Despite currently working on Control, its next game, Remedy can’t stop considering what could have been. Alan Wake was always meant to be a series, but low sales prevented it from expanding beyond a single DLC drop. Alan Wake 2 ended up a dream, one that Remedy’s boss Sam Lake still hopes to see become reality.
“I want to make it,” Lake said while speaking with IGN. “It’s a curious thing. 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…”
Remedy certainly has both the will and the way to make Alan Wake 2 a possibility. Earlier in the month, rights to the franchise reverted back to Remedy after earning 2.5 million euros for previously released games. At the time, Remedy announced it would use the money to “invest in developing new games.”
Shedding new light
Could the cash bump be used for another Alan Wake? Of course it could, so long as the opportunity presents itself, as Lake has said. Although, this is a relatively new take on the company that brought us Alan Wake and Max Payne. Earlier in April, Remedy’s Thomas Puha was somewhat more dire over Alan Wake than Lake. In an interview with VG247, he said the sequel “just didn’t pan out.” Instead, Puha mentions that the company is betting everything on the success of Control, as well as its other game Crossfire.
Lake fears that Alan Wake no longer has a place in the world of games. He almost said as much in his chat with IGN. However, that doesn’t mean the story will end with that admission. Alan Wake is currently set to appear on the silver screen. Producer Peter Calloway has been signed on as a showrunner and writer along with Lake, who’s joining the project as an executive producer. It seems that sequel or no, nothing can stop the story from continuing in some form.