Publishing rights for the Alan Wake series of games has reverted back to the original developer, Remedy Entertainment. The announcement was made in an official news release for investors, which also notes a one-time, €2.5 million windfall. No word on what this could mean for a remake of the original game or a proper sequel.
The first game in the series, Alan Wake, was released in 2010 as an Xbox 360 exclusive. The supernatural thriller focused on the adventures of a famous novelist in the fictional town of Bright Falls, Washington. It was divided internally into six “episodes,” and featured two additional downloadable expansions referred to as “specials.” There was also a spinoff called Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, published in 2012, also for the Xbox 360. Both titles are now available on Windows PC.
As revealed by Polygon in 2015, there was an early prototype for Alan Wake 2, but the project was eventually canceled. At least some of the work that went into it is expected to be repurposed for an Alan Wake television series, now in development by Remedy and Contradiction Films. The game’s creator, Sam Lake, is the executive producer while Peter Calloway (Cloak and Dagger, Legion) is set to be the showrunner and writer.
Remedy is currently working on Control, a third-person action adventure game with a solitary female protagonist lost inside a mysterious, shifting structure.