Remedy: No Alan Wake on PC Unless Microsoft Says So

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Remedy: No Alan Wake on PC Unless Microsoft Says So

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More bad news for PC gamers: Remedy has reportedly confirmed that the PC version of Alan Wake is not just delayed but possibly dead, unless Microsoft elects to proceed with it at a future date.

The news went out last week that Remedy is "focusing all its efforts on the 360 version" of Alan Wake and that as a result, the PC release would be delayed. A Remedy representative wrote on the Alan Wake forums that the company would comment further on the status of the PC version at some point in the future.

The future is now, apparently, and PC gamers aren't going to like what they hear: Alan Wake on the PC is essentially dead unless Microsoft says otherwise.

"Thank you for your continued interest in Alan Wake. It is accurate that we are currently working exclusively on the Xbox 360 version of Alan Wake," the studio said in a message to fan site BrightFalls.net. "PC plans are currently open, and therefore it's safe to say that at least a simultaneous launch with the Xbox version will not happen at this late stage. Remedy has a deep heritage in PC gaming and would love to see a PC version available to its PC followers, ultimately however this decision lies with our publisher."

And that, as they say, is that. I still think it's unlikely that the PC release will be canceled outright but Microsoft is clearly going to leverage the title as an Xbox 360 exclusive as much as it possibly can. Can't really blame the company for that - all's fair in the console wars - but it does cast a certain doubt on their professed commitment to PC gaming.

We've contacted Remedy for more details and will update when we can.

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I hate how microsoft squanders it's potential with the PC as a gaming platform. You know, the PC platform, something that NINTENDO AND SONY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO!

I'd like to say I'm disappointed, but from the showing at E3 I'm not really missing much. Remedy should really just go and work on the next Max Payne game.

Keep in mind folks that it took four years of development for this game to arrive. FOUR YEARS just for a generic hybrid of Resident Evil 4 and Luigi's Mansion?

Hell, I don't even want this game on the Xbox 360. Make Max Payne you bastards!

ElArabDeMagnifico:
I hate how microsoft squanders it's potential with the PC as a gaming platform. You know, the PC platform, something that NINTENDO AND SONY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO!

I would have to guess that they had to add more console exclusives because two recycled Halo games wasn't enough.

The PC is potentially the most powerful gaming platform in existence, yet it continues to get treated like the redheaded stepchild of the gaming world. Never mind that the PC is where the modern gaming trend really started and where it lived for years.

This seems like a dumb kinda move

bue519:

ElArabDeMagnifico:
I hate how microsoft squanders it's potential with the PC as a gaming platform. You know, the PC platform, something that NINTENDO AND SONY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO!

I would have to guess that they had to add more console exclusives because two recycled Halo games wasn't enough.

Well, a friend of mine replied to me in a previous thread about this:

*flashback to 1 week ago*

KDR_11k:

ElArabDeMagnifico:
I heard MS say something on shacknews along the lines of "if this gets released on both the 360 and PC simultaneously in Europe, they will buy the PC version 9 times out of 10."

PC version: 50€. 360 version: 70€. What could POSSIBLY make people prefer the PC version...

I think it'll eventually come out for PC, but even if I don't like it, it makes sense that Microsoft is favoring the Xbox release.

Still...Remedy has a history with PCs and I've played Max Payne 2 mods until recently. It's hard to imagine the guys who developed Max Payne won't be able to release their game on the PC.

Well fuck me. Remedy's past games, Max Payne 1 and 2, were awesome PC games ported to consoles and now we'll be lucky to have a console port on PC... This industry's getting on my nerves as every developer except VALVe goes console first.

The first GTAs versus the new ones.
Knights of the Old Republic versus Mass Effect.
The Elder Scrolls 1 through 3 versus Oblivion. (Shall I mention Fallout as well?)
Far Cry and fucking Crysis versus Crysis 2.
Splinter Cell.
Rainbow Six.
More
More
More that my sleepy mind can't think of right now...

I'm sad that I won't be playing it if it doesn't come to PC.

Well I was looking forward to the game...

I can still get it on my 360 though

pimppeter2:

I can still get it on my 360 though

As far as I can tell, wouldn't that make the problem worse?

bue519:
Remedy should really just go and work on the next Max Payne game.

Remedy sold ALL rights to Max Payne to Take 2.

It's a shame they went MS exclusive.

ElArabDeMagnifico:

pimppeter2:

I can still get it on my 360 though

As far as I can tell, wouldn't that make the problem worse?

Idk, I've been semi waiting for this game too long. I'll apologize to my Pc later

Fuckers. They always hate PC,don't they. I know all that money that they get from going exclusive is tasty and shit,but what about me and others like me? I don't have spare money to buy Xbox 360 or PS3,and i don't have HDTV to play on,but there's less and less decent games on PC. How about SHARING THE LOVE FOR ONCE?

Sigh. If,say,Ratchet & Clank series or Gears of War 2 or Madworld were ported on PC,i'd buy them. But who wants reasonable amount of my money? No-one,that's who. Everyone wants me to fork over embarrasing amounts of dosh just to play said games,and i'll rather spend that cash on something more important,or save it up for later.

