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Alan Wake dev team: “Yes, we’re still here”

Monday, 18th August 2008 14:03 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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Remedy’s posted on the official Alan Wake boards to assure those waiting (and waiting) for news on the horror title that work’s still ongoing.

“Yes, we’re still here and working hard on getting Alan Wake for you to enjoy,” said CFO Mika Reini.

The exec confirmed that things could have gone a little smoother.

“If everything had gone perfectly smoothly there probably would be a game out for you guys to play already,” Reini added.

“But designing a completely new game can be hard, and sometimes you need to take a detour to find the best route forward.”

Thanks, Shacknews.

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34 Comments

  1. Quiiick

    “… and sometimes you need to take a detour to find the best route forward.”

    In other words: “… we had to start all over again.” ?

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Quiiick

    … I mean: they’re how many years in development now?

    #2 6 years ago
  3. Psychotext

    Phew… good to hear this hasn’t been canned or anything. Looking forward to it.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. El_MUERkO

    remedy (makers of duke nukem and prey) in ‘Really Long Development’ shocka!

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Panipal2005

    Do we have a reason why we should still be interested in this game? I’m not a graphics hound myself, but I can’t see that this game hasn’t been eclipsed by Uncharted or what we’ve seen of Heavy Rain so far, for example. So that leaves gameplay…I can’t even remember what would have excited me about what I’d heard of the gameplay either.

    In short this game’s lost my interest, it’ll have to be something pretty damn special to put itself back on the map again. Media blackout has not helped.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Psychotext

    It’s being made by Remedy.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. El_MUERkO

    yup, they may take their sweet time but the finished product is often an 8 out of 10 or better and something different to the norm

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Quiiick

    @ Panipal2005
    100% agreed!

    #8 6 years ago
  9. morriss

    And why is Uncharted all of a sudden being mentioned as the pinnacle of graphical achievement?

    It looks good, not omfgthizizamazingwtflol graphics.

    It’s like “Uncharted” is now the becnhmark when there are far better looking games out there (that don’t tear).

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Quiiick

    Tearing in “Uncharted: Drake’s Furtune” is terrible, indeed. Worst I’ve encountered so far. But graphics-wise it’s definitely still among the top 5 up until now on current-gen consoles!

    #10 6 years ago
  11. Quiiick

    … people are still confused judging/comparing the graphics quality of a game because it is not, and never will be, possible to strictly separate “art direction” from “pure technical achievements”. It will always be a mix of the two. So graphic quality is also simply a matter of taste.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. El_MUERkO

    uncharted is definitely an “art direction” over “graphical fidelity” kind of game

    #12 6 years ago
  13. morriss

    Whatever the difference, it still isn’t a benchmark game visually, imo.

    #13 6 years ago
  14. Quiiick

    I don’t want to offend anyone, but IMO ““Uncharted: Drake’s Furtune” looks better than “Gears of War” which often is cited as a visual benchmark.

    In my eyes “king of graphics” of console games (not mood but reality-wise) is “MGS4″ up until now.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. pjmaybe

    If what I’m seeing of Heavy Rain pans out to be in-game, then Alan Wake’s got a long way to go to pull itself up by its bootstraps to avoid falling into that “Development hell” scenario where the game takes 5 years to develop and ends up looking rather twee when it finally arrives…

    Still moderately excited by it though.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. Psychotext

    Quiiick: MGS4 looks fantastic in the cutscenes (unrivalled in my opinion)… but the gameplay stuff isn’t exactly stunning either.

    Anyway, this is all very off topic.

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Quiiick

    @ Psychotext
    MGS4 is the same quality in cutscenes and in gameplay, graphics-wise. It’s the same engine, isn’t it? … *confused*

    And I don’t think our little discusion is very far off-topic because “Alan Wake” was only judged from a graphics standpoint back when it was first shown at E3 2005 in Los Angeles. We know close to nothing about the quality of gameplay.

