If rumors are to be believed, the next Alan Wake game will take even more cues from the television.
Insider sources are reportedly suggesting that the upcoming new Alan Wake content that Remedy recently confirmed it was working on will not be a retail game, but instead be available through Xbox Live. According to the rumor, the game will be called Alan Wake: Night Springs.
The rumor comes via XBLAFans, which said the information was disclosed to it by a trusted source. It also said that it has seen screenshots of the game, but has been asked not to show them to anyone. As a way to prove the rumor's veracity, XBLAFans pointed out that it had news of the recently announced Gotham City Impostors back in February, although in fairness, that rumor had been around since last year.
The rumor isn't especially hard to believe: as fans of the first Alan Wake game know, "Night Springs" is a Twilight Zone/Outer Limits-style TV show that Wake had written for in the past. The show makes multiple appearances in the game, usually to show someone brought down by strange happenings and/or their own hubris. The idea that it might form the basis of some new material isn't too much of a stretch. Additionally, when Remedy confirmed it was working on new Alan Wake material, it made it clear that it wasn't working on a sequel or downloadable content for the first game. It did say, however, that only a "slice" of its team was working on the project, suggesting something smaller in scale, like a downloadable title.
E3 is just around the corner, and that seems to be the most likely time to hear about the new Alan Wake content. Nevertheless, we've reached out to both Microsoft and Remedy for comment, and will update if and when we hear anything back.
Source: via 1up