Remedy has confirmed to SPOnG its plans on continuing the Alan Wake story beyond downloadable content, with a potential second game being treated like a "Season Two" of an interactive TV series.
Head of Franchise Development Oskari Häkkinen said that the previously announced DLC will "act as a bridge to a [second game in] 'Season Two'" rather than directly continuing the events of the core Alan Wake
story. It removes fears that the Xbox 360 exclusive, heading on 21st May, would only truly 'end' once players bought into additional episodes.
"You can consider [Alan Wake
] as 'Season One' of a TV series, so to speak," Häkkinen told SPOnG. "And just like a series boxset, when people play through the disc game, they'll have a satisfactory and conclusive ending - but there will be some doors left open."
"We've always thought of Alan Wake
as a bigger story than just the one game. I know we've announced some DLC, but work on that won't start until we've truly polished off the disc release. The DLC will more likely act as a bridge between 'Season Two', if the first game is a success. It won't be so much a direct continuation of the main story."
SPOnG played a good chunk of Alan Wake
at a special Microsoft event yesterday, at a venue that was covered in trees and dim lights. Just the kind of unsettling atmosphere you want to play an upcoming thriller game for an hour and a half.
Don't forget to read our interview with Remedy's Oskari Hakkinen