Published by EA and developed by Spicy Horse, Alice: Madness Returns is the second in a planned trilogy of games based on the 19th century book by Lewis Carroll. Whilst unavailable on Steam, Alice: Madness Returns can still be played on PC via EA’s Origin launcher.
As of publication it is unclear why Alice: Madness Returns is not on Steam, after it returned this February following a digital rights management issue (via, Eurogamer). The Steam page currently has a message that reads:
“Notice: At the request of the publisher, Alice: Madness Returns is no longer available for sale on Steam.”
From what I've heard, in trying to remove Akaneiro from @Steam (it was broken), all the other Spicy Horse games also got removed. We're reaching out to Support and trying to get this resolved. Anyone at @valvesoftware can help fix this faster? https://t.co/D1h6SHn5P0
— ⚓ American McGee 🏴☠️ (@americanmcgee) June 18, 2022
Whilst the specific reason for the delisting is still unknown, the game’s director American McGee said on Twitter that it may have something to do with Spicy Horse’s other games, as they appeal for help on the issue.
“From what I’ve heard,” wrote McGee. “In trying to remove Akaneiro from Steam (it was broken), all the other Spicy Horse games also got removed. We’re reaching out to Support and trying to get this resolved. Anyone at Valve can help fix this faster?”
McGee made it known in July of last year that they would love to round out the Alice trilogy of games, and then followed this up with documents concerning the tentatively named Alice: Asylum as well.
In fact, McGee published the entire game’s story on their Patreon, with people able to pay a small amount to gain access to all the behind-the-scenes documents for the yet to get off the ground game.