Remedy working on new 'AAA' Xbox 360 project

Job listing reveals that Finnish studio is already hiring for its next big game for Microsoft's console--is it Alan Wake 2?

Though it was given solid reviews by critics, Alan Wake wasn't the runaway hit that publisher Microsoft had hoped, selling just over 250,000 units in the US, according to the NPD Group. Nevertheless, the game's developer appears to be soldiering on with its next project, according to a job listing on industry trade site Gamasutra.

"Excuse me! Which way is the employment office?"

According to the listing, the Espoo, Finland-based studio is currently looking for a producer on a "AAA console project" that is later identified as being for the Xbox 360. No further details were given about the game other than that it would be built using Hansoft project-management middleware and scrum development processes and that all applicants must have at least five years of experience to even be considered for the position.

One title the game most definitely isn't is Max Payne 3. Though Remedy developed the first two installments in the series--2000's Max Payne and 2003's Max Payne 2--the third installment in the series, next year's Max Payne 3, is currently in the works at Rockstar Vancouver for a 2011 release. Given that the position is for an Xbox 360 title, a leading contender is a sequel to Alan Wake, which was exclusive to Microsoft's console. Remedy had not responded to requests for comment about the project as of press time.

Alan Wake tells the story of a best-selling author who retreats with his wife to a small secluded town in hopes of recovering from a severe creative block. His self-imposed rehabilitation is cut short when his wife disappears and the town of Bright Falls becomes haunted by specters out of his latest novel. The game received two downloadable expansions, the last of which, The Writer, was released on October 12.

For more on Alan Wake, read GameSpot's full review.

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TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@sleepnsurf It took you a year to respond with something as crappy as that? Honestly.. *facepalms*

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

@TevoxZi I can mock them as much as I want. I have played them all so far and only 1 exclusive caught my attention. Uncharted. Get off your high horse and move on to the next board you can talk trash.

teufelherz
teufelherz

I just finished Alan Wake and its 2 DLC episodes. Having done that, I really wish that there is a sequel. The story is simply superb.

cube-gage
cube-gage

I hope its alan wake 2. Alan wake was a really good game, not perfect but still really good. The story was superb and it was like a HBO series the way it left you wanting more. Graphics were good but screen tearing sucked. Gameplay was ok but got repetitive, and the ending was a let down. Hopefully in 2 they can iron out the kinks, I wonder where the next game will be set? Probably start in the same town but it would be nice to be set in hawaii or something imo.

GamerforChrist
GamerforChrist

A sequel to Alan Wake, would be awesome. I truly thought of the game and it's two DLC episodes as a masterpiece. And the thought of a sequel is something I deeply anticipate.

steelmouth
steelmouth

here is to hoping its not Alan Wake 2 not that alan wake was bad but because the x360 need more new exclusives, so plz ms bring more new exclusives atleast 2 or 3 a year for the rest of this generation

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Alan wake was actually pretty fun, it definately felt like a max payne type game. More wild animals and running at a native 720p resolution would have helped it i'm sure, as well as fixing the lip syncing which was horendous! Otherwise a great game. Can't wait for a sequel.

battalionwars13
battalionwars13

@firehawk998 Whoops, there was possessed animals, the birds =p. It would have been great if there was Bears, Deer, Mountain lions and other animals that would be controlled by the Darkness. It would have been awesome and it would have added to the diversity of the enemies, but we can hope that they have them in AW2.

digi-demon
digi-demon

Maybe a sequel is not such a silly idea. Look, even if the original didn't sell so well the inital development costs and artwork and designs (maybe stuff that didn't make the final cut) could be reformated or 'reheated' along with some new stuff and a sequel created - the game engine is now 'proven' they have experience gained from the first title (and reviews feedback) so they can hopefully produce 'a crowd pleaser' and maybe recoup some of the initial investment$ made on the original release... maybe... just a thought.

