Despite no official word from Microsoft, Remedy’s Oskari Hakkinen is optimistic that his studio will be starting work on Alan Wake 2 very soon.
Much like the game itself, the future of Alan Wake seems shrouded in mystery, and as yet there has been no official confirmation of a sequel. But Remedy’s Oskari Hakkinen says he is hopeful that Microsoft will use its option for a sequel soon, even though the publisher seems more focused on downloadable content.
Hakikinen says that Remedy was contracted to do two downloadable episodes, but that Microsoft is pushing for more: “There’s been some discussions on it. Nothing’s been confirmed. More discussions on the Microsoft side, they’ve been interested in more downloadable content and doing further episodes … Where we’re sitting right now is we’ll see how these go. We’ll see how the attach rate is to the episodes … If that attach rate is then reasonable, I think we can look at maybe doing some more specials.”
Hakkinen is confident however, that a sequel will happen, and believes that Remedy could make it much more quickly than the first: “Max Payne 1 took us also five years to make. Max Payne 2 took us 18 months. I think we’d be looking at something of a similar cycle.”
“We’re still in launch phase of Alan Wake 1…but Microsoft have an option for [a sequel]. That was in the deal a long time ago…and I don’t see why they wouldn’t. We’re happy with the partnership and they’re happy with the game. I think it fits in their portfolio quite nicely. I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t continue with Microsoft and why we wouldn’t renew the IP…we definitely want a sequel of course.”