We've known since November that a sequel to American McGee's Alice is in the works. Now, Electronic Arts has finally released the first batch of screenshots, an official video, and a few details to give us an early taste of the game.
The video doesn't show much, although the "spewing up blood" part certainly sets the tone:
You'll find the screenshots in our image gallery below. According to EA, Alice: Madness returns will have the same style as the original, but with "entirely new visuals, story and game design." Story-wise, the new opus will (fittingly) set the player a decade after the first game:
Alice: Madness Returns takes place 10 years after the conclusion of the original game, with Alice struggling to recover from the emotional trauma of losing her entire family in a fatal fire. After spending a decade institutionalized in an insane asylum, she is finally released to the care of a psychiatrist who just may be able to help her conquer the nightmarish hallucinations that still haunt her. Alice embarks on a mission to root out the true cause of her family's mysterious death, jumping from a gloomy and stark London to a rich and provocative Wonderland.
Madness Returns is scheduled for a 2011 release on the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. No word yet on who will compose the soundtrack, though. Chris Vrenna of former Nine Inch Nails fame did a terrific job with the music for the first title, and some of us would love an encore.