Remedy announced in 2018 that Alan Wake’s frightening hit was being adapted for television. A lot has happened since then, including the Remedy Connected Universe, Max Payne remakeand finally-Alan Wake 2. But while we haven’t heard anything about the TV show since it was first announced, Remedy’s creative director Sam Lake confirmed today that it’s still in the works and moving forward.
“As we know, sometimes making video games takes a long time,” Lake said during the 12th anniversary update video. “Well, it turns out that every now and then, making a TV show can take even longer.
“Some of you may remember that we were, a while ago, talking about the Alan Wake TV show. Well, AMC, the wonderful, wonderful home for absolutely brilliant TV shows, bought the rights to Alan Wake. And we’ve collaborated on make a TV show happen. Nothing else to share at the moment, but we’ll certainly let you know when there’s anything to announce.”
Lake, along with Alan Wake actor Ilkka Villi and voice actor Matthew Porretta, also discussed the studio’s approach to Alan Wake 2, which it described at the 2021 Game Awards as “Remedy’s first survival horror game”.
“It’s a new genre, and we’re pushing it even further in the horror aspect, but also exploring the depth of the character,” Lake says in the video. Alan Wake 2 will delve into “Alan Wake the person” in addition to the “terrified but cool” personality of the first game.
“We’re pushing it harder than ever before,” says Lake. “And that’s also part of a horror story, putting the character through the wringer.”
The only bad news amidst all this is that the closer look at Alan Wake 2 that was expected this summer isn’t going to happen.
“Everything is going well,” explains Lake. “Much of the game is playable. We’re repeating it. But we’ve talked over the last few months and we’ve decided that we’re not going to show anything big this summer. We want to make sure we’re creating the best experience possible, the best first survival horror game for Remedy. We don’t want to divert the team from that focus to work on a demo right now. Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait for a proper demo and trailer a little longer.”
On the bright side, there was no mention of a delay to the game itself: it’s still slated to arrive in 2023. We also took a look at some pieces of concept art which you can check out below.