X10 Alan Wake Interview: Sam Lake

Remedy's lead writer talks about the upcoming Xbox 360 suspense-horror game at Microsoft's media event in San Francisco.

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newbie4lyfe
newbie4lyfe

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sir00
sir00

@valttu@ may be but they have taken so much time to make it ,it must be a long series ,i think so

valttu
valttu

@sir00 I think he was talking about DLC, not sequels.

Lazerbeak2125
Lazerbeak2125

This is just another RE/Silent Hill type game.Pesonally,Heavy Rain is better.MUCH better story,presentation,and u really don't have to work.

FahlazadDelOra
FahlazadDelOra

hahaha Sam looks kinda old now.... can't wait for Alan Wake & Max Payne 3

sir00
sir00

Sam says we are opening doors to large story so alan wake sequels are already on

sir00
sir00

i am not a pc gamer but i think they had best and biggest collection of exclusives + the game prices are very low i hope i had a good gaming pc

Phoenix2Raven
Phoenix2Raven

You know PC gamers complaining about how less and less games are made for the PC should look at past events and see how you really did this do yourselves by being so excluding. I went into Bioshock 2 forums where there were people who said they built a PC just for that game to play in their living rooms but had to use a gamepad and a DISABLED PC gamer that couldn't use the k/m and these people got NO sympathy and were told to go get a console. Well thats exactly what people have done and now you are losing games due to this attitude. I mean to have no sympathy for a person who was disabled and physically couldn't use a k/m comfortably that is ridiculous. Market share is the key and you guys should be welcoming people with open arms instead of excluding them. Who cares what their input choice is, what you need is a bigger percentage of people classifying themselves as PC Gamers, thats the only way to get publishers to put up money for PC games. But I guess you rather have less games with an elitist attitude than more games with a variety of different players. I have nothing against PC gamers I use to be one for quite a while I'm just being honest about how PC gamers tend to be not very inclusive when right now you should be. I wish more games were release for the PC but as of right now I think this last PC is the last I'm gonna build thats going to be geared towards gaming.

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

Well said s2i2p2i2o, and the truth does hurt. But we're gamers and have the power to adapt to whatever the industry throws at us. Whether they move to consoles now, back to PC's in five years or playing out of a shoebox 10yrs from now, gamers will be there. Why?, because we love it that much! Of course, the indusrty KNOWS that too.

s2i2p2i2o
s2i2p2i2o

naturrly they want to make money! it's not like they are making games so that you people in the world can be happy. the downloading issue is bigger on pc, and that's one of the reasons to why developers have their eyes set on the console-market. i know that alot of ppl don't want to hear this but honestly, we pc-gamers put this on ourselfs.

macwr
macwr

Its not that they hate PC its that they are forcing u to buy a 360 so their sales will go up. MC is all about making money they dont really give a crap about gamers. They know u will want to play the game so u will have to buy a 360 its all part of they marketing. Look at the final fantasy 13 bundle its a joke and they know it, they know that there are suckers born every minute and will spend their money eather way on it.

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

Though hooking a PC to your television isn't "rocket science" . It's not practical and alot of people do not set their PC's up through their televisions. And it's still not easier than hooking up a console, not to mention the location of most PC's in a home. And the real reason, is money. They should be honest about that.

Flatland013975
Flatland013975

Slowly, the reasons for marginalization are growing more and more absurd; they do not want to admit to us the true reasons why they will not give us our games. They never even took into account the fact that PCs are ridiculously easy to set up in front of a large TV, or that many Xbox 360's around the world are still attached to SDTV's. Their reasons concerned atmosphere - an irrelevant circumstance that greatly differed from machine to machine. And who among you cannot remember the Max Payne 2 so atmospherically played upon the lowly PC? Who among you cannot remember Half-Life 2's Nova Prospekt and Ravenholm levels played like so? WHO AMONG YOU WHO PLAYED MYST ON THIS PLATFORM WAS BOTHERED BY THE ATMOSPHERE? SO WHAT if what you view to be the most compelling way to experience Alan Wake is on your console? Shall you deprive an Avatar fan of her James Cameron movie because she doesn't want to go to a 3D theater, saying that the "only way to see it is in 3D?" Hence, there is no real reason implicated, but a false placeholder for a real marketing decision that took into account none of the consumer base respect and only the money involved. I suppose this is the real corporate way; let it propagate and earn its petty money. They've already lost my respect by not telling me to my face that they just don't want my PC platform.

