Insider Says Alan Wake 2 Is Coming Via Epic's Publishing Deal

Insider Says Alan Wake 2 Is Coming Via Epic's Publishing Deal

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When Epic signed several teams to publishing deals last year, one of them was Remedy Games, the team behind Alan Wake, Control, and Quantum Break. Now, an insider says the game the studio is working on for Epic is Alan Wake 2.

Jeff Grubb of VentureBeat is known to share a scoop and has been reliable in the past. On a recent stream, he revealed that he's been told, seemingly on good authority, that Epic's publishing deal will be the long-awaited sequel fans have clamored for since 2010. "I've heard that Remedy is going to be making Alan Wake 2 with Epic," said Grubb to his audience in chat, adding that it should be the "follow-up fans of that series want."

Grubb said that there was a "bidding war" for the game's publishing rights, which Epic won. It would be interesting to know who else bid on the game, as Control was multiplatform but featured PlayStation as the marketing partner, but Alan Wake was a console exclusive to Xbox, as was 2016's Quantum Break.

Epic's deal at the time of the reveal suggested this game, and others like it signed with Playdead and more teams, will remain multiplatform, though one could assume these games won't come to Steam. Still, we expect console players not to be left out in the cold in this case at the very least.

2019's Control finally lifted the lid on the Remedy Connected Universe, which strings together some of the developer's past works into one overarching story. Officially, only Alan Wake and Control currently coexist in the story universe, but diehards (such as the writer of this news story) have further linked past Remedy games like Quantum Break and Max Payne to the RCU, albeit merely as nods since Remedy does not own those IP like it owns the others. 

Remedy also has more than one game in development, with its Project Vanguard also said to take place in the RCU. Vanguard will also include multiplayer, a first for the Finnish studio.

The second Control expansion, "AWE," all but confirmed a Wake sequel was on the way, though with several false starts over the years, it's comforting to hear it more concretely from someone reliable like Grubb.

Grubb said he's unsure when it will be announced, but after eleven years, fans can probably hold their breath a bit longer if it means a payoff is finally coming.

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