Parkville, Md.-based entertainment software developer/publisher Enlight Interactive Inc. has hired renowned artist and video game visionary American McGee as creative director. Founder of the independent game design and consulting firm TMIEC, McGee is perhaps best know as the creator of the Electronic Arts title American McGees Alice, a dark and twisted take on Lewis Carrolls Alice in Wonderland.
“American McGee is one of the most gifted designers in the interactive entertainment and computer games industries,” says Trevor Chan, CEO of Enlight and creator of the business sim title Capitalism. “This is a major step forward for Enlight. Working directly with American McGee has been a goal of mine for some time.”
McGee remarks, “Trevor Chan has developed one of the most impressive independent development and publishing houses in the industry. Together, we will send a very strong message to the market that Enlight is a home for design teams and game creators that want a publisher who will support and encourage their talents.”
Over the last year, Enlight has signed a number of developers including Infinite Interactive (upcoming Warlords Battlecry 3), Egosoft (X2: The Threat) and Haemimont Games (upcoming Nemesis of the Roman Empire).
The video game and toy line American McGee’s Oz was recently acquired by Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer to be developed as a feature film trilogy in the vein of the Lord of the Rings saga.