Flatland013975
Flatland013975

In addition to Ajax's statement, I'd like to emphasize that Alan Wake was one of the games us PC gamers had been looking forward to. Microsoft made efforts to show that it would run only on multicore machines (decent demos were being made on Core 2 Quad Q6600's and 8800 GTX's), and if I recall correctly, DirectX 10 was one of its key selling points (though even without this, the graphics were already very advanced). Combine this with the fact that superior Max Payne experiences had always been present on the PC, and you get the desire for an interesting followup from the same writer. We all feared the worst when Alan Wake PC was removed from a lineup, but hoped and prayed that the decision would be reversed. However, I quote Microsoft: "Some games are more suited for the intimacy of the PC, and others are best played from the couch in front of a larger TV screen," states Microsoft. "We ultimately realised that the most compelling way to experience Alan Wake was on the Xbox 360 platform, so we focused on making it an Xbox 360 exclusive. Both Microsoft and Remedy have long histories in PC game development. This decision was about matching this specific game to the right platform." source: http://www.strategyinformer.com/news/6978/microsoft-alan-wake-will-no-longer-be-coming-to-the-pc

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

Oh I see. Man, never thought of it that way, you have a very valid point. Thanks for the insight. Everything eventually changes (as you said), in the future something is bound to knock consoles out the way. So I've learn to love games more than any platform it's on, platforms will come and go, my love for gaming never will. So I follow the games NOT the platform.

AjaxsLastStand
AjaxsLastStand

@TheoleDominion PC gamers are becoming pissed because their share of the cake is getting smaller. Sure, it's been a while since developers have been devoting more effort to consoles. But lately, there's been a delineation. Developers are focusing more on console multiplayer. This means that PC multiplayer is receiving less support, and therefore making less of a quality experience. Multiplayer is a very big selling point for any game, regardless of the platform it's on. Console multiplayer has become a massive cash cow due to things like PSN and XBox Live Arcade, not just because of match making for games, but also for the convenience of buying games directly to your console. With the shift from PC multiplayer to console multiplayer has meant that the relevancy of PC gaming has become somewhat lessened. When a sector of the gaming world becomes less profitable than another, it WILL be abandoned. It might be kept limping along, and in some places (mmo's especially) it will still be a lucrative and thriving business. But overall, consoles are making more money than PC's in terms of gaming. Therefore, developers will tailor their efforts to consoles to get the biggest bang for their buck. This marginalizes PC gamers, who will naturally become angry. It's just the nature of the business. If you can get water out of the well easier than you can from squeezing a rock, you're gonna drop the rock.

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

Wow..PC gamers seem really pissed. Since when games made for consoles been a big deal for PC gamers? Since consoles came into existence there are literally hundreds of games that never made it to PC, why in the last 5 to 8yrs has this been such a fuss?

