Sam Lake, Creative Director of Finnish Remedy Entertainment, in a recent interview Eurogamer spoke about several false starts in the development of the highly anticipated survival horror Alan Wake II.
The lion’s share of Remedy’s original ideas for the future of Alan Wake II were eventually reworked into Alan Wake’s American Nightmare – an action-focused spin-off of the first that critics and players found controversial.
According to Lake, the next two Remedy games — TV series crossover action-adventure Quantum Break and universe-sharing action game Control starring Alan Wake — were also introduced as ideas for Alan Wake II.
The fact that Quantum Break was based on the early developments of Alan Wake II, Lake previously said and now shared the details: Turns out Lake had offered a version of Alan Wake II with serial inserts to Microsoft.
Microsoft dismissed this variant of Alan Wake II because they felt that linear single-player games were a thing of the past, but the company liked the idea of live actor sections and the concept of Quantum Break was born.
As for Control, Lake didn’t elaborate on how exactly Alan Wake II became Jesse Faden’s own “Oldest House” adventure, but he did confirm the fact of that transformation.
After several false starts, Alan Wake II will finally be released on October 17, 2023 for PC (EGS), PS5, Xbox Series -American Nightmare).