PC Alan Wake's fate TBD - Remedy

Finnish studio rules out simultaneous launch with 360, says decision to bring game to Windows systems at all is Microsoft's; publisher remains mum.

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Last month, Alan Wake was extensively demonstrated at Microsoft's media briefing during the Electronic Entertainment Expo. However, the fact that the game was shown off during a section of the presentation reserved for Xbox 360 exclusives raised a variety of questions. Had the previously announced, Vista-only PC edition of the Remedy-developed game been canceled? Or was it misplaced in the Xbox 360-exclusive section like Metal Gear Solid Rising, which Konami later revealed is also coming to the PlayStation 3 and PC?

The status of the PC edition of Alan Wake remains shrouded in mystery.
The status of the PC edition of Alan Wake remains shrouded in mystery.

Now, it turns out that both options are partially correct. This week, Remedy confirmed to GameSpot that, as had been hinted at, the Xbox 360 version of Alan Wake is its sole focus. "It is accurate that we are currently working exclusively on the Xbox 360 version of Alan Wake," a rep for the suburban Helsinki, Finland-based studio said. "It's safe to say that at least a simultaneous launch with the Xbox version will not happen at this late stage."

However, when it came to the status of the PC edition of the game, Remedy was much vaguer in its response. "PC plans are currently open," a rep said. "Remedy has a deep heritage in PC gaming and would love to see a PC version available to its PC followers. Ultimately, however, this decision lies with our publisher [Microsoft Game Studios]." Requests for comment sent to Microsoft Game Studios had not been returned as of press time, leaving Alan Wake followers in the same place as the horror game's flashlight-wielding hero--in the dark.

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