After years of waiting and / or hope, that’s it: Alan Wake is back in the form of a family remaster, the opportunity for the Remedy studio to return to the battered course of the tortured writer .
For the release of Alan Wake Remastered, our colleagues from Games Industry had the opportunity to speak with some of the pundits of Remedy Entertainment, to talk about the gestation of the original, but also the hypothetical following of events.
“I preferred the first album”
The communication manager Thomas puha begins by setting the context for the release of the original in 2010:
I remember when the game came out, I was still a journalist, and Finland’s biggest daily called me to ask me if Alan Wake hadn’t flopped with his million copies sold. There was no point in comparing Alan Wake to a game like Max Payne. It’s been almost eight years between the two, and things have changed dramatically.
Alan Wake took a long time to come out. People were waiting for it, me first, but the years have passed one by one, and at some point you just lose your momentum. It’s a bit like the second album syndrome. After Max Payne, Remedy had the time and the financial resources to create a new license. It is a very difficult position.
After praising Microsoft’s role in Alan Wake’s tumultuous development, it’s the commercial director Johannes Paloheimo who justifies the comeback of the awake after a decade of absence:
Gamers who own a PlayStation console haven’t gotten to know Alan Wake yet, and it’s an audience that tends to enjoy narrative games, which is kind of our specialty. In recent years, single player games have … they haven’t made a “comeback”, because they never really disappeared, but I think we can ignore the ones that herald the death of the genre. . Players really love single player games.
If the two guys from Remedy will not let go of the track concerning the continuation of the Alan Wake adventure, but do not fail to recall all the love they have for the series. And since not everyone has Jeff Grubb’s capricious crystal ball, for the time being we will stick to this testimony which, we hope, may prove to be fraught with innuendo …