Showing posts with label Alan Wake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Alan Wake. Show all posts

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Xbox Game Pass to Add Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and More

Bunch of new games are added to Xbox Game Pass including Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and more before May ends.

As we are nearing end of May, more games are heading to Xbox Game Pass for PC and Xbox One consoles very soon. Just like always, a new mix of titles have arrived to join current lineup of an ever expansive online library for members.

Latest entry in Game Pass brings excitement for all subscribers as they get to celebrate major milestones of two renowned franchises. Ultimate members can enjoy ad-free music on Spotify Premium for three months across select regions.

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Xbox Game Pass to Add Alan Wake, Minecraft: Dungeons and More

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Alan Wake | Console, PC, Ultimate
In celebration for impending 10th anniversary of release, action-adventure survival horror title Alan Wake from developer/publisher Remedy Entertainment is joining Game Pass for players to explore a journey into psychological thriller.

Best-selling novelist Alan Wake goes to small town of Bright Falls during a vacation, where he loses his wife. As he begins investigating, Wake is stalked by a mysterious dark presence and finds him almost onto the brink of his sanity.

Alan Wake on Xbox Game Pass

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Cities: Skylines | Console, PC, Ultimate
A city-building simulation game that took many cues from Sim City but strives to be its own title, Cities: Skylines from developer Colossal Order and publisher Paradox Interactive focuses on creative ways to establish your metropolis.

In order to ensure growth of your town, you can build skyscrapers, divide them in districts, plan out roads, set tax rates and more. Though there are tons of aspects you need to manage to keep things going, you can do all of that with ease.

Cities: Skylines on Xbox Game Pass

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Minecraft: Dungeons | Console, PC, Ultimate
Another major celebration is due this month for iconic sandbox block builder game Minecraft, which turned eleven lately and an upcoming dungeon crawler spin-off created by Mojang Studios and Double Eleven is arriving soon.

Inspired by classic genre, Minecraft: Dungeons is an adventure for franchise fans to engage with friends or play solo where you face-off a vicious mobs for an epic battle and find treasure through various levels in an exciting experience.

Minecraft: Dungeons on Xbox Game Pass

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Plebby Quest: The Crusades | PC, Ultimate
Set during historic era of crusades in Europe and Middle East, turn-based strategy game Plebby Quest: The Crusades from developer PiedPipers Team and publisher Neowiz invites you to an ambitious dream of building your own legacy.

You can either chose to play Scenario mode for a story based journey or play any restriction to conquer world in Sandbox mode. A comical tone is added over every aspect of royal affairs and dealings to set everything in a very light manner.

Plebby Quest: The Crusades on Xbox Game Pass

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Games like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons, Hydro Thunder Hurricane, Old Man's Journey, Opus Magnum and Stealth Inc 2: A Game of Clones are leaving Game Pass on May 29 unfortunately but you can buy them at 20% member discount.

Those who do not own a membership to Xbox Game Pass or Game Pass Ultimate can sign up to try your first month for $1 only. Aside from access to more than 100 great games, you get all features of Xbox Live Gold and extra perks.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Control DLC May Have Alan Wake Crossover

Recently revealed post-launch DLC content for Control may finally tie in to story of Alan Wake in 2020.

In a recent venture with publisher 505 Games, developer Remedy Entertainment has seen critical and commercial success with release of action-adventure game Control on PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

According to their latest announcement for upcoming post-launch content roadmap for the game, two new expansions are revealed and one of them is clearly teasing a tie-in to 2010 supernatural horror universe of Alan Wake.

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Control DLC May Have Alan Wake Crossover

RELATED: Control Post-Launch Content Roadmap

Before Control, Finnish developer Remedy made a reputation with critically acclaimed psychological thriller title Alan Wake. Although there was a stand-alone follow-up title Alan Wake's American Nightmare, fans never got a true sequel.

Players have already found clues, documents and Easter eggs during their mind-bending exploration of Control that clearly points at events of Bright Falls from first Alan Wake game that was launched almost 10 years ago for Xbox 360.

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Initially, it was an easily missable teaser image of Control's second expansion AWE but when Remedy creative director/writer Sam Lake shared that image on Twitter with a cryptic caption, many people starts noticing what was up.