XanderZane
XanderZane

I doubt it's another Alan Wake game. The first one was great however. It's too bad more people wasn't interested it. Stuff like this happens all the time on the PS3. Most of their exclusives have poor sales. Games like Demon's Souls, 3D Dot Game Heroes, ModNation Racer and MAG haven't even sold over 1 million copies worldwide yet. Alan Wake has sold over 750K worldwide, so I'm sure it has sold more then 250K in the U.S. by now. **************************************************************** @DrKill09 If it's 360 only, it's not "AAA". Go back to making pc games. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Halo Reach and Forza 3 says hello. LOL!! Most developers are leaving PC gaming and jumping over to consoles. That's where the REAL money is at. Developers spend $5-10 million making a PC games and then only sell about 200K copies. The same game will sell 500K - 1 Million on the game consoles.

silverdoe
silverdoe

ppl are mad of this because I remember this thing was promoted exclusively for Vista with DX10, blah blah blah. And then they said this better be played while sitting on a couch with a controller. Hell, I can play this game with a controller on PC while sitting on a couch! lol

Slagar
Slagar

To complainers, I'm sure the controls were deliberate, to give you that sense of dread in the dark. Looking at the control schemes, they had every opportunity to make it "easier" for the player, but they chose to make it awkward and scary. As a "gamer" I picked up on the system pretty quick, but those first few moments were quite panic-driven/creepy. Seeing less competent players get absolutely spooked and flail about while playing it really showed just how clever it was. The game wasn't perfect - the Taken did become a bit of a chore, and the forest did become tiresome - but overall I think it was a fantasticly crafted singleplayer game. The graphics and story were outstanding. It really was a top notch cinematic achievement in my view. It's a real shame that sales for games like this typically don't stack up (but the reasons are understandable).

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

The game sold pretty poorly compared to pretty much every other big exclusive this year, so a sequel is unlikely when you consider the unprecedented development time and humongous budget the original had for so little end result profit. If it does happen though, they NEED to focus less on the utterly tedious combat and implement the "light as a weapon" mechanic PROPERLY, not just as a way to take down the enemies magic shadow shields so other weapons can hurt them. Plus, more responsive controls and fixed jumping mechanics would also be a must.

l777l
l777l

Proper characters and better use of (potentially) good ones, story, psychological elements and more diverse gameplay, please.

Ice_man_1985
Ice_man_1985

Remedy, you are the best damn developers that i ever known, you always bring fresh stuff to the table and i will always fully support you :D

-Snooze-
-Snooze-

Can we have a good game this time, please?

Barighm
Barighm

It's a speculative article, but I wouldn't mind seeing a sequel to Alan Wake. The game can improve in a lot of ways and sequels often do just that. It's got style, it just needs more variety in the basics.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@Arrogant_1 Once again, bravo. Have a thumb up. ^^

ffviiifreak
ffviiifreak

PLEASE BE ALAN WAKE 2!!! BECAUSE ALAN WAKE IS OFF THE HOOK!!!

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

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lowerpass
lowerpass

Alan wake has sold just over 750000 copies worldwide to date. Though the initially the numbers were that not good but this definitely has legs for the long run. The reason is word of mouth. The word of mouth of this game has been pretty impressive thus far. So I expect this game to sell over 1 million copy by this year. I know the numbers are not that huge but one will have to understand that remedy is a very small team. So I would not be surprised if they create a sequel.And maybe next time Microsoft will push the game into the market lot harder.

MystikRex
MystikRex

Surely it's too soon for an Alan Wake sequel. I'd like to see a brand new game from Remedy.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Hope it doesn't take another 7 years to make it and I hope they keep the story writer from Alan Wake.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

I've changed my mind about exclusivity over the years. The more people who can experience an awesome game like Alan Wake, the better! If some people prefer PC or PS3, then that's their preference. While I prefer the 360 because of its user-friendliness and the controller, I'd LOVE to be able to play some of the games that are exclusive to PC (Old Republic) or PS3 (Heavy Rain), but I can't. So I understand how some PC users are annoyed that this didn't come out on their preferred format too.

Arrogant_1
Arrogant_1

The gaming community is an interesting place... Here we have a company claiming "AAA Xbox 360 Project" & there has been no game announced what-so-ever, just the company making the proposed title along with a metric TON of speculation. I for one, will sit back & wait to see what develops before I dream up an incarnation of some (?) game that is, up to this point, intangible. The funny thing is, people are already fighting tooth & nail over their "opinions" of what this story may... or may not be. I like how if you prefer one system over another you are automatically called a "fanboy", like preference is grounds for insult... by the way: I like strawberry jelly more than grape. Grow-up!

howie1926
howie1926

Alan Wake was a fun game but about half way threw I started to get really, really bored. I just lost interest.

yearof3000
yearof3000

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Blitzman
Blitzman

Wow, I expected Alan Wake would have done *much* better than a quarter mil in sales. Especially given two expansions.

yearof3000
yearof3000

jinilthedon@ and "ThePhantomGamer" just made my point.

yearof3000
yearof3000

jinilthedon@ I understand that, but I'm saying it's not a 360 exclusive if the game is also for PC! Also most people don't have a gaming system and just have a PC?! And some people rather play some games PC than consoles, like my friend for example rather play Left 4 Dead and The Orange Box on PC. And some games can't play well on consoles like MMO and real time strategy games.

