Madness Returns has been quietly removed from Steam

Alice: Madness Returns has disappeared from Steam again.

The disappearance of Alice will be particularly disappointing for some, as the 2011 game only returned to Steam in February 2022 after being sidelined for almost five years due to a DRM issue. Now, just a few months later, it’s gone again.

What is the reason for her sudden and unexpected disappearance? It’s not entirely clear. Steam doesn’t give up too much; The Alice: Madness Returns page on Steam simply says, “At the request of the publisher, Alice: Madness Returns is no longer available for sale on Steam,” a comprehensive statement that pretty much covers anything and everything.

However, American creator McGee himself speculates that it may have something to do with another game from former Spicy Horse studio Akaneiro: the “broken” Demon Hunters. But while the Spicy Horse dedicated to Akaneiro was withdrawn from sale until the issue is fixed, her other titles – including Alice: Madness Returns – were not.

“From what I’ve heard, while I was trying to remove Akaneiro from Steam (it was broken), all other Spicy Horse games were also removed,” McGee tweeted over the weekend. “We are contacting support and trying to fix this issue. Can someone at @valvesoftware help fix this faster?”

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At the time of writing, Alice remains at the Museum of Islamic Art. As always, we will keep you informed if and when this changes.

McGee was the creative director of EA’s 2000 American Alice McGee. It gained cult status and was followed by Alice: Madness Returns in 2011. Fans have been wondering – and He keeps interrogating McGee – about Alice’s third game since, but the good news is Alice: Official Asylum is on the way.

The third part of McGee’s fantastically dark tragedy has been transferred to Alice in Wonderland in consultation with new Mysterious studio and over 3000 Patreon supporters. A full PDF of the game’s narrative diagram is publicly available, which gives you Patreon support and, of course, don’t mind spoilers.