BonsaiMet
BonsaiMet

Whenever I look at him I think of Max Payne. But when I close my eyes and listen to him he sounds like The Terminator. :)

psycho_path
psycho_path

I'll always remember Sam Lake as the guy who wrote the two Max Payne games. He also used his looks for the Max Payne character.

itachi1993
itachi1993

I wanted Alan Wake but they change the premise so much I don't even care about the game anymore. Plus, wth did they cancel the PC version; how bs that is.

wavey_gravey
wavey_gravey

@metalkid9 or just a guy where English is not his first language! I cannot wait for this game, it is looking awesome.

metalkid9
metalkid9

We have convinced UHHH UHHH a demo ... UHH from two different UHHH episodes ... in the game UHHH first UHHH snippet of-of He sounds like someone is holding a gun to his head lol

metalkid9
metalkid9

Too bad Remedy won't be working on MP3

3DHacker
3DHacker

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Onsfan
Onsfan

Oh, wait, that's right, they CANCELLED the PC release. Might as well don't give any hope to future PC sequals. All in all, I respect Microsoft as a potent developer. And excluding PC as a game platform is a perplexing decision

Onsfan
Onsfan

So there will be sequals, huh. Now let me guess, the sequal would be x-box 360 exclusive and would never port to PC.... same thing happened for Halo, Fable, and Gears of War. Knowing that, I would have to reserve my judgement for the purchase. Still, though, this game looks to be one of the better games that's coming out, so it's a tough call on my part....

dark_being
dark_being

The game still looks great. Finally something that will justify the X360 I purchased...

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

MS isn't killing PC gaming, out of thousands of games made on PC, I guarantee you MS makes up a very small percentage of them. Before Microsoft got into the console markets they have and always been a software company. They have never been a huge component in developing PC games. Most of the games that are huge in the PC markets were not developed or sponsored by Microsoft. That statement is true now, and true even 20yrs ago.

Arach666
Arach666

This game is going from bad to worse.

sam_gamer
sam_gamer

microsoft is killing pc gaming its very sad :(

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

lol@guitarist1980 - PC gaming isn't going anywhere, my mom and aunts are on Pogo all the time. But I agree, the reason given was not altogether truthful, he should have said that it's more money in the console market. That's the REAL reason.

guitarist1980
guitarist1980

They cancelled the pc version... and the reason given is one of the worst reasons I have ever heard.. Its scary when the creators of windows want to kill pc gaming... very scary indeed.

brizzock
brizzock

This is from the people who did the Max Payne series, and the similarities are obvious. Anyone who played Max Payne 1 or 2 would know just how unique and surrreal experience it was blended with some of the most simple yet effective storytelling to go with the bullet time action. If its half as good as Max Payne im all in.

SirMordredX
SirMordredX

@cRaZyGaMeR22 You know, I honestly think [flame me or not] that people like you are narrow minded - I mean whenever a yet to be tryed game idea comes to light, there are always skeptical viewpoints [a lot of people are saying the same about Heavy Rain, though that's much less action oriented still] - yet evolution of gaming wouldn't exist without these things anyway. Plus, if there were just more guns on end then it wouldn't be very intresting, we've all shot up shadowy creatures before in SH and RE etc. and this is new, so I'd give it a little bit more of a chance if I were you.

cRaZyGaMeR22
cRaZyGaMeR22

Gotta agree with smghottie, I'll give it a rent, definitley wont drop sixty bucks on a game that flashlights are your primary weapon.

sammoth
sammoth

@DarkFantom1 Well at least it will be out before GT5. How is that demo working out for you lol.

smghottie
smghottie

Ummm might rent this game. Definitely not going to buy it though.

Yukeshime
Yukeshime

When he said more powerful flashlights, I was picturing something like army of two's weapon customization system but with flashlights. And even though I'm 99% sure it won't be like that, the game sounds interesting.

game-on-man
game-on-man

I REALY LOST INTEREST IN THIS GAME. SCREW THIS GAME

mgsforever
mgsforever

ricardo sounds so weird...anyway im definately getting this game prob.

rockzo
rockzo

the consolization of this game is just sad.

omgbilliejean
omgbilliejean

Looks good and interesting, but not worth the $60.

koHd
koHd

Silent Hill? Turn up to strange town - check Lose loved one - check Go to find loved one, only to find all types of monsters lurking in the dark - check

TheoleDominion
TheoleDominion

Almost like Secret World..Dark Days are coming..lol