Alan Wake is being axed!

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Alan Wake‘s journey through the night is going dark. Developer Remedy Entertainment revealed that the game will be removed from all physical and digital retail channels as of Monday, May 15 due to expiring music license rights. Remedy’s planning a special 90-percent off Steam sale starting on Saturday so as many latecomers as possible can start hoarding batteries and blasting shadow zombies.

If you already own Alan Wake or buy it before it’s delisted, you should still be able to download it whenever you want – and yes, it’s backwards compatible on Xbox One. This change just applies on the purchase side. Remedy said on its official forum that it’s “looking into relicensing the music for Alan Wake but it doesn’t have any timeframe for that yet.

Best to treat the delisting as indefinite and – if you haven’t played Alan Wake yet – buy it so hard. It’s a very competent action-horror game built into and around the best storytelling that Remedy has ever done. Plus, the questionable DLC epilogue (which contains Alan Wake’s “true” ending) isn’t all that aggravating now that the whole thing is so cheap.

Alan Wake‘s American Nightmare, a standalone downloadable followup, won’t be affected by this change. Remedy explained that it did the negotiations for American Nightmare‘s soundtrack but not for Alan Wake‘s – that was likely handled by original publisher Microsoft. And it is quite a soundtrack, spanning Harry Nilsson’s “Coconut” to Poe’s “Haunted”, not to mention two bespoke songs by Poets of the Fall (performing as fictional elderly rockers Old Gods of Asgard).

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6 thoughts on “Alan Wake is being axed!

  1. Wow, I didn’t know games could be taken off the market for things like music licenses. I guess I always assumed the developers/parent companies managed things like that beforehand. Very crazy.

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  2. Not related to video games, but the TV show “Daria” had the same issue. They had to replace all the music in the series when they released it on DVD because all the music licenses ran out. I would think in a game it’s best to keep soundtrack production “in house” for just this reason, no? I’m not that familiar with Alan Wake so I don’t know the music used. Is it pop music?

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    • There we go, I’ve embedded a couple of YouTube clips. They sound pretty odd without context, but when your playing the game they really add to the whole experience. If you haven’t played it, now would be the perfect time whilst it’s dirt cheap!

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