Remedy’s bizarre yet thought-provoking horror-shooter Alan Wake was praised by critics and gamers alike, so it was a bit disappointing when news of a sequel was squashed by Microsoft, but some new footage has been released confirming that a proposed sequel was, in fact, in development.
Creative director at Remedy, Sam Lake, sat down with Polygon to discuss the studio’s previous plans for the Alan Wake franchise.
“For Alan Wake, from the get-go, we assumed there was going to be a sequel and we mapped things further out when it came to character, story, details and focus changes. We knew we would have to iterate and refine, but there was always a rough road map there.
“Definitely what we have mapped out is a longer thing than the first game and a sequel; there is more to it. In many ways, we see the universe as a bigger thing. Alan Wake is a very central character, but we have other characters around him like [friend and agent Barry Wheeler] and his wife Alice and Sheriff Sarah Breaker and other characters there.”
Soon after the release of the first game, the studio began building the second, but Microsoft decided to go with Remedy’s other project, Quantum Break (currently in development) rather than giving them the green-light to make another Alan Wake.
Hopefully we’ll still see this Stephen King-inspired shooter make its way to consoles and PCs in the foreseeable future.