Quantum Break Has Hidden Trailer for "Alan Wake's Return"

But what is it?

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On February 25 a trademark for something called Alan Wake's Return appeared online, sparking speculation that developer Remedy Entertainment may be returning to the property for something new. Now, it has been revealed that a live-action trailer for Alan Wake's Return will be included in the studio's next game, Quantum Break. However, it still isn't clear exactly what this is.

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Polygon reports that, in an early section of Quantum Break, players can interact with a TV and watch a cinematic trailer for a live-action adaptation of Alan Wake.

The tailer ends with a title card that reads "RETURN," which is also the name of a manuscript that can be found in Alan Wake's American Nightmare, a downloadable standalone DLC expansion released for the Xbox 360.

As of yet, it is unclear if this is simply an easter egg or an indication that Remedy is indeed cooking up something new for Alan Wake. Trademarking the name doesn't necessarily mean a new game is on the way, it may just be the studio protecting the name.

Sam Lake, Remedy's creative director, has repeatedly said the studio would like to return to Alan Wake some day.

"We're really, really proud of all the games we have made," he said. "And obviously all of them are dear to us. They have a special place in our hearts. You never know about the future and as we have said about Alan Wake, the sequel didn't work out at this point. But definitely we are looking for opportunities to do more, someday, when the time is right."

Lake has also previously said that designs for an Alan Wake sequel were put together after the first game was released, but were abandoned. Since then, he claims, Remedy has come up with much better ideas for Alan Wake 2.

"We have been iterating the idea of what an Alan Wake sequel could be, and along the way there has been much better ideas than what the concept coming out of Alan Wake was for the sequel. "

Quantum Break, meanwhile, will launch on April 5 across Xbox One and PC. The Windows edition will be sold exclusively through the Windows 10 store; it will not be available on Steam.

Those that preorder the digital Xbox One edition gets a free copy of the Windows 10 PC version. The console and PC versions support cross-save between them.

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I'm probably the only poster here who would actually rather see a movie or live-action TV series than another game. The way Alan Wake is written, I think it would make an amazing series, but the gameplay has always been the lackluster end of the stick. Either way, more Alan Wake is definitely welcome.

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Just like in Alan Wake, i'll be interacting with all the TVs and with everything I can really :)

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They're already developing that game for about six months.

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Hell yes I would love to play an Alan Wake sequel!

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Alan Wake was such a great game. Shame it was only out on Xbox 360 and later PC. Hopefully the sequel it will be released on playstation as well (with maybe the original one?).

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@dethtrain: Remedy is second party of Microsoft. Meaning Microsoft funds all their games, but the IP is mostly in Remedy's hands. QB is a Microsoft IP I think. So you can expect to see all their games only on Xbox and PC.

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New Alan Wake already! I skipped school to play the first game many years ago! now I won't have to do that.

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Thank you Remedy. Most underrated game last gen and deserves a proper sequel.

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Please Please PLEASE, Will Buy A xbox one just to play

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Cool. Liking the look of quantum break and will be getting it but new alan wake needs to happen as well

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I had stopped waiting for Max Payne 3 when Alan Wake came out and I think they handled the ending for Max pretty good (Sure there is a game called Max Payne 3, but these days I disregard it). Likewise I have stopped waiting for Alan Wake sequel and I think I would be happy with a small tv episode or manuscript or something like that in QB telling how it ended. Maybe in QB there's an asylum you visit and Alan is there writing on the walls, or maybe they reveal it was just a tv-show that was cancelled with a bad spinoff.

Then when they create the next new game after QB they can again say that QB was just a tv-show. In the end it's just a book inside a tv-show that is inside a tv-show that is inside a radio programme that is inside a comic strip...

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It would be funny if Alan Wake Returns turned out to just be a remaster.

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@Welverin: Even if it was a remaster I'd still be happy. I'm pretty sure its a sequel.

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@xcrimsonxsynx: I have it for PC, so a remaster wouldn't make much difference to me, if any. So, I definitely hope it's a new game.

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Why reveal these things exist? It'd be nice if the easter eggs were left hidden for us to find ourselves in-game.

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@KiD1515: Thank Polygon. Remedy didn't reveal it.

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Clear something up for me...Does QB come with a copy of the original Alan Wake...or American Nightmare?

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@louixiii: I believe DL codes for both. If you do digital pre-order, you get DL codes for both AND a DL code for W10 version of QB

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@KiD1515: I hope so. I want to play the original AW

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@louixiii: Preorders for Xbox One do, but I think that's only through the Xbox store.

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@Welverin: I preordered it at GameStop...and does it have to get digital only because I like physical copies and I really wanted to play the original AW

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@louixiii: http://www.gamestop.com/xbox-one/games/quantum-break/126558

Looks like you will, I was a bit surprised by that. Check with your store to be sure though.

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@Welverin: Holy smokes...that's a lot of bang for your buck. Thanks for the link

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"...that can be found in alan wakes american nightmare, a downloadable standalone DLC expansion..." so i guess that reads a downloadable standalone downloadable content expansion. bruh....

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As in, it CAN return, not that it WILL return.

It Quantum Break does very well though, you can bet Alan Wake won't return. They will be too busy making QB sequels.

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Alan Wake and Alan Wake's American Nightmare were two of my favorite games back in the day. I hope they do a sequel, and that they do it right.

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Dude, get your info straight:

"Alan Wake's American Nightmare, a downloadable standalone DLC expansion released for the Xbox 360."

No, it's just a stand-alone game. There's nothing DLC or expansion about it. It's completely separate.

Did you even play the games?

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@skyhighgam3r: And it was also released for PC. I got it on GOG.

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@skyhighgam3r: take you high five on that one

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