Alice: Madness Returns has again disappeared from Steam.
Alice’s disappearance will be particularly frustrating to some, as the 2011 game did not return to Steam until February 2022 after being taken off sale for nearly five years due to a DRM issue. Now, a few months later, it’s gone again.
The reason for his sudden and unexpected disappearance? It’s not entirely clear. Steam doesn’t give much away; Alice: Madness Returns’ Steam page simply says “at the request of the publisher, Alice: Madness Returns is no longer available for sale on Steam,” which is a blanket statement that pretty much covers anything and everything.
However, creator American McGee himself speculates that it may have something to do with another game made by his former Spicy Horse studio, the “broken” Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. But while Spicy Horse was intended to have Akaneiro pulled from sale until the issue was resolved, the other titles — including Alice: Madness Returns — weren’t.
From what I’ve heard, trying to remove Akaneiro from @Steam (it was broken), all other Spicy Horse games have been removed as well. We will contact Support and try to resolve this. Everyone at @valvesoftware can help solve this faster? https://t.co/D1h6SHn5P0
— ⚓ American McGee 🏴☠️ (@americanmcgee) June 18, 2022
“From what I’ve heard, removing Akaneiro from @Steam (it was broken) also removed all other Spicy Horse games,” McGee tweeted over the weekend. “We’re contacting Support and trying to resolve this. Can someone at @valvesoftware help resolve this faster?”
At the time of writing, Alice remains MIA. As always, we’ll let you know if and when this changes.
McGee was the creative director of the 2000 EA published title American McGee’s Alice† It gained cult status and was followed up by Alice: Madness Returns in 2011. Fans wondered – and constantly questioned McGee – about a third Alice game since then, but the good news is: Alice: Asylum is officially on its way†
The third installment of McGee’s fantastically gritty take on Alice in Wonderland has been co-created with his new Mysterious studio and 3000+ Patreon supporters. A full PDF of the game’s story is publicly accessibleprovided you’re a Patreon backer and don’t mind the spoilers of course.