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A project in Shanghai, China by American McGee

Cancelled by Creator

Dorothy's great-great-granddaughter joins forces with Tin Woodsman and Lion to battle Scarecrow's mindless army for control of Oz.
Backers: 2607
Average Pledge Per Backer: $54

Funded: $141,513 of $950,000
Dates: Jun 24th -> Aug 5th (42 days)
Project By: American McGee
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Latest News

Spicy Horse downsizes, Akaneiro put studio $1.7 million in debt

January 29th - via:
American McGee's Spicy Horse has downsized its Shanghai studio and is focusing its remaining staff on The Gate, a card-collecting, real-time strategy game – in the meantime, the team developing Akaneiro: Demon Hunters has been reduced from 15 people to two. Akaneiro raised $204,680 on Kickstarter in February 2013 and it's out as an Early Access game on Steam. (Read More)

Kickstarter 2013: Broken records, broken hearts

December 31st - via:
Matt takes a look back at the year that was on Kickstarter: what got funded, what missed out, what was released, and what ran out of cash. (Read More)

Understanding Kickstarter With American McGee

September 5th - via:
American McGee rides to work at the Spicy Horse headquarters in Shanghai on an electric scooter. It’s easy to assume because he’s a big name in the industry, he cruises in a limousine while sipping wine from an ivory chalice. (Read More)

American McGee's OZombie canceled, Kickstarter for Alice movie project 'Otherlands' begun

July 16th - via:
American McGee's OZombie, unfortunately, never picked up much attention in the public eye. Even the two news pieces I wrote here didn't create much discussion, and folk around here love to talk about junk! The lack of interest quickly became apparent on the game's Kickstarter, making only 15% in initial weeks. (Read More)

American McGee Cancels OZombie Kickstarter

July 15th - via:
It's the end of the rainbow everyone, the trip back to OZ has been cut short. (Read More)

End of the Rainbow

July 14th - via:
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... (Read More)

Tin Woodman

July 12th - via:
The Tin Woodman has, in my opinion, one of the most interesting stories of all the well-known Oz characters. He's a walking, talking soul-body thought experiment - an animated mechanical replacement for a flesh and blood man (or Baum's preferred... (Read More)

What's in a Name?

July 10th - via:
Some great progress since our last update. Nearly 200 responses to the "New Plan" post. Thank you, everyone, for the continued support and feedback. With all this positive energy, I believe we have a chance at disproving the statistics and making... (Read More)

A New Plan

July 8th - via:
First off, I just want to make it clear that I am listening to and taking seriously all the comments and ideas being provided by our Kickstarter backers. The idea that your input is somehow being ignored doesn't account for the various pressures and... (Read More)

American McGee’s OZombie seeks partial funding through Kickstarter

July 7th - via:
American McGee’s Shanghai studio Spicy Horse has returned to Kickstarter to gather funds for a new project. Called OZombie, it’s an action adventure affair for PC, Mac, Linux and tablets which includes a multiplayer mode complete with raids and tournaments which you can unlock after finishing the single-player campaign. (Read More)

Backer Q&A #2

July 5th - via:
1. I read in the news you’ll need additional funding beyond Kickstarter… Is this true? It’s common practice to set Kickstarter funding goals at amounts less than what’s needed to completely realize every possible aspect of a game’s... (Read More)

The Perils of Being a Zombie

July 5th - via:
How easy is it to manipulate and control people? What kind of power do officials, experts and authority figures have over our thoughts and actions? These questions are more relevant than ever but we’re being systematically conditioned to never ask... (Read More)

Kickstarter alone won't fund OZombie, yet an Alice film stretch goal has been added

July 5th - via:
Spicy Horse founder American McGee has admitted that Kickstarter alone will not provide enough money for development of OZombie to be completed. Despite this, a new stretch goal has been added to the OZombie Kickstarter campaign that if met will not direct funds to the game, but instead towards the acquisition of the film rights to the Alice “Otherlands” property. (Read More)

American McGee: Spicy Horse needs more than its Kickstarter goal to fund OZombie

$950,000 not enough to develop the full game, but enough to get started (Read More)

Spicy Horse likely to reach agreement with EA for new Alice game

July 4th - via:
It's likely that Spicy Horse will make a new Alice game with EA, the studio has revealed on its Kickstarter for OZombie. (Read More)

What makes this an Action-adventure game with RPG elements?

