April 1st is a challenging day to believe in even the most earnest of rumours. Bad timing then, for a rumour to begin life yesterday, willing us to believe an Alan Wake sequel is finally on the cards. But 11 years after the original master stoke, it seems this one might just be true. Remedy and Epic have formed a holy alliance, and Alan Wake 2 will be their first digital offspring.
The report, surfaced initially by Video Games Chronicle comes from famed industry insider Jeff Grubb. He made the claims during his usual Wednesday night podcast stream. In his words,
“I’ve heard that Remedy is going to be making Alan Wake 2 with Epic, it should kind of be the follow-up that fans of that series want. There was a bidding war, but Epic had the best publishing deal, and so Alan Wake 2, it seems like it’s coming”.
That was about all the info we got, it should be known. There’s no detail on when we might expect this most anticipated second coming. No detail gleamed at this stage from either Remedy or Epic Games, although we have reached out for comment. And we can’t forget the day the information landed. Perhaps, then more than a pinch of salt is required here. But it’s no secret that Remedy have wanted to make this game for some time. Creative Director, Sam Lake said in 2019,
“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.”
Back to Bright Falls; Alan Wake 2 could well be on the cards
The collective fanfare for Alan Wake was pitched up a notch when it was revealed that Control shared the same universe. This was revealed in the recent AWE DLC for the latter game. Another point to note is that Remedy and Epic Games have also signed an agreement. This determined that Epic would publish the studios next two titles, and was agreed back in 2020.
Now that the next gen version of Control is out the door, the studio will no doubt have time on its hands. Time, one would hope, to start kicking the tyres on a new game. Whether or not that’s a new, or well-worn IP remains to be seen. Given the date of the leak, we’ll keep our ears peeled for more tit-bits over the days to come. Stay tuned for updates as and when we get them.
“Video games are great. I should know, I’ve played some.”
Olly S, July 2020