2010 survival horror game Alan Wake was one of those titles that people seemed to either love or hate (I personally loved it). If you fall into the former camp, then here’s some potentially good news: Remedy Entertainment, the studio behind the games, has filed a trademark application for ‘Alan Wake’s Return.’
The listing was spotted on the European Union Trademark Database by a NeoGAF user, who also pointed out that the domain ‘www.alanwakereturns.com’ was registered last year “via the same proxy as other Remedy domains.”
Remedy has had its hands full recently with the upcoming Quantum Break, its third-person shooter, but the company’s creative director, Sam Lake, expressed his desire to return to the Twin Peaks-inspired franchise in April last year.
"For Alan Wake, from the get-go, we assumed there was going to be a sequel and we mapped things further out when it came to character, story, details and focus changes," said Lake. "We knew we would have to iterate and refine, but there was always a rough road map there.”
It’s worth remembering, of course, that despite Remedy Entertainment being listed as the owner of the trademark, this could be a hoax. Gamers were disappointed several years ago when a ‘Half-Life 3’ trademark submission turned out to be a fake.
Another indication that a new Alan Wake may be on its way is the fact that Microsoft is offering the original game for free through backward compatibility with every copy of Quantum Break. Anyone pre-ordering will also get the equally entertaining spin-off title American Nightmare, which was originally sold as a downloadable follow-up to the first game.
A new Alan Wake designed for today’s modern hardware is certainly an appealing prospect. Hopefully, the trademark will prove genuine, and we’ll get to return to this dark, brilliant world.