Alan Wake DLC concludes October 12

The Writer add-on for Remedy's Xbox 360-exclusive action adventure will finish off psychological thriller's storyline for $7.

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Two months on from when Remedy Entertainment released its first add-on for the well-regarded Xbox 360-exclusive Alan Wake, and the studio is cuing up for seconds. Over the weekend, the Finnish studio confirmed that the cerebral action adventure will receive its second, and final, downloadable content pack on October 12. Titled "The Writer," the pack will cost 560 Microsoft points ($7).

The Writer's announcement trailer appears to focus heavily on Alan Wake's supernatural bent, portraying a dreamscape sequence where gravity seems to not fully apply. In addition to the floating wreckage of cars and spiraling destination-less staircases, the action shows Wake grappling with deranged, homicidal beings.

Alan Wake is Remedy's first game since 2003's Max Payne 2 and follows writer Alan Wake as he retreats to the sleepy Northwestern town of Bright Falls. The psychological thriller pits Wake against a mysterious darkness afflicting the townsfolk, turning them into nightmarish specters. The only way to break through an enemy's darkness shield is with light, and gameplay focuses on fighting off ghostly foes with flashlights, flares, and other dark-dispelling tools.

Strange happenings are afoot in Bright Falls.

For more on Alan Wake, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

Discussion

26 comments
LtReviews
LtReviews

Alan Wake was a great game- but this is ridiculous they are charging 10 for this- that's right, 10 dollars, because you can't buy 560 MS points- it is sold in inconvenient packs purposely. Maybe the game would have sold more if it came with a 14 hour campaign rather than 11.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

It seems like most of the time and money was sunk into the light rendering engine. It is extremely gorgeous. Hopefully Remedy will be able to reincorporate the lighting system effects into a game that is more compelling. The acting doesn't carry the story and the combat is visually stunning, but not addictive. Nevertheless, Alan Wake stays in my collection as a ground breaker.

Cobretti1818
Cobretti1818

Alan Wake was an ok game, but as a commercial product it was an absolute bomb. 5 Years and millions of dollars later, and they can't even break the 1 million mark.

kennythomas26
kennythomas26

looks like I'm buying this game again for the dlc, and I thought Alan wake looked amazing and played great, I enjoyed this game more then RED DEAD REDEMPTION and I bought both games the weekend after they were released, I was more disappointed in the RDR then I was in Alan Wake to me it delivered on every aspect of the game graphics, sound and gameplay but that is just my opinion. I hope they make a sequel cause the game left off with a bit of a hanger to it but we will have to wait and see.

Hydrolix
Hydrolix

This is the type of place where voting with your wallets can help a game out. Alan Wake did marginally well sales wise but was no blockbuster. To guarantee more games like it, if you enjoyed this game, buy the DLC. Show MS and others that quality "risky" titles can be good too.

wwlettsome
wwlettsome

Liked Alan Wake a lot, will be going back for a second play through sometime soon. Thought the first DLC fun to play but hated the story elements and I won't pay $7 for a 90 minute DLC.

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

@Darth_Slayer Alan Wake took more than 2 months to sell 500.000 copies, had a very bad start, and isn't even selling anymore. For a game that has been developed for 8 years and costed a sh*tload of millions, it's a commercial epic fail. Why are bringing pc sales in your arguments? Battlefield Bad Company 2 sold millions of copies on PC, actually it sells more on PC than on consoles. ME2 sold 2 millions in a week, ofc more on consoles, but still had solid sales on PC. Bioshock 2 sold far better on consoles, but ofc it's a sh*tty console port.

Fenriswolf
Fenriswolf

http://tinyurl.com/3824ykr Alan Wake topped the charts in the UK upon release; I'd hardly call that "poor sales". And how many copies of Mass Effect 2, Bioshock 2, and Bad Company 2 sold on PC compared to the console versions, especially considering that amount of piracy?

Pete5506
Pete5506

I might have to pick it up if its any good

eriktkire
eriktkire

@s4dn3s5 you're so right.. this would have sold so well on PC. It's too late to reclaim the positive attitude of alot of PC gamers for this title. I for one could care less... and I was REALLY looking forward to this, once upon a time. Regardless though, hopefully this'll be worth $7 for the xbox'ers.

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

There won't be part2, the game had poor sales and being an X360 exclusive didn't help. Plus, they pissed PC gamers so much with all that useless hype that even if they decide to release it soon or later, the game will be massively pirated.

coopdawg12
coopdawg12

I really loved Alan Wake the game and should really go back and complete it on Nightmare mode. However, the signal DLC was really short and didnt really add anything. I hope the writer is longer and adds to the story a bit more. Then again why am i complaining, I got the signal for free when i purchased the game :P

inaka_rob
inaka_rob

sweet. i just bought and beat alan wake 2 weeks ago. I wanted to sell it back soon and was hoping this would come out soon. Sure enough. fun game. a little disappointed. I think it was overrated. but still a really really good game.

Funconsole
Funconsole

Sad it's ending but cant wait to play it. Better have a sequel in development!!

metalkid9
metalkid9

They better be onto something afterward. They spend 5 years building the engine it'd be kind of a waste. Definitely getting this though. Alan wake has to be the most underrated game of the year.

Neosword
Neosword

I enjoyed the Signal, don't see why I wouldn't enjoy this too.

green_dominator
green_dominator

I don't know....I love the main game but I heard the first DLC sucked so I never got it. Besides it's been too long since I played the game.

magicalclick
magicalclick

Still in my GameQ. If the game is good, I most likely will get DLC.

androflash
androflash

Definitely getting this... I hope Remedy gives us another epic adventure such as this in the future. Good luck to you all and thank you for this amazing experience.

dkpunk
dkpunk

Nice, be picking this up.

acasero44
acasero44

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