American McGee wasn’t very satisfied with the progress OZombie was making on Kickstarter. It wasn’t just that though. After having already started the campaign for OZombie, he made an update that increased the goal, and allowed him to try to get extra funds towards films rights for Alice. Apparently it just made the Kickstarter confusing for some. I don’t really understand why, it was pretty clear to me. However, the goal was raised to nearly one million dollars, so I can see how that might be more intimidating.
With the minor issues the combined Kickstarter was causing, McGee decided to make a separate fundraiser for the Alice film rights. That’s when he ran into another problem. You can’t have two Kickstarter projects going on at once. OZombie didn’t start off very good, and the odds weren’t looking any better. On top of that he has a limited time to grab the Alice film rights. So he cancelled the one project, and began the next.
This was very disappointing news to me. I wasn’t too interested in OZombie at first because zombies bore me, but I was interested in a Wizard of Oz based game created by the genius of McGee. Then it was revealed that the real basis of OZombie wasn’t an actual focus on zombies, but was basically a metaphor. Yeah, that name was a bit confusing. Alice: Madness Returns is one of my all-time favorite games so I was hoping for more. While I’d have preferred Alice over Oz, I backed Oz just because McGee was behind it.
It’s possible that he may return to OZombie in the future. For now, if you want to help him secure the rights to be able to produce animations, feature films and related merchandise, head to the Alice: Otherlands Kickstarter. This covers the film rights, it doesn’t guarantee production of a third Alice game. You can also say “Hi” and keep up to date on Facebook.