I don't think that there was ever a "version" of KQ8 which had Alexander as the protagonist--it was probably just an idea loosely bandied about in pre-pre production discussions.
If there was an Alexander version in pre-productin, is not anymore than there was a 'version' with the Living Statue version of the story. As he was a pre-produciton idea as well... Maybe concept art that early, but nothing actuallly a 'game'.
Once they started getting down to the actual game development it was a version of Connor...
Off topic but I would LOVE to read the contents of Roberta's book shelf. She must have some awesome, informative books! She probably has like a library of myth, fairy tales, folklore, tales, the occult, new age stuff and all sorts of fantasy stuff and old obscure works
Not necessarily Occult or New Age stuff. Actually some of her interviews she makes nods to having a christian faith. Her version of Samhain is actually based on a bit of Christian propaganda against druid faith, that druids and wiccans actually find offensive! Although what she practices now is unknown... She has a very cut and dry sense of good vs. evil, even in Phantasmagoria. There are no 'shades of grey'.
As for early games she talks about basically only basing her stuff of of myth, fairy tales, and folklore... That's a far cry from jumping directly to the 'occult/new age' genres.
Was she as fundamentalist as say the Davidsons? Probably not...
Now if you want the developer with the cult ties, that's probably Jane Jensen! Some of her references in KQ6 are pretty darn obscure... The Night Mare as portrayed in the game is fairly obscure, and practically one of the only sources that discusses it is Magick book for 'women'... and a few very dry sociology books... Jane Jensens stuff tends to touch on more grey areas, where evil, the arcane, can be used to fight evil, etc... Not always light verses dark...
I remind you Tolkien for example was a stringent catholic was very anti-occult, and had strict black and white message in his books, good vs. evil. His books are largely based on mythology and folklore as well. He often criticized his friend C.S. Lewis since Lewis actually did delve more into the occult, Golden Dawn perhaps and stuff like that. Before he converted to Christianity, and only slowly moved away from the Occult as he became a deeper christian.
So there are certainly 'degrees' of what would be considered 'occult', 'new age', and what is not.
Ya, I realize that KQ5 has some 'occult' like things on Mordack's Island, but that too is probably more of a product of the art team than Roberta directly. Andy Hoyos had a huge part in the art design in that game. 2nd or third biggest credit in the game after Roberta Herself. I think there are articles where Roberta admits the art style is mainly his influence.
Roberta also claimed she weas occused of practicing the occult when she wrote the magic into KQ3... But she brushed that away too, as merely a fairy tale thing...