We liked the original Alan Wake well enough, though after we finished it we were left wondering why a game in development for so long had so many shortcomings. After the original was announced a half-decade before going on sale, it looks like developer Remedy Games is taking a different approach with the downloadable sequel. According to the developer, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will be available in the first quarter of next year.
Though no date was given in the above trailer, when Remedy posted it the description mentions the previously unknown release window of saying the game is “set to hit in Quarter 1, 2012.” To think that a sequel to Alan Wake will come out within three months of its reveal feels as crazy as the setting of A.Wake’s last adventure. The XBLA game takes place in Arizona, or an approximation of it that may or may not be in Wake’s head, as he chases down his evil double Mr. Scratch. We’ll know more about the game in coming weeks, so stay tuned for updates.