Remedy Entertainment has only gone and announced Alan Wake 2, a full-on sequel to their horror-infused action game from over a decade ago. Alan Wake 2 is coming out for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC via the Epic Games Store in 2023.
Immediately after the trailer’s debut, Sam Lake explained that Alan Wake 2 will have much more of a survival horror tone to it than the original, so you better buckle in for some spooky times. The game is in development in partnership with publisher Epic Games.
Writing on the PlayStation Blog, Lake also explained:
For over a decade, after Alan Wake, in between every project we have made, I have eagerly worked on Alan Wake 2 with a small core team, dreaming up different incarnations of the concept. But getting a large game project funded and greenlit is a complex effort that depends on many things, some of which are beyond our control. We never gave up hope. If anything, we grew more determined as years passed. Each version of the concept felt better than the previous one. It is easy to feel happy and excited now that Alan Wake 2 is finally happening based on our latest iteration of the concept, and not the ones that came before that. We’re so happy to be at this point, after so much hard work, sharing our excitement with you. […]
This is a monumental moment for us at Remedy. For me personally. Leading up to the announcement, our internal codename for the sequel has been Project Big Fish. David Lynch has said: “Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper.” Alan Wake 2 is our big fish. We are diving deeper than ever, into an ocean of darkness.
It all makes sense now why Remedy released Alan Wake Remastered earlier this year, bringing their original game in the universe to modern platforms. The game was enhanced for 4K, the team going back through and enhancing the visuals in a number of ways.
Of course, Alan Wake has made another appearance in the last few years. Remedy revealed that yes, Control is actually a part of the Alan Wake universe when they expanded on that game through its two expansion packs and tied the two together.