Confirmed: New Alan Wake in the works – isn't a sequel?

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While many would argue that Alan Wake wasn’t the great exclusive explosion of awesomeness that everyone was hoping it was going to be (especially considering the long development time), it was still a game that I thoroughly enjoyed playing, so the prospect of a new one is one that I am very interested in.

It has now been confirmed that the next installment is in the works, but what… what’s that we hear? It isn’t Alan Wake 2 or DLC? So what on earth is it.

Rumours of a sequel were all over the net last week thank’s to a slip on an artist’s resume, and while Remedy were sad that there was a small slip, they handed it gracefully in a response to Joystiq, saying:

“…it’s a shame that this news leaked before our official announcement which will of course include the visuals and information to support it. 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.”

They continue on to say:

“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.”

So it looks like we are all going to have to play the waiting game to find out what’s going on and I find it very interesting that they have said that Fall 2011 would be a “good guess” for the release date, because that’s just around the corner.

We will probably be hearing a lot from them at E3, and this may just be one of the cards that Microsoft were hoping to play at E3 to try and beef up their fairly weak looking 2011 exclusives line-up.

I’m kinda sad that it’s not a direct sequel, as I really wanted to see where it was going, let’s just hope its not only an iPhone app or something silly like that. Then again, it could be something Kinect-related and we all know how spectacularly that could go…

I’ve posted the full response for you to check out below, so here it is:

So referring to your most recent Joystiq post … It’s awesome to hear you say that Alan Wake appears in your hearts – I’ve read through all the responses on your site which is fueled with positive responses. It really would seem Alan Wake is very close to the hearts of the fans out there, and to ours too. To that point, it’s a shame that this news leaked before our official announcement which will of course include the visuals and information to support it. 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. We are really excited about this project which a slice of our team has been working on for the last months. 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.

We can’t wait to show you more, bear with us. Release dates, platforms and pricing are unconfirmed as of yet, but Fall 2011 is probably a good guess. More coming soon!

Oh well, let’s wait and see what they say. For now, we can always have more fun speculating and making crap up. So to begin with, I reckon it will be an Alan Wake/Max Payne crossover with alien invasions and olympic events, obviously for Kinect.

Source: Joystiq

Last Updated: May 10, 2011

Nick De Bruyne

Video games writer, editor and critic since '08. Living and breathing video games, movies and cars since the 80s. Follow me on Twitter if you love tons of gaming talk, and @pennyworthrevs for fun stuff and links.

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