July 3rd - via:
Classes We’ll have classes but providing details about the subject of is difficult. It’s difficult because the moment you’re asked to select a class is wrapped around an event that’s crucial to establishing the overarching narrative theme of... (Read More)

OZombie likely to be part-funded by publishers despite Kickstarter money

July 3rd - via:
Kickstarter’s taking a beating this week: first Double Fine come out and say that, despite raising more than 800% more funding than their original target, they need more money to complete the game. Now Spicy Horse say that they’re not able to make American McGhee's take on the Wizard of Oz stories, OZombie, with the funding they’re seeking but will only be “enough to get us started and deliver some initial chapters”. They aim to make up the deficit with other sources of funding, possibly publishers. (Read More)

Alice: Otherlands goes Hollywood

July 2nd - via:
We here at Spicy Horse have been working for the past couple of months on securing rights to further develop content related to the "Alice" property. Our talks have been split between EA, who own and control the game rights, and Collision... (Read More)

Yellow Brick Road Warrior

July 2nd - via:
Dorothy just wanted to escape the violence and bloodshed that surrounded her on the post-apocalyptic plains of Kansas. Oz was supposed to be a peaceful, magical land. At least that's what her great-great- grandmother's diary said. Outfitting a... (Read More)

Siege Spots – OZombie: Interview with American McGee

July 2nd - via:
American McGee and Spicy Horse are at it again with another re-imagining of a childhood story. This time they’re taking on The Wizard of Oz with the Kickstarter for their new game, OZombie. (Read More)

American interviews Chris Vrenna

July 1st - via:
AJM: Let's start off by getting out of the way some of the basics... Who you are and what you've been up to since you made the soundtrack for the first "Alice" game over 10 years ago?  CV: I am Chris Vrenna. I scored your first "American McGee's... (Read More)

To Live and Die in Oz

June 29th - via:
Almost as long as there have been video games there's been the concept of "lives" in their designs. We had limited numbers of them in the coin-op days, represented them as "hearts" in the early Nintendo generation and have explored a wide range of... (Read More)

DOG, The Box, and Paypal

June 28th - via:
For all those who have been asking, we've set up a Paypal store where you can pick up any of the items from the Kickstarter, including add-ons. And now a message from DOG about the Box:  The Box has gone into hiding. Few people know what secrets it... (Read More)

Backer Q&A

June 28th - via:
It's time to answer some of your most frequently asked questions! We'll try to do this each week. 1. You say you'll support offline single-player mode, though you'll need to complete a one-time online registration when you first start, and Contain NO... (Read More)


June 27th - via:
When it comes to art direction I tend to prefer working on projects that push the boundaries visually while offering a chance to explore multiple styles in a linear presentation (ala "Alice: Madness Returns") or married together in interesting ways... (Read More)

Spicy Horse returns to Kickstarter for Wizard of Oz zombie game

June 27th - via:
Spicy Horse’s latest Kickstarter campaign is for a narrative-driven action-adventure game set within an alternate version of the Oz universe. (Read More)

Kickstarter Spotlight - Projects You Should Pay Attention To 6/27

June 27th - via:
Well now, Armikrog has been funded (Hooray!), so I can probably stop harassing everyone about that. That leaves the door open for a few new Kickstarter crowdfunding hopefuls to take the stage. This week we’ve narrowed it down to two great projects that are both worth your time. The first is based on a long running internet comic, and the second you’ll recognize immediately if you were a child at some point in your life…you were right? (Read More)

Zombies, What're They Good For?!

June 26th - via:
There's been a fair amount of commentary on the idea of "zombies" in OZombie. The title is pretty in-your-face about the whole "zombie" thing, but as I've detailed on the Kickstarter page, in recent updates and in interviews, these are not your... (Read More)

American McGee Launches OZombie Kickstarter Campaign

June 26th - via:
20Gamers might probably be familiar with American McGee who helped create the twisted version of Alice in Wonderland, which was known as American McGee’s Alice. A sequel was then released and if you have enjoyed McGee’s take on a classic children’s story, maybe you might be interested in helping McGee and his studio fund a new game titled OZombie. This is essentially a steampunk version of the Wizard of Oz and instead of focusing on the characters from the original story, OZombie will instead be played from the point of view of Dorothy’s great-great-granddaughter who travels to Oz and takes up arms with the Lion and Tinman to fight the Scarecrow. (Read More)

Currently Kickstarting: OZombie

June 26th - via:
When you think of American McGee you generally think Alice. So who better to create a darker and more disturbing Oz than him? Just like his previous games, this isn’t your grandmother’s fantasy story. No, OZombie is so much more than what you’ve read or seen. Little has been revealed about the plot, but what I’ve seen leaves me breathless. And they promise an action-adventure experience that should make fans of American’s other works happy. (Read More)

The Figurines Are Here!

