American McGee has told fans to stop asking him about a sequel to the Alice series. The game designer says that EA has demolished all his plans to make a third game and there’s nothing he can do about it.
This comes after fans of the series petitioned last week to get EA to fund a new Alice project which would essentially be Alice 3. American McGee put the project together which would be titled Alice: Asylum. McGee reportedly assembled an entire team of developers to create the concept and even pitched the idea to EA. Sadly, the company turned it down.
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As a result of the news, fans have expressed their disappointment with EA and some of that has also targeted American McGee. The designer posted on his Patreon in response to the backlash saying that he has zero control over the series. EA owns Alice and there’s nothing anyone can do about it unless the company decides to move forward with a sequel.
McGee has expressed his frustration with the matter asking fans to stop harassing him about the game.
“EA owns Alice and they control it. If you want to do something with the IP, you are free to do that – just like you are with all other IPs – but you get into trouble when you start trying to sell the stuff you create. Additional questions on this stuff should be directed at EA. I really want some space from Alice and questions related to it.”
The designer continued to state that he is just as frustrated as the fans out there. He says that he is feeling the same pain and anger.
“I just want to restate that I understand how difficult this is for many of you,” he said. “I am feeling the same pain and anger as many of you. And I understand that in situations like these, we often ask ourselves ‘what can we do’ or ‘what could we have done differently’ in order to change the outcome. It’s tough to admit right now but ultimately, we’re going to need to accept that this decision and the situation, in general, is out of our control. We are not ‘giving up’ any more than a person who is hit by a bus is ‘giving up’.”
By the sound of things, EA has canned the Alice series and has no plans to revive it. McGee says:
“We did everything we could as a team and a group of fans to convince EA to let this next chapter happen. EA decided to kill the project and the possibility of any future for Alice. That decision is on them. But we can make a decision of our own – and it’s a strong decision to make – to move on. That is what we do have in our power. And it’s often one of the most difficult decisions to be made in situations like this. But it’s what we must do. So, I would ask that you join me in moving on. If you decide to stay back and continue fighting, that’s fine. That is your decision to make. I respect that. And I ask that you also respect my decision to move on. Thank you.”