New Alice: Madness Returns trailer is gorgeous, horrific

MSNBC has the scoop on the latest Alice: Madness Returns trailer, as well as an interview with creator American McGee, who, despite his other projects, is probably still best known for the original, 11-year-old American McGee's Alice.

Madness Returns is a direct sequel to the cult classic, and takes place eleven years (you're a clever one, McGee) after Alice first fell into a morosely corrupted Wonderland. Alice is doubtlessly madder than ever:

The surreal, dark absurdity of Lewis Carroll's works are perfect material for creative bastardization, and McGee obviously isn't the first to have twisted Wonderland into an even darker microcosm of insanity, but his execution of the original Alice was a vile success. And from what we've seen, he's running Alice through an even grislier obstacle course in Madness Returns.

"It's an actual narrative sequel. It finds Alice living in London and now confronting really the mystery of what happened, as opposed to the damage related to it - though there is still a lot of psychological damage as you move into Wonderland, you'll notice," McGee told MSNBC.

"This game is much more like a murder mystery, it’s her going back into her past again, using her mind as a tool, using Wonderland as sort of a conduit into her mind, and trying to piece back together the events that lead to the death of her family."

Madness Returns is scheduled for a late 2011 release. You can read more about the game's story and McGee's opinions on violence and the artistic merits of games in MSNBC's interview.

Feb 15, 2011


  • Imgema - February 16, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    Nice cgi scene blah blah. Still don't have a clue on how the game looks.
  • Riche666 - February 16, 2011 4:34 a.m.

    Mommy, this scares me.
  • FreedomPhantom - February 16, 2011 2:25 a.m.

    wow I'm excited even though I didn't play the first game!!! This looks crazy, like Bioshock (batshit insane with excellent environments and gameplay) crazy! Maybe not a Day 1 purchase but rather a post good internet reaction purchase :)
  • WickedSid - February 16, 2011 2:24 a.m.

    I love how their Twitter tag is @thewhiterabbit. So, you have to follow The White Rabbit! HA!
  • GamesRadarTylerWilde - February 16, 2011 12:46 a.m.

    @kuroda I suppose that wording could be confusing. By "direct," I didn't mean that it picks up exactly where the last game left off, I meant that it is a continuation of the first game's story, and not a prequel, reboot, or offshoot.
  • Fiirestorm21 - February 16, 2011 12:16 a.m.

    Never played the first one...but this one definitely looks like something to keep an eye on. Definitely not a derivative mainstream title, this one.
  • Sy87 - February 15, 2011 11:30 p.m.

    Omg I love the way she smiles after just stabbing that eye. Nice look like how she has almost a porcelain doll look to her. Demented porcelain doll.
  • Eliath - February 15, 2011 11:12 p.m.

    I was interested in this, but the latest trailer definitely puts this more in the eagerly anticipated category. It looks crazy.
  • Nintendophile - February 15, 2011 11:11 p.m.

    Is it just me, or does the new character design of Alice look like the illegitimate child of Jennifer Love Hewitt and Steven Tyler?
  • Turboash - February 15, 2011 10:46 p.m.

    Far out! I've always felt that 90% of the Wonderland characters deserve to be murdered.
  • kuroda - February 15, 2011 10:06 p.m.

    It's a direct sequel, that takes place 11 years after the first time alice fell in the rabbit's hole? Something's not right in that sentence, but that fits the game I guess It does look awesome and I'm interested! But one question, as it is a direct sequel, will I miss things if I haven't played the first game? And if so, am I the only one smelling a remake? Wait, that's two questions!
  • ichigofluff66 - February 15, 2011 9:43 p.m.

    I saw this, spazzed with joy and signed up to comment xD so YAY! *jumps with joy* @GamesRadarEricBratcher maybe start a petition on GR?
  • 435 - February 15, 2011 9 p.m.

    I hope the game has better animation. :|
  • Baron164 - February 15, 2011 8:15 p.m.

    I hope it's as good as the first game, it will be nice to have it on consoles this time around.
  • Strangleme - February 15, 2011 8:12 p.m.

    Holy SHIT!! This looks incredible!! Can't wait for this now.
  • Corsair89 - February 15, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    'want' should be between 'I' and 'more' in my first post.
  • EricBratcher - February 15, 2011 8:04 p.m.

    I truly cannot wait for this game to arrive. I just want to be in that world for awhile. Is this where I mention for the 800th time that the original Alice should have come to consoles? Oh, good. It really should have.
  • Corsair89 - February 15, 2011 8:03 p.m.

    Awesome! The one thing I more that this game is... the first one on Steam! *shakes fist*

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