New Alan Wake won't be a direct sequel or DLC

Good news, Night Springs fans. Remedy today confirmed it is bringing Alan Wake out of early retirement for a new title tentatively scheduled for Fall 2011. But before you begin stockpiling batteries and brushing up on obscure Stephen King references, Remedy has also insisted the next installment in its tortured writer series will not be a direct sequel or DLC, but instead a spin-off designed to attract both Bright Falls veterans and newbies alike.

Yesterday, wily web surfers spotted a reference to Alan Wake 2 on a resume belonging to video game artist Althea Suarez Gata. This lead some of the more astute internet detectives to speculate a new Alan Wake was  in the works, that it might possibly be a sequel, and at one point a lady named Althea Suarez Gata had worked on it. It's a stretch, we know.

Choosing to tip its hand rather than play coy, Remedy's head of franchise development, Oskari Häkkinen, issued a response to Joystiq, stating, “Well, now that the cat is out of the bag, we owe it to you and the fans to shed a little more light before we get the chance to officially show them what the guys have been up to...Fans of the franchise will be excited to learn that yes, more Wake is coming! But to be absolutely certain to avoid confusion, this next Wake installment will not be Alan Wake 2. But neither will it be DLC. The rest we're saving for our official announcement when we'll actually SHOW YOU.”

Though he was predictably tight lipped about gameplay details, Häkkinen did reveal the studio was aiming to attract a larger audience, explaining, “It's something that'll definitely give more to the Wake fans out there, but just as importantly, this installment will also give an opportunity for players who aren't familiar with the franchise to finally jump on board.”

Hinting at a possible drop date, he added: “Fall 2011 is probably a good guess."

Our best guess (emphasis on guess)? Remedy is readying an on-the-rails Kinect shooter; something akin to House of the Dead, but with flashlights and random car advertisements. We're also guessing Remedy won't wait long before making an official announcement - possibly at a high profile industry of some kind. An Electronic Entertainment Expo, if we may be so bold.

[Source: Joystiq]

May 10, 2011


  • SirManguydude - May 14, 2011 7:28 a.m.

    @hist What he writes becomes reality. He knew that he needed to give something up in order to get his wife out. Now he has to write a new book, called Departure in order to write his way out. Now I really don't want to wait even longer to resolve the mystery.
  • RicePuddingUK - May 10, 2011 8:39 p.m.

    I trust Remedy, remember Max Payne? They made the first and concluded the story, what on earth was there to continue in the 2nd? But they still pulled it off. Max 1 was an Urban Revenge Story, Max 2 was a Gritty Noir Love Story. If they can do the same with Wake I have faith.
  • SDHoneymonster - May 10, 2011 7:27 p.m.

    @ Redeater - you do know you didn't have to collect them, right? I didn't bother and I bloody loved the game. It walked the line between genius and stupidity and creepy horror and silliness beautifully, whether by accident or design. I would like a proper sequel as opposed to a spin-off, but I look forward to seeing what they've got up their sleeves.
  • hist - May 10, 2011 7:19 p.m.

    Not exactly pumped to read this, but I like what Remedy did with the original (other than a story whose ending *still* didn't make sense, even after the 2nd DLC). So I'll keep my eye on it.
  • Person5 - May 10, 2011 6:50 p.m.

    I just want Season 2 of the hit show Alan Wake, something to answer all the questions the first one left unanswered
  • Person5 - May 10, 2011 6:47 p.m.

    @FVDub, it was stuff like that that really wants a sequal to this game, the first game left so many unanswered questions, I want them answered!
  • MancisFrorkYorgan - May 10, 2011 6:46 p.m.

    I'm presuming that Remedy will produce a prequel. This would allow newbies to join the Wake train and perhaps (hey presto!) persuade these new users to grab a copy of Alan Wake. Once sales have picked up Remedy will produce an Alan Wake 2. Damn, I'm a cynic.
  • Zanthis - May 10, 2011 5:22 p.m.

    I really like Alan Wake, so as long as there is more something I'm excited.
  • FVDub - May 10, 2011 5:21 p.m.

    I don't remember specifically, but wasn't there some sort of "secret society" that Sheriff Breaker mentioned her father and other people of the town were a part of in order to deal with paranormal stuff? Make a game about that! Or about Barry in high school.
  • Redeater - May 10, 2011 4:58 p.m.

    Please no more bullshit thermos collecting! How do you keep a tight suspense game suspensefull when you are looking in every corner for fucking thermoses?

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