American McGee's Alice is easily one of my favorite PC games of all time. The game has it all: imaginative level design, solid gameplay, a unique feel, exceptional music, and a bloody butcher knife. Now, nearly a decade after the original's release, we're learning more about its sequel, Alice: Madness Returns.
Although American McGee's name no longer graces the title, he's very much involved with the project, and has been interviewed by GameTrailers about the title. According to McGee, Madness Returns will build on everything folks liked about the original: "ten years later, we've been able to listen to everyone's comments on what they liked and disliked about the first game, then basically distill all that down into the product you're seeing today." The video interview doesn't contain actual gameplay footage, but it showcases a mix of cut scenes, screenshots, and concept art that oozes with the kind of imaginative (or perhaps drug-fueled) styling that made the original such a treat to play.
Madness Returns is scheduled to hit the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3 some time next year. McGee was showing the game in a pre-alpha state, so it's probably not far enough along for a release early in 2011. Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going turn up Chris Vrenna's delightfully creepy soundtrack for the original. Thanks to Rock, Paper, Shotgun for the tip.