McGee has cancelled the kickstarter for OZombie, the American McGee fashioned, narrative driven, action-adventure game based on L. Frank Baum’s Oz universe. Instead he’s fighting for the Alice film rights and working on a third Alice instalment.
When I saw the kickstarter page for OZombie I was literally joy-puke-your-face-off excited. Everything about the game looked like pure win, and it seemed like every one else was too. The game raised almost $45 000 in funds after just the first day of its campaign, and was to be a single-player first game with added PvP and raids. American McGee has however cancelled the kickstarter as he believes it wouldn’t reach funding by the end of the campaign and prioritises bidding for the rights to the Alice in Wonderland films.
“The Oz campaign has to end. There are two realities driving the decision.
First, we’re facing a challenge with the Alice film rights. Since working to remove it from the Oz campaign we’ve been unable to launch it as a separate campaign here on Kickstarter – the submission has been rejected multiple times and our appeals have failed (multiple campaigns are not allowed). To launch a campaign for the Alice films rights means we must first shut down the Oz campaign.”, McGee posted on the OZombie kickstarter page.
McGee writes that they wouldn’t consider shutting down the OZombie campaign had it trended towards success, but they’d only raised 15% of their goal with 20 days to go. Suggesting (according to projections) that they would have only hit 30% funding by the end of their campaign.
This doesn’t mean that it’s the last we’ve seen of OZombie, McGee said that the OZombie campaign can always be re-launched in the future, but that the Alice films rights are only within reach within a rapidly closing window of opportunity.
McGee has been working on Alice: Otherlands in the meantime, the proposed third instalment of American McGee’s Alice where Alice will master the ability to travel into the minds of others. You can keep track of the progress on the Alice: Otherlands Facebook page. Have a look-see at what’s planned below.
Last Updated: July 15, 2013