Remedy Entertainment reacquires publishing rights to Alan Wake

Yolanda Curtis
July 1, 2019

The rights to the Alan Wake series are back in the hands of the games' developer Remedy Entertainment, having always been held by original publisher Microsoft.

Alan Wake has been one of those memorable series ever since it exploded on the scene on the Xbox 360 in 2010. After all, with the original game ending on a rather big cliffhanger, fans have been waiting for a sequel for years.

UPDATE: "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", a Remedy spokesperson told Eurogamer. Their newest game, Control, is also coming to PC, PS4, and Xbox One. A straight-to-digital sequel, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, was released in 2012, but it failed to live up to the original game's strong narrative. Perhaps Remedy could even look into porting Alan Wake into Northlight for a future remaster. "This one-time income does not significantly affect Remedy's full year result, because as previously reported, the Company continues to invest in developing new games, the success of which have a greater impact on the Company's full year revenue and result".

The acquisition of the Alan Wake IP comes alongside a one-time royalty payment from Microsoft at the rate of €2.5 million for previously released titles.

Following the launch of Quantum Break in 2016, Remedy's relationship with publishing partner Microsoft has been rocky to say the least, and as such, the studio is working with 505 Games to publish its upcoming supernatural shooter/action-adventure game, Control.

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