At long last, there’s some light at the end of the tunnel for fans of horror series Alan Wake. The first game release to both critical and commercial acclaim in 2010, and it was almost immediately followed up by pseudo-sequel Alan Wake’s American Nightmare in 2011. After that though, absolutely nothing. One would think that Remedy simply wasn’t interested in continuing the story, but it turns out that they simply couldn’t make more games due to legal reasons. Weird, eh?
It takes a lot of money to get a high-tier game made these days, and the process of securing that funding can sometimes result in a very murky legal situation in regard to who actually has the right to use the game’s IP. Until now, Alan Wake was one of those IPs, meaning that Remedy would have had to jump through all sorts of legal hoops in order to legally make another game. However, that’s no longer the case.
Today, Remedy received their share of royalties from the game’s sales; this came in the form of 2.5 million euros and the returning of all Alan Wake publishing rights to Remedy. Simply put, the contract is up and the Alan Wake team is finally free to take another crack the story they started almost a decade ago. This doesn’t guarantee that they’ll make another game, but it would be absolutely amazing to see the story continue after that non-ending we got in Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. Alan deserves better than that, dang it!
Are you psyched for the return of Alan Wake? What would you like to see happen in the next game?
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