Remedy, developer of the forthcoming Quantum Break, have released prototype footage of what Alan Wake 2 may have looked like if the game had gone in to production.
The video dates back to 2010, shortly after the original Alan Wake released, and shows off concept footage of potential new gameplay mechanics and what the general tone of the game would have been like. According to creative director and head writer, Sam Lake, the footage from the video would not have been part of the actual game but is treated as more of a “mood piece” to show to potential publishers.
“For Alan Wake, from the get-go, we assumed there was going to be a sequel and we mapped things further out when it came to character, story, details and focus changes.” explains creative director and head writer, Sam Lake. “We knew we would have to iterate and refine, but there was always a rough road map there.”
Lake goes on to talk about the story going beyond the first game and its sequel, saying that they saw “the universe as a bigger thing” with Alan Wake being a central character with the supporting cast possibly getting more exploration as the series continued forward. As Remedy conceded that Alan Wake 2 wasn’t going to happen, they included some of their ideas in the downloadable standalone, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, which fans will recognise from the video has a similar setting and enemies.
When Microsoft were shown the prototype they passed on the opportunity as they were looking for something different to add to their portfolio, this would eventually lead to Quantum Break. Although the games are different there are some striking similarities, most notably the episodic feel of the game and, from the gameplay footage, the shooting mechanics look similar as well.
“The thing that made this idea of releasing this prototype demo OK is that it is very much on a high level,” explained Lake. “There are no spoilers in it. That being said, I do hope we get an opportunity to work on Alan Wake 2. I want to do more Wake at some point.” Given that the first game sold 4.5 million copies, it is puzzling just why there wasn’t more buzz around a sequel from publishers. The footage almost acts as a teaser rather than just what could have been, with Remedy maybe hoping that the footage will re-ignite some interest in the game.