Alan Wake Was Basically Rebuilt 3 Years Into Development

Writer Sam Lake remembers the game's rough development cycle.

Posted By | On 15th, May. 2020

alan wake

It is easy to think of Alan Wake as Remedy’s cult classic hit that would, in many ways, define their work in the years to come. But the reality was that the game was thought to be vaporware at one point, first being announced way back at E3 2005. It would not actually release until 2010 for the Xbox 360, eventually getting a PC port. It’s not been clear what exactly happened to cause the delay, but now we have shed some light on a rather dark period for Remedy Entertainment.

Writer Sam Lake spoke to Ars Technica for their War Stories series. In it he breaks down that the core of the issues came from originally wanting Alan Wake to be an open world title, something you can see hints of in the original E3 2005 trailer. But the game they were trying to design could not translate to that, and eventually the company drifted far away from the concept and even with signing a publishing deal with Microsoft, struggled to get the project together into something functional.

Roughly three years into development, they finally decided to scrap the open world and built from there. While some of the ideas from that initial open world concept did survive, it eventually became the game we know today. There’s quite a bit more detail to the story, which you can check out below. It’s well worth the listen.

Alan Wake is available on PC as well as Xbox One through backward compatibility of the 360 version. It will come to Game Pass for both Xbox One and PC on May 21st.


Amazing Articles You Might Want To Check Out!



Share Your Thoughts Below  (Always follow our comments policy!)



Keep On Reading!

Solar Ash Shows Trippy, Contemplative Vibe With Launch Trailer

Solar Ash Shows Trippy, Contemplative Vibe With Launch Trailer

The next game from Heart Machine gets a trailer to celebrate its launch that shows off its trippy art style.

GRID Legends Gameplay and Release Date Reveal Set for December 3

GRID Legends Gameplay and Release Date Reveal Set for December 3

Codemasters confirms a major imminent reveal for GRID Legends, featuring information on gameplay, the game's l...

Titanfall 1 Sales Are Being Discontinued

Titanfall 1 Sales Are Being Discontinued

But Respawn Entertaiment reassures fans again that the series remains "core" to the studio's DNA, and that "th...

Halo Infinite – Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscribers Will Get Monthly Multiplayer Bonuses

Halo Infinite – Xbox Game Pass Ultimate Subscribers Will Get Monthly Multiplayer Bonuses

The first of these bonuses will arrive at launch, bringing XP boosts, challenge swaps, and a coating for the A...

Pokemon Unite Wins Google Play’s Game Of The Year

Pokemon Unite Wins Google Play’s Game Of The Year

TiMi Studios Group's MOBA Pokemon Unite has been crowned as the Best Game of 2021 in Google Play's Game Awards...

Knockout City Season 4 Update Launch Trailer Showcases New Content, Coming Next Week

Knockout City Season 4 Update Launch Trailer Showcases New Content, Coming Next Week

Knockout City's Season 4 update brings the game's biggest map to date, along with a fun new way to traverse th...