I'm kind of upset. I don't think it's smart of Microsoft to do this as it isn't exactly a major title. If this were, say, Halo 3 and it was going to have a PC and 360 release then it would be very smart to just have it on 360 instead.

This, though, not so much.

I would have bought the game because I like the developer. Now, I won't have the ability to support the developer because I don't own a 360 and this game is not a system seller.

So... I don't really understand.

360 has a wider audience i.e more money, Microsoft is a business it doesn't care that much about Pc gamers over the moneymaking 360

ElArabDeMagnifico:
I hate how microsoft squanders it's potential with the PC as a gaming platform. You know, the PC platform, something that NINTENDO AND SONY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO!

ElArabDeMagnifico:

bue519:

ElArabDeMagnifico:
I hate how microsoft squanders it's potential with the PC as a gaming platform. You know, the PC platform, something that NINTENDO AND SONY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO!

I would have to guess that they had to add more console exclusives because two recycled Halo games wasn't enough.

Well, a friend of mine replied to me in a previous thread about this:

*flashback to 1 week ago*

KDR_11k:

ElArabDeMagnifico:
I heard MS say something on shacknews along the lines of "if this gets released on both the 360 and PC simultaneously in Europe, they will buy the PC version 9 times out of 10."

PC version: 50€. 360 version: 70€. What could POSSIBLY make people prefer the PC version...

They're going to regret this in 5 years when everyone migrates away from PC gaming because of the spotty support; less people will have windows if it has nothing to do with gaming any more.

What are they thinking,? Alan Wake on the 360 will make me say "hey, I know the 360 melts like a chocolate bar in a fat man's pocket but if it has that game, I'll take the risk."
Try harder MS, try making a machine that works.

Awesometown:
360 has a wider audience i.e more money, Microsoft is a business it doesn't care that much about Pc gamers over the moneymaking 360

Wider audience? Not by a long shot.

ElArabDeMagnifico:
I hate how microsoft squanders it's potential with the PC as a gaming platform. You know, the PC platform, something that NINTENDO AND SONY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO!

This is a good point why doesn't Microsoft support it's own freaking product.

Edit: They're effectively not making money by not putting this on the PC.

ElArabDeMagnifico:

bue519:

ElArabDeMagnifico:
I hate how microsoft squanders it's potential with the PC as a gaming platform. You know, the PC platform, something that NINTENDO AND SONY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO!

I would have to guess that they had to add more console exclusives because two recycled Halo games wasn't enough.

Well, a friend of mine replied to me in a previous thread about this:

*flashback to 1 week ago*

KDR_11k:

ElArabDeMagnifico:
I heard MS say something on shacknews along the lines of "if this gets released on both the 360 and PC simultaneously in Europe, they will buy the PC version 9 times out of 10."

PC version: 50€. 360 version: 70€. What could POSSIBLY make people prefer the PC version...

Hammer stop hitting Nail on the head, its mean. :D

Maybe its time devs started making there games for linux :P microsoft have no say what happens there.

but really PC support these days is wouldright crap. so many games have gone to the 360 and the ones we do get are now CRAP CONSOLE PORTS.

So much anger.

I'm extremely disappointed but if I'm honest, I didn't really care much for Allen Wake. Meh.

Kollega:
but there's less and less decent games on PC. How about SHARING THE LOVE FOR ONCE?

Without mentioning Halo, Killzone or Gears of War tell whats so great about console releases?
There tons of gold on the PC, you just have to look harder as nthe massive marketing hype doesnt exist to such an extent on the PC, since PC games can sell on quality alone.

As long as it comes eventually I'm not concerned. I expect this game to be an experience years from now, like the Max Payne-games are.

Ugh, I hate it, but business is business.

Royas:
The PC is potentially the most powerful gaming platform in existence, yet it continues to get treated like the redheaded stepchild of the gaming world. Never mind that the PC is where the modern gaming trend really started and where it lived for years.

Broken Wings:

ElArabDeMagnifico:
I hate how microsoft squanders it's potential with the PC as a gaming platform. You know, the PC platform, something that NINTENDO AND SONY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO!

This is a good point why doesn't Microsoft support it's own freaking product.

Edit: They're effectively not making money by not putting this on the PC.

Microsoft have two gaming platforms. The first is something that everyone has, a PC. The second is an xbox 360, which has sold 30 out of a potential 150 million units. If they release Alan Wake on the PC, they could be potentially losing out on moving more consoles than they could if they didn't, because while everyone doesn't have a high end PC, everyone has a PC. While people are teetering over the edge of whether or not they want to buy a console or not, if a possible console mover is on a console they already have, what's the point?

If this wasn't the case, timed exclusives between the 360 and PC wouldn't exist. More consoles out there means a larger install base.

all those years ago I looked towards alan wake as the next step of PC graphics but its been so long, now its just going to be a console title, no longer interested

lets hope now Intel deson't screw around with project offset

ChromeAlchemist:
Ugh, I hate it, but business is business.

Royas:
The PC is potentially the most powerful gaming platform in existence, yet it continues to get treated like the redheaded stepchild of the gaming world. Never mind that the PC is where the modern gaming trend really started and where it lived for years.

