Alan Wake DLC launches July 27

Remedy confirms release date for first add-on episode to next week's long-awaited Xbox 360 thriller.

It's been seven years since Remedy Entertainment's last release, Max Payne 2. After Alan Wake arrives on the Xbox 360 next week, the wait for Remedy's next work will be significantly shorter.

On its official Twitter feed today, Remedy announced that the first downloadable content for Alan Wake will arrive on the Xbox Live Marketplace July 27. New copies of the game will come with a single-use code that will allow players to download the extra content free of charge. It's unclear how much the add-on will cost for those who purchase the game used.

Spooky.

Alan Wake is Remedy's first game since 2003's Max Payne 2 and follows writer Alan Wake as he retreats to the sleepy town of Bright Falls. Set in the small 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.

For more information, check out GameSpot's review of Alan Wake.

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E8_UFO
E8_UFO

This is a truly great game... :D

Rhino53
Rhino53

anyone know what this dlc is about?

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Damn Im so unlucky to have no HD on my Xbox! lol! I think I will get one until july, I simply love this game! It's simply one of the most intriguing games that I've played in quite some time!

spunkyspikemj
spunkyspikemj

I have no problem with dlc being announced before the game is released. I'm only speaking for myself here but to me it gives incentive to play the game again. They want to add to your game experience and I hope they keep doing it. What is $5-$10 out of your wallet? Really? And if you bought the game new its FREE! I dont buy games and trade them in once i beat them, whats the point? Might as well just rent the game if you're gonna do that, save yourself some money.

0Aragorn0
0Aragorn0

What's wrong with a company coming out with more content after it's release? It's not like the game isn't finished...you get the full intended game from the publisher...the majority of the game was probably completed months ago and they have just been fine tuning the bugs out of it. And July is still a few months away so it's not like they're releasing content that was ready at the same time as the game. Also, how would you like your boss to come in and tell you do a job and he'll pay you $X...and then on the day your job is due, your boss says he wants you to double your work but you won't get paid any extra??? That sounds fair doesn't it? [/sarcasm] And why does it come as a shock? Most games that have come out this year have followed this same pattern...this looks to be the new norm...so instead of whining why not be grateful they're continuing to work on the game and provide you more of an experience (and it's FREE if you buy it new).

RTHKI
RTHKI

@imperial_agent get rid of horrible drm and people would stop pirating. drm has done nothing more than make more people pirate games. blame the companies before the consumer.

ebin20
ebin20

ubisoft charged for the dlc no matter what, buy this game new and you get the dlc for free.

LilFuniAZNBoi
LilFuniAZNBoi

hmmm, Ubisoft did the exact thing with Assassins Creed 2.

pudgexd
pudgexd

Alan Wake delayed for months/years and they couldn't include the DLC in the game?

solidine
solidine

This game looks great and I intend to buy it new anyway. It still bugs me when they plan DLC before the release though. It screams "Pay us a side fee for stuff you should have anyway." It wouldn't be so bad if the content actually added to the game, but most of the time it doesn't. It's been getting better, but save for a few game expansions, or PSN/XBLA games, I rarely feel compelled to shell out.

spawnofdarknezz
spawnofdarknezz

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imperial_agent
imperial_agent

I get why publishers want you to buy new instead of used, and making DLC that comes free with new games makes sense. These people need to make money to stay in business. If 10 people all play 1 copy of Alan Wake, the developer can't continue to make these great games because they aren't re-couping the cost to make it in the first place. Buying a used game means that you should have to pay for the DLC, because the developer is not making a single penny when you buy a used game, so... at least buy the $5 DLC. Help them out a little bit. And stop pirating games (looking at you, PC players). Many companies simply go out of business, and lay off their employees, because thousands of people chose to steal the game instead of pay for it.

kavadias1981
kavadias1981

@silver_armanis Too right. Support our developers and get dlc bonuses too. Its a shame that probably half of gamers are 2nd handers and piracy lovers. Bloody scum.

silver_armanis
silver_armanis

The reason they put Free DLC in games on purcahse is to encourage people to buy new games rather then buying pre-owned. Its a great marketing technique. and hey, to those of us that always buy games new anyway, it means free dlc :D

Arab-man666
Arab-man666

It's complete BS that they announce DLC's even before they release the game. I mean, they're purposefully keeping good ideas and game-play OUT of the game, so they can bump the price from 60 bucks a Unit, to a potential 70 bucks a unit. The Hell with this. Boycott DLC for complete games!

freema
freema

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StarWatchers
StarWatchers

couple of things.. if I complete this on nightmare mode before the DLC then im trading it in.. secondly why does alan wake have the same plaster on his head that max payne had in max payne 2? thirdly how is this DLC gonna fit into the story aspects once you have defeated the darkness.

pogswarts
pogswarts

Now why didn't they just delay the game and release this with it? Oh yeah I forgot they just want money.

infestedcyborg1
infestedcyborg1

This game is great, great graphics and really good story. Looking forward to the DLC.

monson21502
monson21502

use 2 discs in the future. stop making short games then have a bunch of dlc all ready waiting on us. then we wont buy so many used games. we are almost or past 5 years into this gen. lets see some big games

meateater79
meateater79

@ EtherealMachine: That's right. I'm so ethnocentric that I sometimes forget there are people outside the US on here. Thanks for the reminder. As for the episodic content, I don't know if my attention will be focused long enough for them to profit from my dollars. Value really is in the eye of the beholder. I bought almost all of the Fallout 3 DLCs, and never regretted it. Besides, wait long enough and they'll usually go on sale (gotta be willing to wait rreeeaaalllyyyy long).

