Alan Wake was an Xbox 360 exclusive by Remedy Entertainment and for quite some time fans have desperately wanted a sequel. The fact the original game ends on such a cliffhanger hasn't helped matters. The fact Remedy hasn’t made one yet is quite shocking, given how popular the game has become over the years, but it looks like that might be changing.
Rumours about a possible Alan Wake 2 have been gaining steam recently. Remedy all but poured gasoline on fans desires when they released Control: AWE, an expansion of Remedy’s acclaimed game 'Control' that actually reveals how both games share the same universe. It’s really fascinating stuff, so if the reports of Alan Wake 2 being one of the Epic Games-funded titles Remedy is working on are true, fans are going to be really happy.
Until anything official is confirmed, here’s everything we know so far about Alan Wake 2.
Alan Wake 2 Release Date
While the rumours of Alan Wake 2 are intriguing and come from a leaker who has had some big reveals, Remedy Entertainment has yet to confirm if the sequel is indeed in development. So no, there is no release date for Alan Wake 2.
Alan Wake 2 Leaks
According to GamesBeat reporter Jeff Grubb, Alan Wake 2 is on the way, with Remedy working together with Epic Games.
“I’ve heard that Remedy is going to be making Alan Wake 2 with Epic,” he said. “It should kind of be the follow-up that fans of that series want.
“There was a bidding war, but Epic had the best publishing deal, and so Alan Wake 2, it seems like it’s coming.
“I don’t know exactly when they’ll announce it, but this is what I’ve heard, and I figured that you guys could hear it here first.”
How Did Control Set Up Alan Wake 2?
Spoilers for those that haven’t played Control, but during the game’s AWE expansion, it’s revealed that Adam Wake is still alive, still trying to escape the cabin he’s seemingly trapped for eternity in and may have even willed the existence of the events of Control through his writing.
It’s pretty convoluted stuff, maybe even a bit self-indulgent of Remedy, but fans enjoyed it and the DLC has definitely succeeded in getting fans interested in Alan Wake 2 and we hope that the characters in Control play a big role.
When Will Remedy Announce Alan Wake 2?
Normally, we’d say something like “wait for E3” but considering how mysterious the Alan Wake series has been, it will probably take a while before an official announcement happens, even if it does happen in E3.
If the recent rumours are true, it’s hard to say if development has already made some significant progress but we’ll assume that some time will pass before Alan Wake 2 is announced, let alone comes out.
Alan Wake 2 Gameplay Footage
Back in 2010 Remedy Entertainment released a 13-minute video showing off some Alan Wake 2 gameplay.
Remedy’s Creative Director Sam Lake told Polygon some years later:
“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 refund, but there was always a rough road map there.”
It's believed that when Microsoft was shown footage of the game they passed in favour of Remedy's other IP, Quantum Break.