Remedy boss addresses Alan Wake fans
posted on 05.22.13 at 02:54 PM EDT by (@salromano)
"We worked hard to make the sequel happen."

Remedy Entertainment boss Sam Lake has addressed fans who were expecting a sequel to Alan Wake over their new IP Quantum Break at Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal conference yesterday.

“Ater the first game, we worked hard to make the sequel happen,” said Lake in a video message. “But you know, these games are huge undertakings and many things need to fall in place. The right partners and the right funding. From the creative perspective, it would be awesome if we could just create cool stuff and not worry about minor details like money. But we all know that that’s not the case.”

Lake continued, “When Alan Wake came out, it was not a huge hit on day one. It has been doing really well since then. It’s become a cult classic, which is really nice. The Alan Wake franchcise has moved more than three million since, which is a nice figure. But when the game was released, that was not the case immediately. And even though we worked hard on it, the sequel was not happening. The time wasn’t right for that.”

Lake added that the studio could have created something less ambitious, but that it wouldn’t have done justice to the fans, the team at Remedy, or the franchise.

“Wake is really dear to me and to everyone at Remedy. We knew from the beginning that when Wake wakes up in the dark place, that getting out from there is going to be a long, hellish journey and a hard struggle. And I guess that where we are now is fiction becoming reality. We definitely want to keep on working on Alan Wake. I definitely want to create something new for Alan Wake when the time is right.”

With Quantum Break, the studio is aimming to make its “ultimate” game.

“We always have many ideas in the works, and things that we are excited about,” said Lake. “And happily, we got a full backing for something new, a new concept, a new IP—something big, bigger than what we have ever created before. Something where we could take everything we have learned from Alan Wake, everything we’ve learned from Max Payne, and we were able to put that all together, and to create what could be called the ultimate Remedy Experience.”

To thank Alan Wake fans for their understanding, Remedy Entertainment has put together a package including Alan Wake, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, and bonus content like exclusive videos, never-before-seen comics, behind-the-scenes materials, screenplays, and more on Humble Bundle. If you haven’t used the service before, it’s ‘pay what you want.’ And for Xbox 360 owners, Remedy worked with Microsoft to create “awesome offers” for everything Alan Wake-related, including games, avatars, add-ons, available today.

Watch the full video message below.

  • Solomon_Kano

    Never did finish Wake when I had a 360, but I liked it. If literally everything about the Xbox One didn’t sound so bad, Quantum Break might have had a chance at selling me on the system.

  • Locksus

    I really, really liked Alan Wake (I might be a little bit biased since Remedy is Finnish also :p), but I’m glad to see them doing something new, even though Alan Wake did leave room for a sequel.
    I also wish other developers would do something like this more often. It gives me an impression that they really care about their fanbase.

  • Claude

    It’s a pretty sad state of the industry when a new franchise can move 3 million units and still can’t secure funding for a sequel.

    • Al Buns

      I wonder how much of that revenue came from Steam? Notice he did not say the game moved 3 million units specifically on the 360.

      • Claude

        Well I’d assume that a theoretical Alan Wake 2 would also get a Steam release…

        • Kurisu Makise

          Bigger question, who owns the IP, Remedy or Microsoft?

          • artemisthemp

            Remedy most likely, since it got a Steam release

            • Kurisu Makise

              Hmm but Microsoft may or may not own the first right for Refusal on the IP or the might own the name but not the universe…either way, clearly they want to do said sequel but MS isn’t entertaining it =

  • Zero

    I really appreciate Remedy putting up both Alan Wake games on Humble Bundle. I’ve already purchased both. It’s a great deal with all the bonus goodies.

    If someone from Remedy happens to read this – Thanks again, i’d also like to say — I thought Quantum Break was the best thing about the Xbox One Reveal. It’s a shame that because of what Microsoft is doing with the Xbox One, I won’t be purchasing it. I hope one day you can bring it to another platform. I wish you the best of luck!

  • Al Buns

    I can get Alan Wake on Steam so if Quantum Break becomes available on steam Remedy will get my support. No need for the Xbox DONE!

  • bloodiOS

    Remedy Entertainment is, more or less, Microsoft’s property at this point.

  • Hating Ass Nigga

    Hoping they find a way to put this one 360 also.