That’s according to GamesBeat journalist Jeff Grubb, who reiterated comments he made previously claiming that a full sequel has been greenlit at the Finnish studio.
Possibly adding further credence to the claim is a statement made regarding Remedy’s Epic deal in March 2020, which stated that the two games in its publishing deal would be a “AAA multi-platform game” and a second “smaller-scale” project set in the same franchise.
Epic confirmed this week it’s publishing Alan Wake Remastered.
Grubb said during a Giant Bomb stream (paywall): “They’re planning an Alan Wake sequel. This is something I’ve talked about before… they are working with Epic Games on producing an Alan Wake 2, or at least it’s in the planning stages. So does that turn into anything concrete and real? I’m hopeful. I think so. I don’t imagine it will get derailed.
He added: “Remedy is really busy. They’re super, super busy, so we’ll have to wait and see if that turns into anything soon or not. But yeah, Alan Wake Remastered is them taking back Alan Wake and saying, ‘hey, this is one of our key franchises, we want people to remember it’”.
Alan Wake is an action-adventure game released for Xbox 360 and PC in 2010. It follows a best-selling thriller novelist as he tried to uncover the mystery behind his wife’s disappearance, all while experiencing events from his latest book which he cannot remember writing.
“I want to make it. It’s a curious thing,” Lake told IGN in 2019 of his aspirations for a sequel. “At this point, so much time has passed. I feel that the bar is higher in some ways. It needs to be done right if it’s ever done.
“Everything needs to click into place, which is really hard to make it happen. So many things, for these big games to be greenlit, need to be aligned. But I’m hoping that someday….”
Alan Wake Remastered will release in fall 2021 on PC and consoles, published by Epic Games, and include the original game and its two expansions, improved with 4K visuals and a new commentary from creative director Sam Lake.