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.
Then it became apparent that even American McGee wasn't very interested in the project as he announced his goal of purchasing the Alice movie rights as an OZombie stretch goal. It didn't help and OZombie's Kickstarter has since been shut down.
Of course the story doesn't end there, however, as in OZombie's place American Mcgee has now announced a standalone Kickstarter to help him purchase the Alice movie rights. With a smaller $200,000 goal and a much more fanatic fanbase for Alice, it's much more likely for the project to get funded than the new OZombie IP. Still, there's some additional oddities to consider.
When McGee first announced he was pursuing the Alice rights as a stretch goal to OZombie, there was no actual promise for a product in return. It was just a goal so McGee would have the opportunity to do something with the rights. With this new Kickstarter, there is an actual product coming to those who donate -- an animated short. Just one. Even that, though, might be questionable. The primary goal is simply to get American McGee the rights, the secondary goal the short. The more we know about the project the less it seems like American McGee really knows what to do, or if he can do anything, with the rights when he gets them.
Then there's the issue of Spicy Horse. With OZombie's Kickstarter canceled and American McGee shifting focus towards this side movie project, what's to come for the developers? It's all a very confusing and potentially perilous series of events. RIP OZombie, hopefully you don't take any Spicy Horse employees with you.