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A closer look at poster of AWE expansion reveals official box art of Alan Wake in top half of its lettering that sued fonts from the same game. In below half, protagonist Jesse Faden of Control is probably fighting Hiss at Federal Bureau of Control.

AWE can either stand for either "Alan Wake Experience" or Altered World Events and the latter one actually makes more sense. Remedy has also teased these references earlier in their 2016 sci-fi adventure shooter title Quantum Break.

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Alan Wake Reference in Quantum Break

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Although both Alan Wake and Control are set on different plots, many hints suggest that they both are from same universe and maybe even the latter is some sort of continuation of events that took place in Washington forest a decade ago.

According to press release, AWE will arrive on mid-2020 and will send Jesse to investigations sector of Oldest House, a part where FBC keeps tabs on Altered World Events and Bright Falls' case was what the Bureau investigated earlier.

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With every lead matching and pointing to each other, there could is a very good chance for a crossover event or even nothing at all. If not anything, it can very much help revive a beloved series once again by providing a great launch pad.

Through its ending, Control has set up possibilities for a potential sequel to expand further on lead character Jesse Faden's story and despite Remedy expressing to make Alan Wake 2, nothing can be said for sure until next year.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Alan Wake and For Honor Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store returns this week to giveaway two new PC games, Alan Wake and For Honor for free.

In a running streak of offering players free games on PC platform, Epic Games continue to bring more new titles to their digital storefront Epic Games Store and their giveaway lineup has been slowly improving in each passing week.

Freebie titles are now being offered on a weekly basis on Epic Store and this week, players will be able to grab two new games into their collection with a free account and it has to be done before August 9, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Alan Wake and For Honor Free on Epic Games Store Now

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People can head over to Epic Games Store to pick up PC version of Alan Wake and For Honor, a psychological thriller and a medieval action fighting game from developer/publisher Remedy Entertainment and Ubisoft respectively.

Alan Wake takes you on a mysterious journey of a best-selling thriller novelist who is having a writer's block and goes to small town of Bright Falls for a vacation but ended up being busy saving his wife from shadowy dark presence.

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In For Honor, you will pick up a warrior character from renowned factions of Knights, Samurai, Vikings and WuLin. Then get into battle to fight enemies in single-player campaign and multiplayer modes to enjoy melee action.

Last week, EGS has given up two free games priced $7.99 only, simply because one of the titles, This War of Mine was M-Rated and was most likely to deprive younger players from accessing it if Parental Controls feature was there.

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Epic Games didn't actually need to go out of their way to offer an extra title in their giveaway program but doing that helped promote their store feature and eventually helped drive more people to their outlet seeking those games.

Epic Store will be offering 2016 puzzle-adventure game GNOG next week, from August 8, 2019 on their platform for a visually explosive fun-ride experience by developer studio KO OP, in association with Double Fine Presents.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Remedy Entertainment Acquires Alan Wake

Publishing rights for Alan Wake mystery adventure game series goes back to Remedy Entertainment from Microsoft.

After their successful run on Max Payne series in early 2000's, Finnish developer studio Remedy Entertainment partnered up with Microsoft Studios to work on their action-adventure title Alan Wake of 2010 that would receive critically acclaim.

Despite garnering positive response from all, they could never make a proper sequel without getting approval of its publisher. Lately, Remedy gains publishing rights for their highly praised supernatural thriller franchise from Microsoft.

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Remedy Entertainment Acquires Alan Wake

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In addition to acquire full rights to their original mystery adventure game series, developers have also accepted a one-time royalty payment worth €2.5 million during second half of 2019 for past sales of previously-released games.

Although there are no words on whether they will go for a remake or a full sequel now, a spokesperson stated the following on behalf of Remedy.

The only thing we want to clarify, now that Remedy owns the publishing rights, is that we could bring Alan Wake to different platforms if we so choose.

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Cult classic action-adventure game Alan Wake was originally released as an exclusive title for Xbox 360 before seeing launch of a PC version in 2012. It was eventually brought to Xbox One platform via backwards compatibility feature.

