Remedy Entertainment has revealed that it has reacquired the publishing rights for its game Alan Wake.
The 2010 psychological action game, regarded as a cult classic, was originally an Xbox 360 exclusive, followed by a PC version two years later. As a result, its publishing rights were owned by Microsoft. However, in a statement made by Remedy to investors, the Finnish company said that following a one-time royalty payment of €2.5 million, it has regained the publishing rights.
The statement said: “For its first half-year period of 2019, Remedy Entertainment Plc records approximately 2.5 million euros of royalties from previously released games as one-time income. The royalties are paid to Remedy during the second half-year period of 2019. In relation to this, the publishing rights of Alan Wake games are reverted to Remedy.”
The immediate significance of the move is that Alan Wake may now be ported to non-Microsoft platforms. Speaking to Eurogamer, a Remedy spokesperson said: “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. We have nothing to announce for now. We are fully focused on Control releasing on 27th August.”
Remedy never made a full sequel to Alan Wake, but in 2012 it did put out Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, a standalone spin-off game which was effectively Alan Wake 1.5. The fact that the investor statement specifically mentions: “Alan Wake games” suggests that both Alan Wake (plus associated DLC) and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare could end up being released for platforms such as the PlayStation 4 and Switch.
It might not be advisable to hold your breath in anticipation of such action, however. As the statement to Eurogamer makes clear, Remedy is currently focused on the 27 August release (on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC) of its next game, Control.
For further Alan Wake-related news, keep an eye on the game’s website.