American McGee plans to work on free-to-play titles after Alice

Development on the long awaited sequel, Alice: Madness Returns seems to be going smoothly with a release scheduled for June 14. But once the Electronic Arts published title from Spicy Horse studio ships, famed game designer American McGee plans to focus work on free-to-play, casual, online games.

Speaking in an interview with Joystiq, McGee explained that Spicy Horse, the Shanghai-based game studio founded by McGee in 2007, will be restructuring its organization. "Well, we don't see that the future for us is in triple-A console games," said McGee. "We actually are trying to make games that are online, free-to-play, 3D advanced casual games, so as we finish this we're going to transition the company back to where we were intending to be when we finished Grimm."

Above: Art work for Grimm, a twisted fairytale adventure

According to McGee, Spicy Horse originally planned to continue developing episodic titles, like the dark, fantasy/adventure Grimm. But Electronic Arts’ offer to work with Spicy Horse on a sequel to Alice was too tempting to turn down. But it’s not exactly a return to business as usual.

While Grimm was an episodic adventure released through GameTap, Spicy Horse will be working on 3D free-to-play online games for release in Asia post-Alice. "So, we restructured for two years, we built the game, we did a great job, we're gonna ship it on time, on schedule, we never had a crunch and it's been really awesome. But now, it's back to what our belief is in terms of where things are going, so it's going to be all about free-to-play, 3D games for Asia," explained McGee.

Mar 10, 2011

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  • Valcrist - March 11, 2011 5:18 a.m.

    Im telling you a disaster is coming: Yamaoka leaves konami, Inafune leaves capcom, Mikami wont produce any new games after this last one, EA will only publish titles with multiplayer, and now this? The only thing we need is for okamiden to fluke (which considering that it was realeased at the end of the DS life cycle means that capcom did not learn it's lesson) and we could be in a somewhat tight spot being flooded with free to play games (not that they are all bad,... just 98% of em) perhaps this is the real meaning of the 2012 paranoia?
  • Shagnasty - March 11, 2011 3:41 a.m.

    What exactly have been their big AAA titles? Wasteland...and...
  • Redeater - March 11, 2011 12:04 a.m.

    ......I thought most of his games were already free to know because aside from Alice you can find them all in clearance racks. ZING!
  • Sy87 - March 10, 2011 11:54 p.m.

    Well thats cool take a break from the stress of video game business. Dam suits probably always on their backs or something. JK im sure EA aren't a bad bunch. Yeah Alice!!!
  • icedoesnthelp - March 10, 2011 11:53 p.m.

    Where the hell is a dislike button when you need one.

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