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Alan Wake 2 Isn't Alan Wake 2, But Some Other Nebulous Entity

It's not a sequel, and it's not DLC, but it's something. It's definitely something.

Yesterday, a number of sites (including us) reported on a resume listing that seemingly heralded the existence of Alan Wake 2, an as-of-then unannounced sequel to last year's psychological action horror game from Remedy Entertainment. This morning, Remedy responded to several of those reports (not ours...*sniff*...) with a confirmation of the game's existence... of sorts.

So reads Remedy's Statement:

Fans of the franchise will be excited to learn that yes, more Wake is coming! But to be absolutely certain to avoid confusion, this next Wake installment will not be Alan Wake 2. But neither will it be DLC. The rest we're saving for our official announcement when we'll actually SHOW YOU.

We are really excited about this project which a slice of our team has been working on for the last months. It's something that'll definitely give more to the Wake fans out there, but just as importantly, this installment will also give an opportunity for players who aren't familiar with the franchise to finally jump on board.

Yes, confusion has most certainly been avoided here.

Don't ask us, Alan. We're just as confused as you are.

So, to recap: It is not an Alan Wake sequel, nor is it a DLC offering for the first game. Rather, it is something new for fans of the property, but also something that new players can "jump on board" with. Is it a prequel? A Dark Athena-esque updated repackaging of the first game? The Alan Wake/Max Payne crossover we've always dreamed about? Does it have four legs, yet only one foot? If I figure this out, will The Riddler spare Commissioner Gordon's life?

Cryptic language aside, Remedy seems supremely excited about what they're working on, and promises we won't have to wait too terribly long to find out more.

We can't wait to show you more, bear with us. Release dates, platforms and pricing are unconfirmed as of yet, but Fall 2011 is probably a good guess. More coming soon!

I hereby decree a bounty upon this puzzlement! I want someone to slice this Gordian knot before Remedy makes its (seemingly) inevitable E3 announcement. First person in the comments of this story to guess correctly gets some profile points, a Whiskey t-shirt of their choosing (based on whatever we have lying around), and I promise to finally talk to someone about getting rid of that damnedable "first comment" quest.

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Posted by Alex

Yesterday, a number of sites (including us) reported on a resume listing that seemingly heralded the existence of Alan Wake 2, an as-of-then unannounced sequel to last year's psychological action horror game from Remedy Entertainment. This morning, Remedy responded to several of those reports (not ours...*sniff*...) with a confirmation of the game's existence... of sorts.

So reads Remedy's Statement:

Fans of the franchise will be excited to learn that yes, more Wake is coming! But to be absolutely certain to avoid confusion, this next Wake installment will not be Alan Wake 2. But neither will it be DLC. The rest we're saving for our official announcement when we'll actually SHOW YOU.

We are really excited about this project which a slice of our team has been working on for the last months. It's something that'll definitely give more to the Wake fans out there, but just as importantly, this installment will also give an opportunity for players who aren't familiar with the franchise to finally jump on board.

Yes, confusion has most certainly been avoided here.

Don't ask us, Alan. We're just as confused as you are.

So, to recap: It is not an Alan Wake sequel, nor is it a DLC offering for the first game. Rather, it is something new for fans of the property, but also something that new players can "jump on board" with. Is it a prequel? A Dark Athena-esque updated repackaging of the first game? The Alan Wake/Max Payne crossover we've always dreamed about? Does it have four legs, yet only one foot? If I figure this out, will The Riddler spare Commissioner Gordon's life?

Cryptic language aside, Remedy seems supremely excited about what they're working on, and promises we won't have to wait too terribly long to find out more.

We can't wait to show you more, bear with us. Release dates, platforms and pricing are unconfirmed as of yet, but Fall 2011 is probably a good guess. More coming soon!

I hereby decree a bounty upon this puzzlement! I want someone to slice this Gordian knot before Remedy makes its (seemingly) inevitable E3 announcement. First person in the comments of this story to guess correctly gets some profile points, a Whiskey t-shirt of their choosing (based on whatever we have lying around), and I promise to finally talk to someone about getting rid of that damnedable "first comment" quest.

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Edited by Stormer77

Woo First. 

Anyway, this sounds pretty awesome... and confusing.

Edited by nohthink

So it's 1.5

Like Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood wasn't really Assassin's Creed 3 but it wasn't a DLC either but rather 2.5?

Edited by Kyreo

Johnny Quest video game.  I'm calling it!

Posted by 1337W422102

I love me some Remedy.  I just hope they'll make a PC version this time.

Posted by Spoonybard37

Its not a sequel....It's an ocean....

Posted by TheMailToad

I say it's a re-release for PC and PS3. Adds all DLC plus some extra content.

Posted by wolf_blitzer85
@Stormer77 said:
" BNLAH "
But see then we miss out on such conversation altering statements like these!

Alan Wake didn't quite grab me, but I really liked the look of the game. I wouldn't mind seeing something like that maybe pop up on PC....
Posted by ThatFrood

Further falling down its rabbit-hole of meta-literary gameplay, this new game will have its setting be NIGHT SPRINGS, the Twilight Zone knock off tv show in the original game.
Calling it.

Posted by Pandasaurus

looking forward it inevitably missing its release window several times

Posted by buft

Its a super HD 3d remake of the game or a release of the original version of alan wake from the xbox launch year.

