Polygon has published a wonderful piece in the phoenix-like Alan Wake 2, which is very much worth the read.
Speaking with Sam Lake, the face of Max Payne and the writer of Alan Wake, many new details are divulged.
From the start, Lake said, Alan Wake was planned as a franchise.
“I, for one, happily killed almost every character in Max Payne,” Lake, said. “That proved to be a challenge when making the sequel. That taught us that with Alan Wake and everything we do, the idea of a sequel and sequels has to be there from the beginning.
“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. We knew we would have to iterate and refine, but there was always a rough road map there.”
Lake also confirmed there’s a working prototype of Alan Wake 2 in Remedy’s office.
“Near the end of Alan Wake, we were sitting down and talking about the sequel and where we should be taking it, on a detailed level,” Lake confirmed. “More or less straight from getting Alan Wake shipped, we were working on a sequel and planning on a sequel.”
Sadly, Microsoft wasn’t quite ready for it at that exact moment.
“They have been really supportive about Alan Wake and [now head of Xbox] Phil Spencer has been awesomely supportive when it comes to Remedy and Alan Wake along the way,” Lake said. “We showed it to Microsoft and I guess at the time Microsoft was looking for something slightly different for their portfolio.
“Quite quickly our discussion about Alan Wake 2 turned into something else and that something else turned into Quantum Break, which was great and very exciting.”
The prototype has been in existence for five years, and some of its parts have found their way into Alan Wake’s American Nightmare.
Ultimately, Alan Wake 2 is a game that’s not actively being worked on, but one Lake — and many fans — hope will see a release at some point.
“I do hope we get an opportunity to work on Alan Wake 2. I want to do more Wake at some point.”
You can read the full piece here.