American McGee's Spicy Horse Studio Suffers Job Losses
American McGee’s Shanghai-based studio, Spicy Horse, has reduced its staff to a core team.
According to McGee, the plan moving forwards will be to move away from the free-to-play model the company has focused on in recent years. In a comment on
In a comment on NeoGAF, McGee said the following:
“Just wanted to let everyone know Spicy Horse did reduce staff earlier this week, but a core team will remain in the studio and we’ll be announcing new projects soon.
“The remaining team will continue to support our existing and recently launched mobile F2P titles. As has been mentioned in this thread, the F2P space has become quite brutal in recent years, and after five years and seven titles, I feel it’s time we pivot to something new.”
Speaking to IGN, McGee confirmed the job cuts, and says work will continue on the Alice film project and the studio’s recently released Pirate Jam.
“While I do maintain an ongoing dialog with several folks at EA, our conversations are not exclusively about Alice,” said McGee. “When we do speak of Alice, there’s interest, but getting a solid commitment takes time. Remember, there was almost a decade between the first Alice game and the second.”
McGee has been vocal about wanting to create a sequel to Alice: Madness Returns. Back in August of 2015, a fan petition with the hopes of convincing EA to let McGee create Alice 3 appeared online, and managed to garner some 24,000 signatures.
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