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Alan Wake: gaming's greatest Stephen King story

Matthew Byrd Dec 21, 2017

Remedy's macabre masterpiece videogame, Alan Wake, is frighteningly close to a true Stephen King tale.

Lots of spoilers for Alan Wake lie ahead.

2010’s Alan Wake opens with these lines: “Stephen King once wrote that nightmares exist outside of logic and there's little fun to be had in explanations. They're antithetical to the poetry of fear.”

It’s rare to find a piece of entertainment that so openly boasts about its influences. Yes, we as consumers recognise when a title has been influenced by another work, but for creators, there is a value - whether tangible or perceived - to originality. After all, there's always a worry that the work that you do will be considered a "rip off" of something else.

It’s not exactly bold to proclaim that Alan Wake is like a Stephen King book in game form, especially when Remedy Entertainment has been
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2017 Tribeca Film Festival presents the first Tribeca Games Festival

Now in it’s sixteenth year, the Tribeca Film Festival has been a staple in the film community, contributing to some of film’s finest filmmakers and ideas. In keeping with the festival’s mission to bring about new modes of storytelling, this year’s festival will include the inaugural Tribeca Games Festival, allowing audiences to experience what happens behind the scenes in the world’s most popular medium.

Taking place April 19th to April 30th, the Tribeca Film Festival was founded in 2002 by Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, and Craig Hatkoff in response to the September 11 attacks in New York City. Over the years, the festival has come to feature events prominent in New York as well as supporting many New York ventures, with the ultimate goal of bringing together up and coming storytellers into the spotlight.

In this way, the Tribeca Games Festival seems like a no-brainer. Taking
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Horror Highlights: Teen Wolf Pop! Vinyls, The Recall, Deep Shock, Tribeca Games Festival

Scott McCall (as a human and as his wild werewolf self) and best bud Stiles have their very own Funko Pop! figures now. Collect whichever vinyl figure tickles your fancy this spring! Also in today's Highlights: Wesley Snipes reveals The Recall's release date at CinemaCon 2017, a look at the teaser trailer for Deep Shock, and the Tribeca Games Festival announcement.

Photos & Release Details for Funko's Teen Wolf Pop! Vinyls: From Funko: “Teen werewolf Scott McCall and his best friend Stiles are coming to Pop! vinyl!

Bitten the night before starting sophomore year of high school, Scott is now a True Alpha werewolf! Collect Scott in his human form, or as a werewolf!

Add them to your collection this spring!

Coming in May!”

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The Recall Premiere Date Announced at CinemaCon 2017: Press Release: "Announced today by star Wesley Snipes at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Minds Eye Entertainment’s sci-fi
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Microsoft’s Plan To Stagger Xbox One Releases Led To Quantum Break Delay, Says Remedy

Had Microsoft and developer Remedy stuck to the original release plan, Quantum Break would have launched late last year for Xbox One – before eventually making the jump to PC.

Alas, on the eve of release, Remedy Creative Director Sam Lake has outlined the reasons behind the postponement, stating that Microsoft’s desire to stagger major Xbox One releases ultimately led to pushing Quantum Break out of 2015.

Speaking to McV UK, Lake noted that “Quantum Break was delayed to 2016 because Microsoft wanted to stagger out its lineup of big games. It was looking at its portfolio of upcoming games and [was] feeling that it would be foolish to have all of these bigger games come out at the same time, essentially fighting among themselves for the audience.”

It’s not surprising, really, considering that the latter stages of 2015 heralded the release of Halo 5: Guardians, Rise of the Tomb Raider and other heavy-hitters,
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Remedy Entertainment Says Alan Wake 2 Is Still A Possibility

Despite currently being fully focused on the release of third-person shooter Quantum Break, developer Remedy Entertainment haven’t ruled out ever doing an Alan Wake 2 in the future.

In fact, if studio boss Sam Lake’s interview with Eurogamer is anything to go by, it sounds like a sequel to the original Alan Wake is something the studio would love to do, and that talks are still being held with Microsoft over the matter.

I’ve been very open about our love for Alan Wake It’s an IP we own. As I said, as we’ve said, we’d love an opportunity to do more Wake. We’re obviously fully focussed on Quantum Break, but we’re always prototyping things on the side, bouncing around ideas.

When asked about a video released showing footage of a prototype sequel to Alan Wake, Lake said:

There’s a lot of behind
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Xbox One And PC Shooter Quantum Break Has Gone Gold

It’s official: Development on Quantum Break is now complete, with Remedy Creative Director Sam Lake taking to Twitter to announce that the Xbox One and PC shooter has gone gold ahead of its release early next month.

After rounding the final corner in January, not to mention pushing an extensive delay, the studio’s new sci-fi IP is finally ready for debut, leading Lake to crack open the champagne on behalf of the development team.

Gone Gold #QuantumBreak @remedygames pic.twitter.com/ClINo3dkv7

Sam Lake (@SamLakeRMD) February 19, 2016

Nowadays, the term gone gold doesn’t necessarily hold the same meaning that it once did, given that developers are often busy releasing patches and updates weeks and even months after launch. There’s also the question of dovetailing the story of Jack Joyce – Quantum Break‘s lead protagonist – with the narrative underpinning Microsoft’s planned live-action television series. Previous announcements
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Quantum Break Confirmed For Gamescom; Will Skip E3

Although it looks great and exists as one of Microsoft’s premiere exclusives, Quantum Break will not be shown at next week’s E3. It’s disappointing, especially for those of us who’d hoped to go hands-on with the much talked-about new IP, but it obviously wasn’t meant to be. Instead, the game will be showcased at Gamescom later this summer.

