Phil Spencer, the head of Microsoft's Xbox division, states that in order for Alan Wake 2 come to fruition, developer Remedy Entertainment "has to want to make" it.
As if it needed to be said, gaming fans the world over would love to eventually get confirmation that Remedy Entertainment is indeed working on Alan Wake 2. However, the studio doesn't have any news to share when it comes to creating a follow-up to the title in question, for the company is currently busy with two games in development that aren't a direct sequel to the 2010 psychological horror release.
Although this is the case, it doesn't mean that Alan Wake 2 ever getting made is completely off the table, especially if a recent statement from Xbox boss Phil Spencer has any bearing on its future. During an interview with the outlet Stevivor, the Microsoft executive was asked what would be necessary in order for Alan Wake 2 to make its way onto PC and Xbox One, with Spencer stating, "How do I put this? Well, the developer . . . [Remedy] has to want to make the game."
Reading between the lines here, it seems as if Microsoft is definitely behind the production of Alan Wake 2 coming to pass, but it obviously doesn't want to support a shoddy product. With Spencer saying Remedy "has to want to make the game," the implication is that even though Microsoft and the general public want Alan Wake 2 to get created, it wouldn't be worth the effort if the studio is only doing it to meet market demand without putting any passion into the project.
After the success of its genre-bending and narrative driven third-person shooter Quantum Break, Remedy Entertainment appears to be moving somewhat away from titles that rely primarily on solo experiences by trying something new with a focus on creating multiplayer games. This could be one reason as to why Alan Wake 2's development cycle hasn't officially been started.
Of course, none of this is to say that Remedy Entertainment hasn't already pitched Alan Wake 2 in the past. As a matter of fact, several years ago, the studio talked to Microsoft about making an official sequel to the psychological horror game, but apparently the tech firm wanted something different at that point. However, Remedy's Sam Lake has promised that the series will return when the time is right.
Taking all of this into consideration, it's definitely disappointing that Alan Wake 2 is currently sitting on the shelf, but there's no reason to disqualify it eventually getting made, particularly when one acknowledges Spencer's encouragement about its production. That said, it's not as if fans can no longer enjoy the original while they wait, as what many consider to be one of the best modern horror games can now be bought at a relatively inexpensive price for PC and Xbox 360.
Alan Wake 2 currently lacks any official confirmation or release date.