Alan Wake 2 prototype footage released, but will never launch
Remedy Entertainment has released gameplay footage for Alan Wake 2, a game that will never be made.
The 13-minute video of Alan Wake 2 footage is for a game that will never actually be made.
This particular video dates back to 2010, just after the original Alan Wake was released and isn’t for a game that’s currently in production whatsoever.
Instead some of the features appeared in Alan Wake: American Nightmare, but others have been ignored altogether.
This is all explained in a recent Polygon interview with Remedy’s Creative Director Sam Lake, where he talks of the studios’ previous plans for the Alan Wake universe.
“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,” explained Lake. “We knew we would have to iterate and refine, but there was always a rough road map there.”
“Definitely what we have mapped out is a longer thing than the first game and a sequel; there is more to it. In many ways we see the universe as a bigger thing. Alan Wake is a very central character, but we have other characters around him like [friend and agent Barry Wheeler] and his wife Alice and Sheriff Sarah Breaker and other characters there.”
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Apparently the gameplay trailer shown below was just one of many Remedy built at the time, but this was the most polished.
When Alan Wake: American Nightmare was released as a standalone spin-off from the original game, it became quickly apparent Remedy wasn’t going to release Alan Wake 2.
That’s partly because when Microsoft was shown the below prototype footage, it passed on the title in favour of Remedy’s upcoming title Quantum Break.
“They have been really supportive about Alan Wake and [Xbox boss] Phil Spencer has been awesomely supportive when it comes to Remedy and Alan Wake along the way,” added Lake. “We showed it to Microsoft and I guess at the time Microsoft was looking for something slightly different for their portfolio.”