Announced during The Game Awards, the trailer shows off Alan in various locations including the wilderness, and New York City.
Sam Lake, speaking on the game said it will be a “survival horror”. However, Lake did admit the game would “go dark” for some time before new information is revealed.
“If we go back to 2019, that’s when we got the publishing rights back from Microsoft,” he said. “We held the IP before that, but these things can be quite complicated. But once we got the publishing rights back, the road was a lot clearer in terms of ‘we can do it now’.
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“I just want to make sure Microsoft doesn’t come across as bad, though. There would be no Alan Wake without Microsoft in the first place. You know, we had to take the game off the shelves back in 2017 when the music licences expired, and it was out for something like a year, and Microsoft was really helpful in getting those licences back.
“And then, we never had Alan Wake on modern platforms, and have never had it on PlayStation at all, so we’ve always felt that there’s a sizeable audience out there who’ve never had the opportunity to play the game so once we got the publishing rights back it was pretty clear that ‘okay, we should, and we want to, make a remaster’, and really we kicked it off pretty fast then.
“But there were other things coming into play. Remedy has 300 people in Finland but we now have structure in place that lets us work better with external partners, such as [UK studio] d3t in this case. So there’s just a lot of different variables that came into play to make it happen.”