 2011 game only returned to Steam in February 2022 after a DRM issue kept it off the market for nearly five years. Now, a few months later, it’s back.
The reason for his sudden and unexpected disappearance? It’s not entirely clear. Steam doesn’t give much; The Alice: Madness Returns Steam page simply states “At the request of the publisher, Alice: Madness Returns is no longer available for purchase on Steam”, which is a general statement that pretty much covers everything and nothing. anything.
American creator McGee himself, however, speculates that it might have something to do with another game made by his former Spicy Horse studio, the “broken” Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. But while Spicy Horse wanted Akaneiro removed from sale until the issue was resolved, its other titles – including Alice: Madness Returns – were not.
From what I heard, trying to remove Akaneiro from @Steam (it was broken), all other Spicy Horse games were also removed. We are contacting support and trying to resolve this issue. Anyone at @valvesoftware can help solve this problem faster? https://t.co/D1h6SHn5P0
— ⚓ American McGee 🏴☠️ (@americanmcgee) June 18, 2022
“From what I heard trying to remove Akaneiro from @Steam (it was broken) all other Spicy Horse games were also removed,” McGee tweeted over the weekend. “We are contacting support and trying to resolve this issue. Can someone at @valvesoftware help resolve this issue faster?”
As of this writing, Alice remains MIA. As always, we’ll let you know if and when that changes.
McGee was the creative director of American McGee’s Alice released by EA in 2000. It achieved cult status and was followed by Alice: Madness Returns in 2011. Fans wondered – and continually asked McGee – about a third Alice game since, but the good news is Alice: Asylum is officially on the way.
The third installment of McGee’s fantastically dark take on Alice in Wonderland was written in consultation with his new studio Mysterious and over 3,000 Patreon backers. A full PDF of the game’s story plan is publicly available, provided you’re a Patreon contributor and don’t mind spoilers, of course.