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Remedy has officially announced Alan Wake Remastered, an updated version of its 2010 cult classic.
The remaster 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.
In an open letter published on fan site Sudden Stop, Lake dedicated the remaster to the Alan Wake series’ fanbase.
“This is for you,” he wrote. “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.”
He added: “Alan Wake Remastered is the original experience you fell in love with all those years ago. We did not want to change that. But the visuals all around, including the character model of Alan Wake himself and the cinematics, have been updated and improved with some choice next-generation upgrades.”
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.
With the original game having launched exclusively on Xbox 360, this will be the first time ever that Alan Wake will be available to PlayStation users. Remedy acquired the Alan Wake publishing rights from original publisher Microsoft in July 2019, having already owned the IP rights.
The first project in the deal was a “AAA multi-platform game” already in pre-production, the company said, while the second was described as a “smaller-scale” project set in the same franchise.
GamesBeat reporter Jeff Grubb claimed in March that one of the two games was going to be Alan Wake 2.
The studio’s creative director Sam Lake subsequently revealed he’d like to make an Alan Wake sequel.