Remedy is gearing up for the release of Control, a new property in a new setting. But the ghosts of games past still linger, and with the rights to Alan Wake now back in the studio's grasp, the potential for Alan Wake 2 seems high. Turns out, it's something the studio's been thinking about too.
In a sit-down with IGN, creative director Sam Lake was asked about what Remedy might do with the Alan Wake license, or if a sequel could happen. Lake says it's something he's been working on "on and off ever since the first game."
"I haven't said this publicly but, between each project, after the first game, with a smaller crew, we created a concept for a sequel," Lake told IGN. From the way Lake discusses them, they sound like general concepts, but they eventually found their way into later games, including spinoff American Nightmare, Quantum Break, and even Control. The team tried it after the first, and again after Quantum Break. From the sounds of it, this has been a recurring inquiry for Remedy.
"Coming out of Quantum Break, we created a concept, a new concept, very different, for Alan Wake 2," Lake says. "We were looking at it, we were talking about it with potential partners. Ultimately we came to the conclusion that this doesn't feel like Alan Wake."
Ideas from that game that ultimately felt alien to Alan Wake—the mission-based setting and open-ended gameplay for example—eventually fed into Control. In a way, Remedy's been reinventing Alan Wake ever since it first launched the original. But Lake intimates that expectations would be high for a true Alan Wake sequel.
"At this point, so much time having passed, I feel that the bar is higher in some ways," Lake says. "It's like it needs to be done right, if it's ever done."
Well, the ball is in Remedy's court if the studio decides to take on the challenge. We've known that an Alan Wake 2 was in development at some point, though certainly not the number of times or scope that Lake discusses here. But with the rights back in the developer's hands, the only thing stopping Remedy from making a new Alan Wake is Remedy.