Last December, prolific Finnish developer Remedy revealed Alan Wake 2 at The Game Awards and promised to show off more of the long-awaited follow-up to the seminal psychological action thriller this summer. Since then, however, their plans have changed.
In a development update for Alan Wake 2 released today, Creative Director at Remedy, Sam Lake said:
Everything with Alan Wake 2 development is going really well. We are deep in production, have a lot of material, and a great deal of the game is playable. But we’ve been talking for the past couple of months and have come to the decision here at Remedy, along with our wonderful publisher Epic Games, that we will not be showing anything big this summer.
As part of the update, Remedy also shared some concept art, giving players a small tease of what to expect, which you can view below.
To create a proper, polished demo or a trailer takes a lot of effort, and it’s several months of work that could take away from development. We feel that we have momentum going, and we want to make sure we are creating the best, and first, survival horror game for Remedy. We don’t want to take the team away from that focus, so we’re going to keep going and making a great game experience, and unfortunately, you’ll have to wait a bit longer for a demo and trailer.
Along with the update on Alan Wake 2, the developer also shared the news that they will be partnering with AMC Networks on an Alan Wake TV adaptation. Back in late 2018, Remedy announced that an Alan Wake TV show was in the works and today they revealed that AMC Networks (The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad) has bought the rights to the Alan Wake TV series. They said there’s still a long way to go for the series to become a reality, but they’re excited about this latest development
Additionally, the developer revealed that Alan Wake Remastered will be coming to Switch. The game will launch as a digital Nintendo Switch release only, and runs natively on the hardware.
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Alan Wake 2 is slated for a 2023 release and is being published by Epic Games.
You can check out the full Alan Wake – Anniversary Update with Sam Lake, Ilkka Villi, and Matthew Porretta talking about the franchise’s past and future below.