DrKill09
DrKill09

If it's 360 only, it's not "AAA". Go back to making pc games. :P

yearof3000
yearof3000

JustPlainLucas@ Thanks for clearing that up for me. But when he said "But suffers at the last third so much so." I want to know, what he means by that.

Grovilis
Grovilis

@MOwens9512 This. Multiplayer exclusives were the reason I bought the Xbox 360 in the first place. I mean, if I had to pick wich console Alan Wake would've thrived on the best I would've picked the PS3 considering that console is pretty single player based.

thelegendlives5
thelegendlives5

Alan Wake was a really cool game, the problem was that it was announced very early in the development and had a LOT of hype going with it. Sadly, that made people think it was a disappointment :( To be honest, it didn't quite live up to the hype, but still it was a really enjoyable game.

TechnologoDoom
TechnologoDoom

nice. I just finished Alan Wake and was quite impressed. as long as they fix up the voice-animations, especially for Alice, i'll be pleased!

shadowdemon0085
shadowdemon0085

I look forward to seeing what game this is! An Alan Wake 2 would be awesome!

M3ran
M3ran

this is really good,i love Remedys games alan wake was just awsome

GunBladeHero
GunBladeHero

Alan Wake is a terrific game! If this new project is indeed Alan Wake 2 I will be more than happy to buy it!

ThePhantomGamer
ThePhantomGamer

@jinilthedon Exactly. I just built a high end gaming pc, and I traded in my 360 because the games that I liked on the 360, are on the PC.

MOwens9512
MOwens9512

I hate to say it like this, but Alan Wake should have been cross-platformed. It would have thrived a lot better had it been on PC and/or PS3. As I and many others have said before, XBox's core audience live for multiplayer experiences; the whole platform was built on that aspect of gaming. Most of my friends are XBox owners and I rarely hear them talking about playing games that don't feature multiplayer. Then throw in the fact that it had a lot of competition for dollars early this year (Red Dead, FF XIII, Mass Effect 2, etc) and well I guess it kind of got lost in the sea of good games.

jinilthedon
jinilthedon

@yearof3000 dude,just think like this,Everyone who have an xbox 360 may not have a pc with good specifications to run now-a-days game and pc cant be considered as a Gaming platform,it does millions of thing.

TevoxZi
TevoxZi

@sleepnsurf Just because it's your opinion doesn't make it the general fact. Keep that in mind, because I - for one respect Bungie's work, but I dislike Halo, I own Left 4 Dead -serie on PC, Splinter Cell - I could also buy on PC as well as Mass Effect, which will have its 2nd part come out on PS3 next year. So therefore they don't count as "console demanding" -exclusives to All it leaves on your list is Gears of War - which I'm not that much interested in, Fable - which I am slightly interested in and Alan Wake - which I am, as well interested in as I've played it at my friend's house. Not to hate on Xbox 360, I'm going to buy one surely next to my PS3 eventually if I find more games that I require the console for, but if you really find the need to mock the PS3 - the least you could do is to come up with some mature & valid point that everyone can agree on, instead of mocking it with just an opinion whereas everyone can have their own. P.S. The next time you post something, it could be about the topic itself instead of going offtopic just to make other fanboys get pissed off at you. Face it, they're both amazing consoles, because if they weren't - people wouldn't be buying them. Anyways, whatever is coming up, this'll increase my interest towards the Xbox 360.

firehawk998
firehawk998

@battalionwars13 :- that would make an excellent addition in the game. Just imagine being attacked by a possed mountain lion in the dead of the night.

battalionwars13
battalionwars13

@firehawk998 Yup and I want there to be animals controlled by the Darkness. That's what I felt that AW was missing

JustPlainLucas
JustPlainLucas

@yearof3000 Read his comment again. He said "besides Uncharted 2, there is nothing really special", meaning he acknowledges that Uncharted 2 is special.

yearof3000
yearof3000

fadersdream@ Tell me what Uncharted 2 really suffer in... really?

fadersdream
fadersdream

@both of you... neither one was that special. Uncharted is a great game in it's beginning but suffers at the the last third so much so that the game gets taken from heights to being above average. Mass Effect is much like the PS3, the saddest part is how much potential it has but how much of that gets lost on being over ambitious about many things, but repeating old tried ideas from every other pc rpg before it.