Just a couple days after Alice: Madness Returns disappeared without warning(opens in new tab) from Steam, it’s back on the storefront, and it turns out that—as expected—the whole thing was a big mistake.
It’s been a wild ride for American McGee’s twisted take on Alice in Wonderland. It was delisted from Steam in 2016, apparently thanks to some verification problems with publisher Electronic Arts. It returned earlier this year but last week went poof yet again, this time with no notice or explanation.
Even American McGee, founder of developer Spicy Horse (and whose name adorns Madness Returns’ predecessor) wasn’t sure what happened, although he speculated that somebody, somewhere, had likely just pushed the wrong button.
As it turns out, he was correct. “One of our team mistakenly instructed Support to ‘shut down everything’ when the topic was ‘Akaneiro’—wrongly thinking other games (like A:MR) had been moved to a Mysterious Inc account,” McGee tweeted. “Yikes.”