Broken Wings:

ElArabDeMagnifico:
I hate how microsoft squanders it's potential with the PC as a gaming platform. You know, the PC platform, something that NINTENDO AND SONY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO!

This is a good point why doesn't Microsoft support it's own freaking product.

Edit: They're effectively not making money by not putting this on the PC.

Microsoft have two gaming platforms. The first is something that everyone has, a PC. The second is an xbox 360, which has sold 30 out of a potential 150 million units. If they release Alan Wake on the PC, they could be potentially losing out on moving more consoles than they could if they didn't, because while everyone doesn't have a high end PC, everyone has a PC. While people are teetering over the edge of whether or not they want to buy a console or not, if a possible console mover is on a console they already have, what's the point?

If this wasn't the case, timed exclusives between the 360 and PC wouldn't exist. More consoles out there means a larger install base.

Lets be honest Alan Wake looks good but it's not "move console" good.

Broken Wings:

ChromeAlchemist:
Ugh, I hate it, but business is business.

Royas:
The PC is potentially the most powerful gaming platform in existence, yet it continues to get treated like the redheaded stepchild of the gaming world. Never mind that the PC is where the modern gaming trend really started and where it lived for years.

Broken Wings:

ElArabDeMagnifico:
I hate how microsoft squanders it's potential with the PC as a gaming platform. You know, the PC platform, something that NINTENDO AND SONY DON'T HAVE ACCESS TO!

This is a good point why doesn't Microsoft support it's own freaking product.

Edit: They're effectively not making money by not putting this on the PC.

Microsoft have two gaming platforms. The first is something that everyone has, a PC. The second is an xbox 360, which has sold 30 out of a potential 150 million units. If they release Alan Wake on the PC, they could be potentially losing out on moving more consoles than they could if they didn't, because while everyone doesn't have a high end PC, everyone has a PC. While people are teetering over the edge of whether or not they want to buy a console or not, if a possible console mover is on a console they already have, what's the point?

If this wasn't the case, timed exclusives between the 360 and PC wouldn't exist. More consoles out there means a larger install base.

Lets be honest Alan Wake looks good but it's not "move console" good.

Perhaps not on the same scale as say, Halo 3, but it could still move a couple thousand consoles methinks. Probably in conjunction with some other titles, maybe a 'straw that broke the camel's back' situation.

ChromeAlchemist:

Perhaps not on the same scale as say, Halo 3, but it could still move a couple thousand consoles methinks. Probably in conjunction with some other titles, maybe a 'straw that broke the camel's back' situation.

Maybe but Microsoft is still stabbing the back of the community that helped get them started, and if I dare say made their company what it is.

Malygris:
The future is now, apparently, and PC gamers aren't going to like what they hear: Alan Wake on the PC is essentially dead unless Microsoft says otherwise.

"Thank you for your continued interest in Alan Wake. It is accurate that we are currently working exclusively on the Xbox 360 version of Alan Wake," the studio said in a message to fan site BrightFalls.net. "PC plans are currently open, and therefore it's safe to say that at least a simultaneous launch with the Xbox version will not happen at this late stage. Remedy has a deep heritage in PC gaming and would love to see a PC version available to its PC followers, ultimately however this decision lies with our publisher."

but it does cast a certain doubt on their professed commitment to PC gaming.

So much for the frikkin' PC gaming alliance, yet again proving they don't give a shite unless it suits their wallet!

Although it is Alan Wake, from what I have seen of the game footage I couldn't give a shite myself, waiting for max Payne:)

Broken Wings:

ChromeAlchemist:

Perhaps not on the same scale as say, Halo 3, but it could still move a couple thousand consoles methinks. Probably in conjunction with some other titles, maybe a 'straw that broke the camel's back' situation.

Maybe but Microsoft is still stabbing the back of the community that helped get them started, and if I dare say made their company what it is.

As a huge business, Microsoft don't need to keep their fan-base happy, they already have them, and the third parties are keeping them there. I doubt they could lose customers or anything like that after this move, as a PC is for life, but consoles can be sold.

It's probably going to be more profitable to move consoles and bring the number of satisfied customers up on the 360 and edge away from the PS3, than it would be to satisfy PC gamers, a large number of which are very likely to pirate it and lower the number of sales somewhat, or (the majority) not care. A quality title will sell 1 to 3 million copies on the 360, that's where the money is, and where Microsoft needs the money to be.

*Yawn* How fast can they get Max Payne 3 out?

Oh...great,another great game where the developers have negelected the PC users.
Now all we're gonna get is a poor port of the console game or Maybe we wont even get Alan wake for the PC at all.
Good thing Microsoft isnt publishing Max Payne 3.

I used to view this sort of thing as another nail in the coffin of the PC as a gaming platform. Then I realised that in the last two years some of the most innovative games on the market have been from indie developers using the PC as a platform.

And I'm not using the word innovative in a cliched way meaning "quite cool, a bit arty and niche" (like The Path for example)but rather using it to try and encapsulate the different ideas that have been created by games that are not tethered by worries such as cost and deadlines.

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