The new Alan Wake Remastered is confirmed for release this year, bringing visual updates to the psychological thriller game. Originally released in 2010 on Xbox 360 and PC, Alan Wake focuses on the titular character’s supernatural journey to solve the murder of his wife. The game became a cult classic, with fans enjoying the mysterious story and unique gameplay of using light to help Alan Wake defeat the shadow-like Taken.
Developer Remedy Entertainment has often called back to the game in the years since its release, including Alan Wake Easter eggs in Quantum Break and Control. The developer has even taken steps to create a Remedy Universe that ties Alan Wake into its successors. This was established recently in Control‘s AWE expansion, which involved protagonist Jesse Faden investigating Alan Wake and the events of Bright Falls directly.
Following a leak about a potential Alan Wake remaster, Remedy creative director Sam Lake confirmed Alan Wake Remastered for fall 2021. The remaster will be available on Xbox and PlayStation consoles and PC (via the Epic Games Store), made in partnership with Epic Games Publishing. Lake acknowledged the love fans have shown for Alan Wake since it came out, saying the remaster was made “because of your support for Alan Wake through the years.”
In terms of changes, Lake said, “Alan Wake Remastered is the original experience you fell in love with all those years ago“ with improvements to visuals across the board. Alan Wake’s character model and the cinematics have seen updates, and the remaster takes advantage of “some choice next-generation upgrades” – likely things like PS5 DualSense controller support. The remaster will also include every DLC episode released for the original game, as well as new audio commentary from Lake himself.
Keeping the core experience of Alan Wake the same while improving its visuals makes sense, as it allows new and returning players to experience the original game with a new coat of paint (perhaps paving the way for a potential Alan Wake sequel). It’s especially exciting for PlayStation owners, since the original has long been exclusive to Xbox and PC. Hopefully, Alan Wake Remastered gameplay will be shown soon, detailing the visual changes Remedy has implemented. It’s possible fans could see it at the coming PlayStation Showcase event.
Source: Remedy Entertainment