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Alan Wake Gets Early Release Date

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Alan Wake Gets Early Release Date

We first discussed Alan Wake back in 2006 and made it one of our games to watch in 2008 (!), but after numerous delays not only do we now have a formal release date, but one which has been moved up.

14 May is the new global launch day for the Xbox 360 exclusive and while that only shaves off a week from when it had been expected, after a four year wait we'll take what we can get.

"Fans in Europe have been crying out to get their hands on Alan Wake since it was first announced and we’re thrilled to be able to deliver it to them early," said Stephen McGill, Director of Xbox & Entertainment without the slightest hint of irony.

Need a reminder? Protagonist Alan Wake is a best-selling crime writer suffering from writer’s block. He escapes to a small town only to experience the mysterious disappearance of his wife. As he tries to piece together what happened he discovers the story of his new novel - one he has no memory of writing - is playing out in front of him him line-by-line.

Created by Remedy, the team behind Max Payne, Alan Wake is a sandbox-based psychological thriller in a similar mould to Grand Theft Auto and has us extremely excited. For more check-out our preview.

Link:

Alan Wake Xbox 360 Homepage

hankb6d

April 7, 2010, 6:44 pm

So they chicken out on a duel with Red Dead Redemption not a surprise RDR has GOTY stamped all over it even before release. Rockstar rock!!!

Gordon394

April 7, 2010, 9:52 pm

@hank - I couldn't possibly comment ;)





...apart from this, err - comment.

Ryan131

April 7, 2010, 10:18 pm

Are other formats still 'on-hold' or have they been canned altogether?

hankb6d

April 7, 2010, 10:25 pm

@Gordon





I could possibly comment... with this err... comment





Alan Wake is looking to be a fantastic game. Poltergeists in a video game? From a meh it has gone to yay for me. Cowboy justice is finally going to be digitally served too. May is looking outstanding for gameing this year.

Pbryanw

April 7, 2010, 11:15 pm

@Ryan - As far as I know, the PC version has been cancelled, which is a shame.





Apparently, "Some games are more suited for the intimacy of the PC, and others are best played from the couch in front of a larger TV screen. We ultimately realised that the most compelling way to experience Alan Wake was on the Xbox 360 platform, so we focused on making it an Xbox 360 exclusive," a Microsoft spokesperson said.





However, Remedy have not ruled it out entirely: http://www.eurogamer.net/artic...

Digital Fury

April 9, 2010, 1:41 pm

"Some games are more suited for the intimacy of the PC, and others are best played from the couch in front of a larger TV screen. We ultimately realised that the most compelling way to experience Alan Wake was on the Xbox 360 platform, so we focused on making it an Xbox 360 exclusive," a Microsoft spokesperson said.





Typical load of BS from PR people; vague, ambiguous and pompous statements, rather than stick to facts.





What they meant to say was that "Some games are more suited to push Xbox 360 boxes out of the shelves, if me make them exclusives. Alan Wake is one of them, so to make sure that you buy that Xbox 360, we killed the PC version."

Hans Gruber

April 9, 2010, 3:33 pm

@Digital Fury, {thumbs up} right on brother, well said. Alan Wake, intimately better suited to sitting at least 3 feet away from your tv screen using an xbox controller? I think not.

hankb6d

April 9, 2010, 7:27 pm

@digital fury @red





Pompous LOL Learn what the word actually means before you select the predictive text comment speak. Xbox costs £120 half the price of the top end GFX card which will be outdated in three years and that is a FACT. It's a console DEDICATED to games, that may sound strange but instead of crying a little inside I say get a better job or get rid of this nerd snobbery. Let me guess it started with the MW2 boycott LOL

MrGodfrey

April 11, 2010, 1:06 am

hank: A good PC gaming rig will use the latest technology to provide better graphics, while the mouse and keyboard combination remains a far superior control method for many games than any console controller. That is also a "FACT".





Before you start accusing me of "nerd snobbery", I currently use an XBox and PS3 for the majority of my gaming. But I can't deny that a PC can be a better gaming machine. More to the point, this isn't a XBox to PS3 port we're talking about; there is no reason why a PC version of this game cannot be made. The ONLY reason for not doing so is that Microsoft want to maximise their XBox sales. There are plenty of reasons someone might want to play a game on the PC rather than purchase a games console, and most have nothing at all to do with snobbery. The only snobbery I see is your inverse snobbery at PC gaming "nerds".





Incidentally, do try to get your argument straight - first you explain that PC gaming is more expensive; then you tell a PC gamer to "get a better job" in order to play an XBox game - eh?

Hans Gruber

April 11, 2010, 3:51 am

@hank





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