However, the Alan Wake franchise’s largest hurdle has all the time been the rights to the franchise itself in addition to the rights to the content material related to the unique video games. Not solely was the sequence briefly faraway from digital storefronts because of music licensing points, however Remedy’s reported curiosity in growing an Alan Wake sequel has beforehand been stifled by Microsoft (who initially owned the rights to the sequence).
Remedy did purchase the rights to Alan Wake in 2019, however followers nonetheless doubted that they’d ever launch a sequel to the sport. Some of that doubt may be attributed to players not eager to be harm by disappointment once more, however the truth is that Alan Wake‘s historically troubled development and subsequent release (as well as the cost/risk of making a narrative-driven horror game in the modern industry) have always been enough to cast reasonable doubt over this sequel’s prospects.
Mind you, the standard of the sequence itself in addition to the artistic potential for a sequel have by no means been limiting elements. Alan Wake was a masterpiece of horror design that will have been extremely tough across the edges however made up for many of its flaws by way of wonderful ambiance, genuinely nice scares, and the very best Stephen King-esque story in horror sport historical past. As anybody who performed Control‘s AWE DLC knows, Remedy is also still clearly excited to dive back into this series’ lore and tie it into their formidable (if nonetheless mysterious) plans for a form of shared universe between a few of their video games. Creatively talking, Alan Wake nonetheless has so much to offer.
The hope presently is that this upcoming remaster is much less of an opportunity to do one thing (something) with the Alan Wake franchise that Remedy now controls and is as an alternative, on the very least, an opportunity for them to check the waters concerning how individuals are in spending cash on an Alan Wake sport in 2021. Recent rumors recommend that the growth of an Alan Wake sequel is certainly lastly underway, although I wouldn’t be stunned to be taught that Remedy is not less than briefly holding off on totally committing to a sequel till they see precisely how properly this remaster is acquired.
On the opposite hand, Resident Evil Village has confirmed to be one of many 12 months’s largest successes and EA is lastly revisiting the Dead Space sequence by way of a long-awaited remake of the unique sport that’s set to be launched in 2022. Maybe studios are beginning to notice that they’ve been underestimating the marketplace for trendy, Triple-A, narrative-driven horror video games. Perhaps such video games won’t ever be the following Call of Duty, however at a time when online game manufacturing is quickly reaching unsustainable ranges, there actually appears to be one thing to say for the way forward for extra conventional horror video games from a sheer market standpoint. Even if such titles find yourself counting on Game Pass to a level to change into worthwhile, now does really feel like the very best time in a very long time for studios to show to the “invest small, sell big” revenue technique that has virtually outlined the marketplace for horror titles for years now.
If that’s the case, then Alan Wake deserves to be one of many leaders of this potential style resurgence. It’s a franchise that’s all the time been a sufferer of circumstances which have prevented it from being performed by everybody who would immediately acknowledge it because the sensible piece of horror sport design that it very a lot is. Alan Wake followers have been making an attempt to maintain this sequence within the dialog for over a decade now, and Alan Wake Remastered may lastly give them the assist they’ve lengthy wanted to proceed preventing the nice battle and persuade as many individuals as attainable to lastly play probably the most fascinating and inventive style titles of the previous couple of gaming generations.