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Remedy reacquires rights to Alan Wake from Microsoft

It’s been a bumpy couple of years for Alan Wake.

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Alan Wake publishing rights

It’s been a bumpy couple of years for Alan Wake.

First, Alan Wake disappeared from sale, thought to be a result of licensing issues over music on the game’s soundtrack.

The game was unavailable to purchase for nearly 18 months, then – licensing issues resolved – Alan Wake went back on sale in October 2018.

Now in a twist that nobody saw coming, and buried away in an innocuous earnings announcement, we have learned that Remedy has reacquired the publishing rights for Alan Wake from Microsoft.

That’s it. That’s the news. But if the recent experience with Quantic Dream’s back catalogue is anything to go by – coming to PC after years of PlayStation exclusivity – don’t rule out seeing Alan Wake on the PS4 before the end of this console generation.

Don’t know why we’re making such a big deal about Alan Wake, a nine-year-old video game? Read this piece from dear, departed Josh Wise. (He’s not dead, he just works somewhere else now.)


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