It’s sad to hear, but Remedy Entertainment‘s story-driven action-adventure Alan Wake won’t be available to buy online in the near future.
I still remember playing this game on Xbox 360 sometime after the hype had settled down and review scores hadn’t given it the high praise it really deserved. When it was released on PC, it passed me by, and even if I included it in a few articles like the Humble Weekly Sale: Alan Wake and American Nightmare and featured it in various other sales articles like the GOG Halloween Monster Hunt promo, I never got around playing and reviewing it (although I did review the Xbox 360 version of its DLC Alan Wake’s American Nightmare.
For those who’re not familiar with it, Remedy Entertainment pushed the limits of cinematic presentation in its games, starting with the excellent Max Payne titles (that are eagerly anticipated to appear on GOG) and then moving on to the psychological horror of Alan Wake in which a writer’s imagination literally runs wild and he has to find his missing wife while fighting against shadow creatures. While it doesn’t sound very original and a bit too Stephen King, rest assured that it has an amazing story, world and roster of memorable characters. Even if the game becomes repetitive, I remember it fondly and hope that I can review the PC version soon.
Alas, it’s too bad that one will only be able to buy the original game until tomorrow, May 15th, 17:00 PM UTC. The reason behind the removal on all digital platforms (like GOG, Steam, and even the Xbox store) is that the music license has expired and needs to be renewed. It’s really a shame that such circumstances have led to this unfortunate sitation. The game will hopefully be released again when legal matters are resolved, but for the time being, you can only get it until tomorrow. After that the game will be in your library, but won’t appear on stores. The DLC hasn’t been affected, by the way.
Both games have been discounted, so be quick to get them (especially the first one) before time runs out:
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