Another classic storybook tale is being reinvented with a slightly modern day twist as developer American McGee is finally bringing his vision of Red Riding Hood to life. The man most famous for his twisted interpretation of Alice in Wonderland has long hinted at his desire to bring Little Red Riding Hood to life in a darker and perhaps more violent filled video game that would take the famous legend in some new directions.
American first hinted at his desire to tackle the Red Riding Hood legend back in 2010 when some concept art arose which showed an armored clad Red battling vicious looking wolves. Not much was said of the concept art and at the time Spicy Horse, American’s development studio, was hard at work on Alice: Madness Returns. It may have taken longer than expected, but now American is finally tackling the Red Riding Hood legend in a way that’s entirely unexpected but still looks cool as hell.
Initially teased back in December, Akaneiro Rising is a new iOS game described as a lite RPG. The title of the game is extremely fitting as it means “angry red” in Japanese, which of course signifies that Red is going to tear things up as best she can. Taking the tale in a different direction, Akaneiro features Red hunting wolves in Japan, hence the heavy Eastern design motifs and distinct lack of Old English or traditional design elements. Not much was said of Akaneiro Rising last year, but now the game is being subtly teased with new concept art.
A slight departure from the initial Little Red Riding Hood art that was designed nearly two years ago, the Red featured in Akaneiro Rising is definitely still tough but she retains more of the core traits that the character is known for instead of going into a vastly radical direction, hence we don’t have armored warrior Red. The look for Red may definitely be “edgy” to an extent, but it doesn’t look like it’s trying too hard to be cool or sexy albeit in a corny way like the movie Sucker Punch.
Game details on Akaneiro Rising are still being kept under wraps, but conceptually I’m really digging the game. American McGee is one of those developers that has a love him or hate him reputation in the industry, but you can’t deny that the guy makes games with an intense visual flair and tone that really isn’t seen all the time. Of course the only downside to Akaneiro Rising is the game likely won’t receive a console port or spin-off as Spicy Horse is now exclusively dedicated to mobile games post the release of Alice: Madness Returns.
It’ll be a slight shame that we won’t see the potential visual epic that is Akaneiro Rising on the PS3 or Xbox 360, but I’m still excited about the game nonetheless and look forward to seeing more of it in the coming months.