Following a leak from last week, Remedy Entertainment has officially confirmed that it will be releasing a remastered version of its cult classic action-adventure thriller from 2010, Alan Wake.
Alan Wake Remastered will be available on PC on the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4/Pro, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X this fall. (Yes, it appears to be an Epic Games Store exclusive on PC.)
Alan Wake Remastered was announced via a letter published by Remedy creative director Sam Lake, who wrote the story and screenplay for Alan Wake and has contributed greatly to all of the studio’s games. Lake talked about how much the game meant to him and how the remaster was happening due the support of fans.
This is for you. Alan Wake came out over 11 years ago, and through that time, you have told us again and again how much you love the game, the story, the characters, and the lore. And that matters a lot to us. We love this game as well. I love this game. The remaster is coming because of your support for Alan Wake through the years. That is why we felt it was fitting to make this announcement here, at The Sudden Stop, which has been an integral part of the Remedy community since back in 2012, when it started out as an Alan Wake fansite. The Remedy community wouldn’t be what it is today without The Sudden Stop, and we wanted to show our gratitude by telling you about Alan Wake Remastered right here. So thank you, Rachel, and everyone else, for supporting Remedy and our games through all these years.
Lake goes on to talk about how personal the Alan Wake character and story is to him, being that he’s a writer himself. Wake is a best-selling thriller novelist who must fight off dark entities called The Taken after his wife goes missing in the small, fictional town of Bright Walls, Washington. Combat revolves largely around flashlights, which are used to weaken The Taken and open them up to traditional weaponry such as pistols and shotguns.
This story and character were personal in many ways. Alan Wake, being a writer himself, gave me an opportunity to use what I do and love as a writer as an element in the story. Alan Wake also contained the mystery of forests and lakes, which are precious to me as a Finn. And, instead of a focused one-note horror fare, it was this strange, even wasteful mix of horror, humor and supernatural mystery. I also love it because it turned out to be a very hard game to make, with many struggles along the way, and that makes me even prouder of what we achieved.
Lake didn’t disclose too much about how Alan Wake Remastered has been improved visually, but he did promise that there are some “choice next-generation upgrades,” with improved “visuals all around, including the character model of Alan Wake himself, and the cinematics.”
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