A pair of new videos have been released for Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, offering the first gameplay footage released since the game’s announcement at the Spike VGAs, shedding some light on the soon to be released sequel that isn’t really a sequel.
The first video is an extensive interview and stage demo from this week’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with Remedy’s franchise development head, Oskari Hakkinen, playing tour guide and filling viewers in on what they can expect from the XBLA title. According to Mr. Hakkinen, the story of Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will last around six hours, not including the side missions and optional story content, such as the return of manuscript collecting. He confirms that the tech has had a noticeable overhaul, updating the visuals and deepening the color palate. The environment has even become more destructible, allowing for more scares from your surroundings.
The story takes place after the original game and places Alan in a full-blown episode of The Twili — er, Night Springs. According to Hakkinen, Wake wrote a couple episodes of Night Springs early in his career. As we all know, everything Alan writes comes back to try and murder him sooner or later — talk about tortured writers. Mix in Mr. Scratch (or Nega Alan) and you have an adventure worthy of the name American Nightmare.