Previously, on Alan Wake…
In May of 2017 Remedy’s community staff gave a brief heads-up that the game was going to be delisted from all digital platforms due to expired music licensing, plunging Alan into the suffocating darkness of digital unavailability. Suddenly, on October 25th Remedy announced via Twitter that the game had returned to Steam and GOG.com and would soon be re-emerging from the blackness on Xbox 360.
“Big thanks to our partner and Alan Wake’s publishers @Microsoft who were able to renegotiate the rights to the licensed music in Alan Wake, so that the game can be sold again.” @RemedyGames
In subsequent replies on Twitter, Remedy confirmed that all of the game’s licensed music was kept intact thanks to Microsoft and that the Xbox version would return “very soon”. To commemorate Alan’s reappearance and celebrate the Halloween season the game is also on sale for 80% off through November 1st on Steam and GOG.com. If you’re after the Xbox 360 version keep an eye on this page.
“The music licenses for Alan Wake are expiring. As a result, the game is going to be taken out of physical and digital retail. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will stay in retail. We’re having a 90% off “Sunset Sale” for Alan Wake on Steam May 13th through the 15th, 2017.”
The unfortunate but appreciably straight-to-the-point post appeared today on Remedy’s Alan Wake forum. The music licensing for the original Alan Wake is expiring and since Remedy didn’t negotiate the original license they have no immediate way to renew. As a result, the original Alan Wake and its DLC will be removed from sale on Steam and Xbox platforms on Tuesday, May 16th. Though not clarified by Remedy this will presumably see the game delisted from GOG.com as well.
In a post by Polygon, Remedy’s head of communications, Thomas Puha, added that “Microsoft and Remedy are looking into renegotiating the music licenses, but there’s nothing more to comment on that for now. Obviously having to remove the game from stores is rather unfortunate. So, we figured, let’s discount the game heavily and those who have not bought Alan Wake yet, here’s your chance to grab it on Steam.”
The original forum post lays out a few more details on the sale and confirms that the digital-only pseudo-sequel, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, isn’t going away… yet. The original Alan Wake is also available on disc for Xbox 360 and download codes continue to be sold on Amazon.