PC Version of Alan Wake Cancelled

Just one day after Microsoft announced a release date and new trailer for Remedy’s psychological-thriller comes word that Alan Wake will no longer be released for PCs.

Speaking with StrategyInformer, a Microsoft representative stated, “Some games are more suited for the intimacy of the PC, and others are best played from the couch in front of a larger TV screen. We ultimately realised that the most compelling way to experience ‘Alan Wake’ was on the Xbox 360 platform, so we focused on making it an Xbox 360 exclusive. Both Microsoft and Remedy have long histories in PC game development. This decision was about matching this specific game to the right platform.”

The title, published by Microsoft and developed by Remedy Entertainment (of Max Payne fame) follows the story of Alan Wake, a famous novelist who travels to the town of Bright Falls with his wife Alice in order to overcome writer’s block. Alan’s wife soon disappears and the horrifying events of a novel he can’t remember writing start to come true before his eyes.

The game is told in an episodic format, similar to the 2008 re-imagining of Alone in the Dark. Remedy has even cited the classic cult television series Twin Peaks and recent mystery mega-hit Lost as inspirations for the format.

The now Xbox 360 exclusive will be released on May 18 and 21 in the US and Europe, respectively.

Source: StrategyInformer