There have been two developments on the Alan Wake front that happened in quick succession over the past 24 hours. Yesterday, a LinkedIn resume for CG character animator Althea Suarez Gata revealed that work has been done for Remedy Entertainment on something listed as Alan Wake 2. Then, early this morning, Joystiq delivered a follow-up comment from Remedy’s head of franchise development, Oskari Häkkinen, who wrote to the website in an attempt to address yesterday’s reports.
After expressing his disappointment that the news of more Alan Wake slipped out in this way, without the associated “visuals and information to support it,” Häkkinen made with the news: “Fans of the franchise will be excited to learn that yes, more Wake is coming!” That’s unfortunately roughly the extent of the reveal, but it’s nice to hear confirmation from the source. Häkkinen did share one other little, rather cryptic piece of information, that this “more Wake” he spoke is neither Alan Wake 2 nor is it DLC. Make of that what you will.
If you didn’t play Alan Wake and you have an Xbox 360, go ahead and make the time for it. The gameplay is fun, maybe a little repetitive at times, but the narrative is what sells the package. The game is presented as a Lost-like TV series, complete with discrete episodes/narrative arcs and “Previously On…” bumpers preceding each one. It’s hard to guess what more Wake might entail if it’s not a sequel and it’s not DLC, but knowing there’s more coming is good enough for now.