According to studio head American McGee, during development of 2011's Alice: Madness Returns, publisher Electronic Arts were pushing hard for the already-dark game to be made more "mature".

"They wanted more violence, more gore, more sex, more horror and more offensive ‘stuff'-I think they had in mind a sort of Dante's + Alice thing", the Spicy Horse boss wrote today on his Facebook page.

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Not agreeing with EA's "repeated demands" for this shift in tone, McGee says he sent them this image. [Warning: NSFW]

"Anyway, after I sent them the "M-Snail" and threatened to put it in the intro sequence of the game they calmed down a bit.

Good times."

Memories of "Alice: Madness Returns" development [Facebook]