Alan Wake Dev Reveals Plans for a Sequel, HD Remaster and Cancelled Prototype
In an interview with Polygon, Remedy Entertainment's chief creative officer Sam Lake revealed that there are talks going on to update the original horror hit, Alan Wake, for an Xbox One release. On top of this, we learned about Remedy's plans for a sequel and got a look at prototype footage in its failed pitch to get Alan Wake 2 to happen.
"I would love that [an HD remaster] to happen. Nothing has happened yet, but we are discussing this possibility with Microsoft," Lake said, noting that it would likely include Alan Wake's post-launch downloadable content. "I hope it happens, we'll see."
Since the original Alan Wake was published by Microsoft, Lake admitted the chances of the first game launching on PS4 and Wii U or other last-gen consoles were "highly unlikely," despite Remedy owning the rights to the franchise. Lake mentioned that once his team finishes work on Quantum Break, they would very much like to return to the franchise and work on Alan Wake 2. A few years ago, both the first game and its spin-off, American Nightmare launched for PC, this suggests that if the Big M doesn't green light an official sequel for Xbox One, Kickstarter or Steam's Greenlight could instead help fund the sequel.
"Ultimately, these things are business decisions," Lake added. "We are definitely not ruling anything out and looking at different opportunities, but nothing is set in stone at the moment."
Like Titanfall, Lake suggested that Alan Wake's sequel could head to Sony or Nintendo's consoles without the original game remaining exclusive to Xbox and PC.
Based on how Xbox is hoping to focus on its first-party IPs, we're got a hope that the Big M breaks out the wallet to secure the Stephen King-esque game alongside Halo, Gears of War and the rest of its franchises.
Featured below is Polygon's behind the scenes look at the prototype Remedy made in its pitch for Alan Wake 2 back in 2010:
"They have been really supportive about Alan Wake and Phil Spencer has been awesomely supportive when it comes to Remedy and Alan Wake along the way," Lake said in regards to the prototype. "We showed it to Microsoft and I guess at the time Microsoft was looking for something slightly different for their portfolio.
"Quite quickly our discussion about Alan Wake 2 turned into something else and that something else turned into Quantum Break, which was great and very exciting."
Quantum Break will be launching in 2016 exclusively on the Xbox One. We've got our fingers crossed for Alan Wake 2, regardless of when and where it launches.