The rights to the Alan Wake series are back in the hands of the games’ developer Remedy Entertainment, having long been held by original publisher Microsoft. The news comes as Remedy announced a return of 2.5 million euros in royalties as a one-time payment coming in the second half of 2019, also noting that the publishing rights are reverted to the company.
Alan Wake was first announced in 2005 at E3, with Remedy coming off the back of several years worth of Max Payne games. At the time they did not have a publisher, but signed an exclusivity deal with Microsoft in 2006 to bring the game to Xbox 360 and Vista. The PC version would eventually be dropped as the game went through development, eventually coming out in 2010. This would eventually be revived for a 2012 Steam release with Microsoft eventually greenlighting the project after Remedy repeatedly asking.
While the game gained a cult following, it only received a small scale standalone spin-off, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. Remedy showed a prototype of Alan Wake 2 to a number of publishers, after Microsoft decided not to pick them up on the game, but failed to find backing and eventually cancelled the project. Instead, Microsoft wanted to work on another new IP, resulting in the development of a video game and TV hybrid Quantum Break, as an exclusive for Xbox One and PC.
Since then, Remedy and Microsoft went their separate ways, with Remedy announcing that they would return to multiplatform development and unveiling their supernatural third person metroidvania Control, which is due out at the end of August – it looks pretty spiffy, I might add!
So, with the rights to Alan Wake back in the hands on Remedy and Control’s imminent release, what does this mean? Well, the game does still have some brand recognition, and the company could test the waters with a remaster of the game for PS4 and Xbox One, even Switch to see if there’s enough interest there to warrant a second shot at making a full sequel.
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UPDATE: “The only thing we want to clarify, now that Remedy owns the publishing rights, is that we could bring Alan Wake to different platforms if we so choose,” a Remedy spokesperson told Eurogamer. “We have nothing to announce for now.”
Source: Global News Wire