Posted by KarlPilkington
@nohthink said:
" So it's 1.5Like Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood wasn't really Assassin's Creed 3 but it wasn't a DLC either but rather 2.5? "
Well lets say Brotherhood is 2.333 and Revelations is 2.666.
Posted by Pie

Downloadable shooter

Edited by TheSlip

It's the Alan Wake board game.
"I wanna be the flare gun!"
"You're always the flare gun!"

Edit: I too was going to say a Night Springs game, but ThatFrood beat me to it. That or a switch in character focus to Thomas Zane or Alan Wake's publicist guy.

Posted by Little_Socrates

How about a completely new game using the style and main character of Alan Wake? You know, as if Alan is just floating around as a protagonist in all his stories?


Or, you know, it could be an Alex Casey game, based on the stories that Alan writes in Alan Wake. That would be cool.
Posted by Baraka528

rock on navarro

Posted by XeloX

hehe, awesome

Posted by louiedog

Leisure Suit Barry

Posted by LiquidPrince

Navarro: "I'm the Batman!"

Posted by HiCZoK

Kinect Derp Wake

Posted by ZombieSpace

Yeah...some PC version sounds about right.

Posted by SSully

It is going to be an interactive kindle game where you read and collect the missing pages by pressing the "Next Page" button. 

Posted by cyraxible

I hope it's a PC release, I was all hyped for this game until they decided to can that. 

Posted by dangeRUSS04

alice wake- to keep with the A. Wake theme

Posted by Yummylee

Kinect edition..? PC version? Or an interactive novel? Or a cardboard cutout edition starring the ever elusive and infinitely charismatic Alan Wake cutout

Posted by FreakAche

It's not a lake.

Posted by gbrading

A PC version! Pleeease let it be a PC version!

Posted by Afroman269

wat?

Posted by Alphazero

Duel joystick shooter for XBLA.


I'd play it as long as it has Barry for co-op.

Posted by knightlyknave

Does that mean that it won't be xbox exclusive this time around? Assuming Sony survives the PSN disaster that would be nice.

Posted by Vexxan

Give me my Wake dammit.

Posted by Clubvodka

Thomas Zane prequel... lots of diving in lakes and sitting around by candlelight writing epic poems about your muse who will later be possessed by evil.

Posted by JimmyJackJones

"this installment will also give an opportunity for players who aren't familiar with the franchise to finally jump on board "  


When there's only one game in the franchise, this kind of statement doesn't really make a whole lot of sense.  
Posted by skudfisher
@Alphazero said:
" Duel joystick shooter for XBLA.

I'd play it as long as it has Barry for co-op.

"
You beat me to it... that was going to be my first guess/joke... That or a top-down car combat game a la Red Faction, despite it making no sense at all for the franchise at all... Maybe an iPhone game? I guess we'll see...
Posted by FinalBoss

I say they are gonna go the episodic path similar to the half-life games. If it's not a sequel or DLC then an XBLA release dosnt seem unlikely. Also the first Alan Wake and the dlc that followed it were set up like a tv show where each chapter ended with a cliffhanger and the credits rolled. then the next chapter would start with "previously on Alan wake". That styal of storytelling is perfect for episodic games. Also the fact that they said it will probably be out by this fall suggests that it won't be a full game considering that it took them like 5 years to make the first one. I can't see them making a full game the very next year.

Posted by dezvous

Yeah seriously, a freaking PC version would be brilliant. I was so upset when it went 360 exclusive. 

Edited by Batmeng

HOW'S ALICE?! HOW'S ALICE?! HOW'S ALICE??!!

Posted by phrosnite

Well if they didn't scrap the PC version we might give a shit for a sequel...

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Posted by cooljammer00

PC port.

Edited by JEC03
@gbrading said:

" A PC version! Pleeease let it be a PC version! "

I'm 99 percent certain there will be one the original game didn't sell well lets just hope this version
comes to PC and isn't as repetitive with the combat or the locations.If it was up to me I go back to there original Idea and go sandbox it doesn't need to be like gta but it does need more freedom.
Posted by ImperiousRix

I can see it being a game centered around Thomas Zane, being essentially a "prequel" to the events of Alan Wake.

It would set up the origins of the Dark, as well as showing the town of Bright Falls during "happier" times, revisiting characters from Alan Wake when they weren't quite so messed up.
Edited by JeanLuc

Its Alan Wake: Off the Record. Its the events of Alan Wake retold with the cardboard cutout of Alan as the main character.

Posted by Getz

I thought for sure they wouldn't get to make a sequel. Yay for great companies not going bankrupt!

Posted by MyNameIsJoe

An Alan Wake facebook game perhaps?

Posted by AtomicEdge

I think it will be a game featuring Alan Wake but with a completely different story. Effectively Alan Wake 2, but it will just have another name like "Alan Wake: Second Edition". Those cheeky PR execs with their clever wording!

Posted by JackGordon86

It's not a sequel and it's not DLC (thank science for that because in my book, a xbla/psn title is DLC as well). Perhaps a PC/PS3 port or some sort of prequel with Thomas Zane as the lead character?

What I absolutely hope it's not is something that involves Kinect as a requirement to play the game... That's a dealbreaker for me.

Posted by HandsomeDead

I'm just happy Remedy is working on something new that's coming out soon.

Posted by DrRandle

It's probably going to be an online web series recapping the events and/or story. Mostly clued in by the "people who haven't played the games can hop on board" style comment. Sounds like they want to make a movie or web series out of it.

Posted by Kurtdyoung

It's a Facebook game. 

Posted by Jayross

So, more horror? Sounds good to me, and I'm glad it's not a direct sequel to AW2.

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