    #17 6 years ago
  18. morriss

    Eternal Sonata beats them all hands down, imo.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. Psychotext

    Quiiick: It’s the same engine, but that’s not how it works. You can do a lot more with the processing power when it’s all focussed on the graphics than when it’s handling the AI, physics, controls etc etc etc. You can specifically load the scene in, you know exactly what textures are on display (related to memory space) and where the player is going, you know how long you have to load the next set of geometry / textures etc.

    Different ballgame.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. Quiiick

    I’m fully aware of these differences (which you described with great eloquence above). But first of all, every game has these limitations so it’s the same ballgame for everyone, and second, I really don’t see that much of a difference between gameplay and cutscenses in MGS4. It’s noticeable of course, but the graphics of gameplay in MGS4 are still top notch and to some extend unrivalled.

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Robo_1

    Techwise, Uncharted is still extremely impressive. The fact that there’s no load times in game (all cut scenes can be instantly skipped) and no install needed is very impressive.

    It looks gorgeous too. To say less or more is just fanboy chest beating.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Psychotext

    Quiiick: The real difference is that they put so much more effort into the cutscenes than anyone else (especially the character models). The gameplay stuff is no better than something like COD4.

    #22 6 years ago
  23. Panipal2005

    @ Psychotext

    “It’s being made by Remedy.”

    Sorry, never got into the Max Payne games, maybe I’ll make an effort to get hold of them but beyond that, still don’t see enough reason to anticipate Alan Wake on account of Remedy making it…only gameplay details do that…where are they?

    #23 6 years ago
  24. Quiiick

    Maybe you’re right and in my memory I don’t separate these things anymore. Haven’t touched the game for some weeks now.

    #24 6 years ago
  25. Psychotext

    You don’t have to apologise for not getting into the Max Payne games. ;)

    As for there not being enough reason to anticipate… it’s no different to anticipating the next Blizzard, Team Ico, Bioware game for similar reasons. Some devs just know how to make enjoyable games. :)

    #25 6 years ago
  26. Panipal2005

    Actually, Team Ico’s delayed announcement is not working for me either. I’m wondering what they’ll do to top SotC – I enjoyed the seeking of the colossi with the sword that focussed light, just as much as the combat – but my anticipation is waning, because I’m becoming less certain that they’ll have something that blows us away like SotC did.

    #26 6 years ago
  27. morriss


    Robo_1 said:

    August 18th, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    Techwise, Uncharted is still extremely impressive. The fact that there’s no load times in game (all cut scenes can be instantly skipped) and no install needed is very impressive.

    It looks gorgeous too. To say less or more is just fanboy chest beating.

    Translated:

    “If you disagree with me, you’re a fanboy.”

    #27 6 years ago
  28. Quiiick

    I’m a fanboy, you’re a fanboy, we’re all fanboys too; lala – lala, lala – lala, la le lu le lo …

    #28 6 years ago
  29. patlike

    I’m definitely a fanboy.

    #29 6 years ago
  30. Robo_1

    @Morris

    Fair enough, that was quite a dismissive line to take, but it wasn’t baseless either. I’ve grown sick of the game being heralded as the second coming by Sony fanboys, and brushed off as average by the 360′s.

    The truth is usually somewhere in the middle, and by any reasonable yard stick, it is a great looking game, there’s no need to talk it up to the heavens or pull it to pieces for spites sake.

    Anyway, I’m still a proud Speccy fanboy waiting for Dizzy to make a comeback :)

    #30 6 years ago
  31. Psychotext

    I’m a boyfan…

    …wait, no!

    #31 6 years ago
  32. patlike

    I *knew* it.

    #32 6 years ago
  33. No_PUDding

    I still think Shadow of the Colossus looks better than anything this generation.

    Haha… I kind of do, in all seriousness.

    Anyway, Eternal Sonata is nice, I agree Morriss. I think games with artistic directions are great, and it’s certainly more importnat right now, ebcuase we haven’t got ultimate technology. But Uncharted certainly is a pretty game as is Metal Gear Solid 4.

    Whoever said above about Team ICO is right. They cheated so much to push the PS2, I cannot wait to see how they push the PS3. That will definitely be a very pretty game.

    #33 6 years ago
  34. Blerk

    Just show us something! Anything! At all!

    #34 6 years ago

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