Remedy Entertainment saw the first game as Season 1 based on the life of best-selling thriller novelist lead character and had six episodes with additional DLC packs as special episodes but Alan Wake 2 was postponed due to financial reasons.

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We saw release of Alan Wake's American Nightmare in 2012 that actually adapted many concepts from their scrapped project and Microsoft wanted them to work on something unique like sci-fi shooter adventure Quantum Break.

Remedy is currently busy with their upcoming supernatural adventure title Control, which is scheduled to launch on 27 August, 2019. Given their early comment, they would likely to port Alan Wake for Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4 now.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Alan Wake is Back on Steam

Alan Wake has returned to online storefronts after resolving big licensing issue that forced the game to suspend sales.

Developer Remedy Entertainment’s critically acclaimed action-adventure title Alan Wake from 2010 has become a topic of discussion long after the announcement of a live-action TV series based on the game was made back in last month.

Earlier the game was removed from all available online marketplaces because of a licensing issue and after an absence for more than a year now, it is back again on popular digital storefronts like GOG.com, Humble Store and Steam.

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Alan Wake is Back on Steam

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In May 2017, the developers faced a problem with the usage of licensed music rights that needed renegotiating and until they could, the game couldn't be on sale. So, before taking the game down, they offered a 90% discount for the title on Steam.

It was really an unfortunate event for the psycho-thriller adventure from Remedy; however they never had to take down the standalone spin-off game Alan Wake's American Nightmare from the digital shelf because of those music rights again.

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In a recent Tweet, Remedy Entertainment has confirmed the news and thanked their publisher Microsoft Studios to reach out for solving this problem.



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If you have never played this atmospheric adventure-horror title before or even missed that super-sale a year ago, then you should give it a try now that it is back and on top of that, Alan Wake is heavily discounted again for the occasion of Halloween.

While the original game is currently on sale for only $1.40 on Steam, you can also own the Collector's Edition for the best price of $1.64 only before November 1. If you are looking for the Xbox 360 version, then it would be a bummer to tell you that the game is still not available on Xbox Marketplace yet.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Alan Wake TV Series Confirmed

Showrunner Pete Calloway joins on board for developing a live-action TV series on Alan Wake franchise.

Video game movies have a rough history of failing to please a larger audience or even dedicated fans. So, adapting the story to a small scale for television is a less risky venture.

With every other successful games are being adapted into TV series for Netflix or other major channels, atmospheric adventure-horror title Alan Wake is announced to be made into a live-action series for television, which is confirmed today by developer studio Remedy Entertainment and Contradiction Films.

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Alan Wake TV Series Confirmed

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Sam Lake, who originally conceived the plot for the game will be serving as executive producer while Peter Calloway (Cloak & Dagger, Legion) will join him on board as showrunner. A number of studios are interested to pick up the pitch and they want to start shooting by October.

Despite having popularity among fans and selling over 4.5 million copies, the game never got a true sequel it deserved but there was a short standalone release titled Alan Wake's American Nightmare, which came out in 2012.



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Tomas Harlan, a member of Contradiction Films had to say the following about the show during this announcement.

Alan Wake was basically a TV series that was put into a game. That was Sam’s vision. It was influenced by The Twilight Zone,’ Secret Window, Hitchcock, Northern Exposure and a lot of U.S. television. We plan to work closely with Sam on this show. Sam is a huge part of this. This is his baby.

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Alan Wake is an action-adventure game with horror elements that came out on PC and Xbox 360 platform in 2010. The game followed the story of best-selling author Alan Wake who has been suffering from a writer's block for some time and to get rid of it, he takes a vacation tour with his wife Alice to a small town in Washington.

Things started to go awry as his wife gets abducted by mysterious forces and he starts experiencing events from his last novel that he has no memory of writing.

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Alongside the titular character, his friend Barry Wheeler, wife Alice and Sheriff Sarah Breaker may also appear on the show. The episodic nature of the title is what inspired the studio to get involved in the television project.

How it unfolded the psychological thriller aspects to players are the same way, the creators are willing to approach the show. The game’s creator, Sam Lake said in 2015 that he has big plans in mind regarding the game aside from a sequel and probably this is what he meant.