The last time we had heard about Alan Wake, it was far back in October with the release of The Writer Downloadable Content for the Xbox 360. After experiencing its seamless and well-paced story, many players hoped it would only be a matter of time before they got a second volume of Wake’s haunting story. Except… Remedy Entertainment hasn’t said a word yet about Alan Wake 2, only that they have been itching to make it.
Perhaps there is more news about an Alan Wake sequel than Remedy is ready to let on. A Linkedin profile recently popped up and French-hosted site Xboxygen managed to sneak a peek at one of the artists’ resumes. The artist — a Miss Althea Gata Suarez — has apparently been working on Alan Wake 2 for the past month, more specifically with “in-game cinematic.” Her home company, Halon Entertainment, has also worked on the Halo: Reach short “Deliver Hope,” and other big-named Hollywood titles, including one “Untitled Alien Project.”
While this is a far cry away from being a confirmed sequel, it does bring hope to seeing Alan Wake 2 in the near future. The original had a somewhat grim beginning, with stiff sales competition from Rockstar’s Red Dead Redemption. At the time, Alan Wake was only able to move 145 thousand units, compared the 1.4 million it’s since sold.
Given how well the story was told, the breadth and level of sophistication that the game presented — plus it did pretty well on the review circuit, too — is there any doubt that we’ll be seeing a second story? Remedy has already talked about facial animation technology that would best what is now being used for L.A. Noire. Implementing such technology could greatly boost the visual performance of an Alan Wake sequel.
Plus, Alan Wake writer Mikko Rautalahti did say that while the first game could be seen as a standalone title, that he and his writing cohorts are ready to bring something “weird, scary, and wonderful” to the sequel. Really, the question of another Alan Wake game becomes not “if” but “when?” With E3 just around the corner, it may be only a matter of time before Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft surprise us with another bestseller.
Would you like to play another Alan Wake game? Do you believe it’s already in development? Do you think a sequel could be more successful than the first game?