GDNLJB1
GDNLJB1

what none of the "genius's" have figured out is how to effectively use episodic content. What they need to do is reduce the game price to say 39.99 USD, then you have more consumers purchase the product (lower barriers to entry) - then you keep a constant release of new chapters - say bi-monthly for 9.99 USD. If you work the strategy correctly you can turn a 60.00 game into a 100.00 game but have a much broader unit sales base to drive revenues. Something else they need to do is open up their code to small developers to develop content for their games (but with a quality control department) - in a sense view their game as an installed console base; then charge other developers a royalty fee. Think about it, you could form a company that simply designs outfits, car, etc for GTA or something of the like.

Vishant
Vishant

So how can we tell if this DLC should have been part of the original game? I do not like this potential movement toward episodic content for single player releases on any platform.

cabose38
cabose38

I wish it would come on pc :(

EtherealMachine
EtherealMachine

@meateater79: Well maybe he lives in the UK? (It got released here today)

meateater79
meateater79

I really have high expectations for this game. Hopefully it will fill the void in my aching heart that Silent Hill left and Resident Evil 5 rubbed salt into. @robbie_baker: I'm not even gonna ask how you managed to do that.

robbie_baker
robbie_baker

Picked the game up today - awesome so far. Amazing graphics and atmosphere - love it!

raith616
raith616

like the idea of the free dlc meself, finally payin that bit extra seems more worthwhile to get it new n most collectors editions offering this means more than a shiny sleeve for the extra cash (not that im slagging off the tin editions more n a few of those myself)

Wam11
Wam11

haha i should pay attention to what game has these codes.. bought bad company 2 used.. bad move

thegrimrepar
thegrimrepar

@ freema The PC version was cancelled a while back.

Jinx1988
Jinx1988

Free DLC, music to my ears!

mer1in79
mer1in79

Christ what is it with these people moaning about DLC being announced before a game has come out at least this is free if you buy the game new and at least you know that there's something for you to hold onto your game for once complete instead of finding out about it after you've traded it in.

freema
freema

Nice. Just in time for the pc version.

sinsalaca
sinsalaca

This type of DLC is the kind that I do not mind. It is the DLC like Assassin's Creed 2 offered that irks me more. The Alan Wake DLC is additional content. The AC2 DLC were pieces of the main game that were left out for wahtever reason. Also as others have said this game has been in development for over 5 yrs. So it would not surprise me that they have DLC ready to go as well. I believe I read that they already have the sequel to the game plotted out. This woudl explain the people who have said the ending hinted at a sequel.

kidrock17xp
kidrock17xp

@ Heshertonfist - It's the same thing. You buy the game brand new you get a code that lets you d/l the episode free and if you buy it used you have to pay for it if you want it. Same exact thing.

racing1750
racing1750

@MattyWoah It's out today in the UK :)

racing1750
racing1750

So far i love Alan wake, fantastic game. Bring on the DLC :)

Heshertonfist
Heshertonfist

Isn't the free DLC a better idea than what EA is doing now?

MattyWoah
MattyWoah

I was so torn between a pre-order on red dead redemption and this game. I preordered Alan Wake, because I hadn't even heard about Red Dead until a few weeks ago, but I've been anticipating Alan Wake for almost a year. I hope I made the right call on that one.

Serentor
Serentor

i dunno matty, but they might be europeans, we got the game a bit earlier for some reason. im playing it atm, and its great, i love every minute of it. i have nothing bad yet to say about the game. i love it

MattyWoah
MattyWoah

And how is everybody playing Alan Wake if its not even out yet? I had a friend tell me he thought it was horrible a few days ago and that it was to short, and I thought he was just acting a fool, but I've seen many people since claim they've played it as well

MattyWoah
MattyWoah

I love how game companies have been creating DLC that is generally released on or near the release date of the actual game and comes for free if you buy it new... So many people buy used games, and I too am guilty of that... Its not a good thing. 0% of the money on a used game goes to the people who made the game; it all goes to gamestop and other game stores. It will have a negative imact in the long run. I envision developers creating games in the future where MAJOR parts of the story and main characters will be made available in this way.... having an incredibly significant impact on the experience you have if you pay the producer for the game, as opposed to if you pay Gamestop for the game.

maniac-2k7
maniac-2k7

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Gamefan1986
Gamefan1986

Do you people who are complaining even READ the article? If you buy the game, you get the DLC for FREE...this game has been in development for FIVE YEARS, don't you think that they started working on it while they were still doing the main game? Reading comprehension is your friend people.

maniac-2k7
maniac-2k7

Spent a few hours on Alan Wake yesterday and it totally rocks. :D I'm only like halfway through episode 2 though. But more importantly, why are people acting shocked that Alan Wake will have DLC? It was announced a long time ago. They compared the game to a full season boxset of Lost (though it has a solid ending, rather than a cliffhanger ending), with DLC coming out afterwards to continue the story. Then, if the game sells well, they're going to make a season 2 of the game. It's weird having a code sat in the box that doesn't work at all, but at least now they've announced when it will work! :) I love this game, thank you, Remedy!

tbs76
tbs76

Speaking of DLC has anyone noticed the new Sonic 4 game is subtitled, episode 1. Does that mean we get only a portion of the game for 1200 points and have to buy the other episodes later. I can see RIP OFF written all over this one.

tbs76
tbs76

Another game announcing DLC before its even on shelves. Shame on you.

muppen
muppen

Personally I don't mind early DLC announcements at all. It makes you have something to look forward to plus you don't get that "crap I've already sold/traded my copy"-feeling later.

projectpat72988
projectpat72988

DLC is ruining gaming, plain and simple..Its getting ridiculous...Why cant I just buy a game anymore and that be it? and a DLC for this type of game just has me wondering wtf...announcing DLC before a game is even out is also pure BS....How can you have a DLC in this type of game? they better not pull some BS cliff hanger crap and make me get the DLC to finish it.