Xbox and Remedy Enterainment Bosses Talk ‘Alan Wake 2’
Alan Wake is arguably one of the absolute best horror games of the last decade. So where is our sequel? Well, it seems that head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, is now behind the game being developed as long as the original game’s developer, Remedy Entertainment, “wants it.”
In an interview with Stevivor, talking about the possibility of a sequel and asked, “what would it take?” Phil Spencer replied:
“How do I put this? Well, the developer… the developer has to want to make the game.”
That makes sense. You wouldn’t want a rushed version that has little to no love for the original. Passion and true to the source material have to be there in order for a sequel to be successful. Sequels to highly esteemed games are fickle things. If not executed methodically, you’re looking at a potential franchise killing disaster.
This isn’t the first time a sequel has been in talks – apparently Alan Wake 2 was at one point in fruition. Writer and founding member of Remedy Entertainment, Sam Lake, says that Alan Wake was always intended to be a franchise series of games.
“For Alan Wake, from the get-go, we assumed there was going to be a sequel and we mapped things further out when it came to character, story, details and focus changes. We knew we would have to iterate and refine, but there was always a rough road map there.”
Unfortunately when the idea was brought to the table, the timing was a bit off for Microsoft.
“We showed [Alan Wake 2] to Microsoft and I guess at the time Microsoft was looking for something slightly different for their portfolio.”
This particular meeting eventually led to the Xbox One and PC exclusive, Quantum Break and thrust Remedy into working on their multiplayer ambitions and their own original game engine, Northlight. Don’t worry though, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the horror adventure game’s sequel can’t happen. In fact, Lake went on to say:
“[Microsoft] have been really supportive about Alan Wake and [now head of Xbox] Phil Spencer has been awesomely supportive when it comes to Remedy and Alan Wake along the way.”
There has still yet to be any official confirmation, but we can optimistically cross our fingers that both companies will give enough support to make it happen. In the meantime, you can relive the psychological thriller that is Alan Wake via Xbox One’s backwards compatibility.
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