A potential remake of the Alan Wake series inches closer to reality as more and more clues are revealed. Recently, developer Remedy Entertainment finally reacquired the publishing rights to the game from Microsoft, which in itself was a long process. Now that the rights have reverted to Remedy, fans are wondering what the next step might be.
The answer appears in a new rumor that indicates a remaster for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and the Nintendo Switch. The idea comes from YouTube content creator Doctre81 who presents his ideas regarding the possibility of a remaster. Specifically, he focuses on a LinkedIn page of a staff member that works for the studio Virtuous. This staff member claims to be working on a remake of a AAA third-person action adventure game.
This is a big tip off for those familiar with the studio. Virtuous has worked on various other remasters of action-adventure games, including The Last of Us: Remastered, Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection, Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster, Assassin’s Creed: the Ezio Collection, and Dark Souls Remastered. We cannot rule out that the studio is simply working on yet another remaster of a different game, but we must recognize that Remedy has been working long and hard to get the rights to Alan Wake, and now that they have them, there does not seem to be any reason to wait.
There is also the possibility that we are going to see a sequel in the series instead of a remaster. Quantum Break director Mikeal Kasurinen, who was a concept designer for Alan Wake, spoke about what could lie ahead when Remedy regained the rights: “So we own the Alan Wake IP, yes. I just want to say right away that it’s very dear to us and close to our hearts. We all love Alan Wake at Remedy and I think all of us want to see a new Alan Wake game.”
With that said, there are benefits to first offering a remastering over a sequel. It is important to consider that almost a decade has passed since the release of Alan Wake in 2010. The planned sequel was cancelled, but the foundations of that brief development became Quantum Break. American Nightmare, on the other hand, is considered a spinoff. Since so much time has passed, perhaps a remaster onto all the major consoles would serve to first reinvigorate interest in the franchise and give players an opportunity to experience the game for the first time.
For the unfamiliar, the game is largely considered a well-written psychological thriller. At first one may consider that it falls within genre of survival horror, but this is not entirely accurate. Enemies are called “Taken” and characterized by their shadowy appearance.
For now, we only have speculation, but given how long Remedy sought to retake control of the franchise, we must be seeing something announced soon. Either a remaster or a sequel would be welcome news.