Alice: Madness Returns has been pulled from Steam again

Alice: Madness Returnsthe continuation of American McGee’s Alice, didn’t have much fun on Steam. After being delisted in late 2016 due to issues with publisher DRM Electronic Arts, Madness Returns returned in late February this year. It managed to stay on Steam for less than four months before being removed again. Like boilerplate text in your Steam Page (opens in new tab) currently reads: “At the request of the publisher, Alice: Madness Returns is no longer available for sale on Steam”.

While fans were quick to blame EA again, this time it could be the result of a simple mistake. As American McGee suggested in twitter (opens in new tab)the issue may be related to an issue with another game from developer Spicy Horse: action-RPG Akaneiro: Demon Hunters.

Akaneiro, which we described as “one part Little Red Riding Hood, one part Japanese myths, and five parts ‘under construction’ tape” became unplayable – firstly due to a login issue that could only be circumvented by what one of its developers called it an “ugly hack” (opens in new tab) shared on the Steam forum, then by the servers going down.

McGee suggests that by removing the broken Akaneiro, the Spicy Horse’s other game may have accidentally been caught in the same net. “We are contacting Support and trying to resolve this,” McGee wrote. If that’s the case, I hope it can be restored soon. Meanwhile, Alice: Madness Returns remains available at Origin (opens in new tab)and on Game Pass via EA Play.

Last year, American McGee shared his sketch for the third scrapped game in the series, called Alice: Asylum. People continue to be interested in the series, and there was even news of a TV version being written by David Hayter.

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