June 25th - via:
Sort of. The first pass of the sculpts are here. The preview of the Tin Woodman and Dorothy have been sent to and they are looking incredible. Hand sculpted and every bit as detailed as we could have hoped, these will be beautiful when complete. ... (Read More)

Chapters - The Backbone of Story

June 25th - via:
Chapters divide the game into chunks of story, each with clear beginning, middle and end. These chunks will frequently span more than one physical location in the world of Oz. We're thinking about presenting Chapters as sections of gameplay you can... (Read More)

American McGee launches Kickstarter for OZombie

June 25th - via:
Last month American McGee was indecisive as to whether he wanted his next Kickstarter to continue down the adventures of his demented Alice series, or to explore his own twisted rendition of L. Frank Baum's Oz franchise. As it turns out, he's opted for the latter with his recently launched OZombie crowdfunding campaign. (Read More)

Spicy Horse Takes OZombie to Kickstarter

June 25th - via:
American McGee's Shanghai-based studio Spicy Horse has taken to Kickstarter to crowdfund a new project built around the classic Wizard of Oz tale, with the famed designer's macabre take on the colourful L. Frank Baum Universe. (Read More)

OZombie Американа Макги: стимпанк-приключения в стране Оз

June 25th - via:
Похоже Американ Макги не собирается останавливаться на переделанной на свой лад «Алисе в стане чудес» и уже запустил Kickstarter-кампанию по сбору средств для проекта OZombie. По названию франшизы нетрудно догадаться, что за основу взята сказка «Волшебник страны Оз». (Read More)

Why Not Alice - What's her Future?

June 24th - via:
I won't stop trying to make new Alice games. As you can see from all the early pre-production work we were doing on Otherlands, we're still happy to devote resources and time to developing new ideas around Alice's story. That will continue long into... (Read More)

Scarecrow - The Building of a Bad Guy

June 24th - via:
What's the most important thing to establish when creating a new game? When I first started thinking about reviving the idea of a game based on The Wizard of Oz, it was necessary to create a narrative that would clearly separate it from previous... (Read More)

'OZombie' Launches Kickstarter Campaign

June 24th - via:
While the themes and characters draw from all 14 of the Oz books, they are getting the stylistic and artistic touches Spicy Horse has used with titles like Alice: Madness Returns and Akaneiro: Demon Hunters. OZombie is built around a single-player game with multiplayer available after completing the single-player mode. Multiplayer provides access to a range of player characters and competitive features like raids and tournaments. (Read More)

American McGee's Spicy Horse brings OZombie to Kickstarter

June 24th - via:
OZombie, the twisted take on L.Frank Baum's Oz from American McGee's studio Spicy Horse, has made its way to Kickstarter. The dark interpretation of Oz, revealed in May by McGee and crew, is seeking $950,000 in funding. (Read More)

OZombie is the latest Kickstarter from American McGee

June 24th - via:
Spicy Horse has launched a new crowdfunding campaign for a steampunk zombie battler set in the land of Oz. (Read More)

American McGee Announces OZombie – A Dark Take on The Wizard of Oz

June 24th - via:
If you were a fan of Alice back in the day, the thought of American McGee's Oz was just unbearable. That dark style mixed with one of the best know fantasy stories ever... It inevitably got cancelled. That hasn't stopped the question popping up regularly, however: Will American McGee and Spicy Horse ever tackle Dorothy's trip along the yellow brick road? (Read More)

Spicy Horse Games' possible upcoming title OZombie now live on Kickstarter

June 24th - via:
We've been following the saga that is Spicy Horse Games in regards to what their next title is going to be. At first it was going to be a rather cool and twisted sounding Wizard of Oz themed games called OZombie. Then news came out that if Spicy Horse Games and EA could work out the licensing issues that the next game would be a new Alice title. If they didn't work their issues out then Spicy Horse Games would do the OZombie game instead. (Read More)

The Fight for Oz Begins as the OZombie Kickstarter is Live

June 24th - via:
Join forces with Tin Woodsman and the Lion against Scarecrow's mindless army (Read More)

OZombie, American McGee and Spicy Horse's next game goes live on Kickstarter

June 24th - via:
The next game by American McGee and Spicy Horse Games, OZombie is now live on Kickstarter (Read More)

Spicy Horse's Oz game is OZombie: 'If I only had some brainsss'

May 19th - via:
Spicy Horse's Oz game combines the undead with "an Oz not of our remembering" – it's called OZombie, and it stars Dorothy, Toto, the Lion and the Tin Woodsman. The Scarecrow, who always wanted brains, is cast as the villain in this iteration, and instead of carrying around a basket, Dorothy gets a repeater. (Read More)

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