The above news comes to us from a Remedy Entertainment YouTube video, which celebrates the studio’s upcoming twentieth anniversary. In it, Creative Director Sam Lake speaks about the game and his company’s decision to skip E3 in favour of Gamescom. It’s said that, by doing so, they’ll be able to present the public with a demo on Gamescom’s show floor, although it’s unknown whether said preview will be playable or not.

Stay tuned for more information pertaining to Quantum Break, which
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Gameplay Footage Emerges Of The Alan Wake 2 That Never Was

Now that Remedy has all hands at the pump for time-bending Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break, hope of the studio cranking out an Alan Wake 2 has largely fizzled out since the release of the original survivor horror title in 2010. Half a decade later and the studio has finally provided some never-before-seen details relating to the sequel, including gameplay footage and detailing the reasons why the follow-up never hit the ground running despite the success of its forbearer.

During an extensive interview with Polygon, Creative Director Sam Lake recounted the studio’s initial plans for an Alan Wake 2 and how Remedy wanted to push ahead with a direct sequel shortly after the original 2010 release.

“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,” Lake explained. “We knew we would have to iterate and refine,
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Alan Wake 2 could still happen says Remedy

In a new interview, developer Remedy has revealed that a sequel to Alan Wake is still a "possibility"...

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, Finland's Remedy Entertainment has created some great games in its time, including the first two Max Payne games and the 2010 survival horror, Alan Wake.

Remedy's now working on Quantum Break, its third-person shooter for the Xbox One which also marries up to a live-action TV series. After that, the studio's creative director Sam Lake has revealed to Polygon, Remedy could be starting work on a sequel to Alan Wake.

“We are in a place where we are starting to look into the future and starting to have discussions about what is next,” Lake said. “Among other things, we are discussing the possibility of an Alan Wake sequel with multiple partners, but nothing has been decided. I would love to do that. It feels that time has
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Xbox One Exclusive Quantum Break Slips To 2016

In accordance with previous reports, Microsoft Studios has today confirmed that Remedy’s time-shifting, third-person shooter Quantum Break has been delayed into 2016.

Previously tethered with a nebulous 2015 release window, that lack of updates from both parties led many to question whether the Xbox One exclusive would make its original due date. However, we know now that this isn’t to be, and Microsoft Studios released the following statement explaining the postponement.

“With so many Xbox One games launching this year, moving Quantum Break to 2016 extends our incredible portfolio into next year with a monster new IP,” said Shannon Loftis, Head of Publishing at Microsoft Studios.

“We’re really proud to be part of the incredible Xbox One line-up,” said Sam Lake, Creative Director at Remedy. “We thank our fans for their patience, and want them to know that the team is taking advantage of this opportunity to polish and fine
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"Quantum Break" Delayed Until 2016

Microsoft Studios and Remedy Entertainment have announced that their in-development game "Quantum Break" has been delayed from a late 2015 release to an unspecified 2016 date.

The project, from the creators of "Alan Wake," combines a cinematic action game with a live-action TV show to unfold its story about Jack Joyce , a man desperately struggling to prevent the end of time which the villainous corporation Monarch Solutions seems to be intent on creating.

The actions you take in the game reportedly impact how the story across both the game and the show unfolds.

Remedy's Creative Director Sam Lake says in a statement: "We’re really proud to be part of the incredible Xbox One line-up. We thank our fans for their patience, and want them to know that the team is taking advantage of this opportunity to polish and fine tune the game to create the kind of standout entertainment experience they
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Gamescom: Quantum Break's Gameplay Demo Stops Time and Blows Minds

In the middle of a very impressive press conference from Microsoft, Sam Lake of Remedy Entertainment gave Xbox owners their first look at one of the console’s most intriguing exclusives, Quantum Break.

In Quantum Break you play as Jack Joyce, and due to a failed time travel experiment, you are now imbued with the ability to control time. Lake describes the game as “time amplified, action gameplay.” Take note, sci-fi fans.

At its core the gameplay breaks down to being a third person shooter, but added to the action is the fact that Jack can slow down time and even use his ability to stop bullets. This game is clearly walking in the path once blazed by Max Payne.

But the failed experiment had averse effects beyond Jack. Time itself is now rifting and stopping at certain intervals. Developers call the phenomena “stutters.” The game's big bad, Monarch Solutions,
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Gamescom 2014 – Quantum Break gets 8 minute gameplay trailer

Quantum Break, one of the Xbox One’s most talked about exclusives, received an 8 minute gameplay reveal trailer today at Gamescom – as had been promised back at E3 – and we have it for you below…

The graphics are immediately stunning, with gorgeous textures, beautiful lighting and some really, really impressive visual effects. The game is being developed by Remedy Entertainment, known for their previous game, Alan Wake. In the demonstration, the main character, Jack Joyce, is forced to cross a bridge crawling with enemies. The events lead up to a terrible pile-up, which is hard-hitting and graphic – the time freezing aspects of the game only helping to reinforce the devastation.

Joyce has access to a myriad of special, time-related abilities. He can freeze the vicinity around him, or merely focus it on an individual. The game is actually very impressive – for instance, shooting bullets into that frozen space around an
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Mediums Collide In New Trailer For Quantum Break; Due For Release in 2015

Remedy Entertainment’s third-person shooter Quantum Break has been confirmed for a 2015 release, the studio announced today.

In a brief video outlining the scope of the Xbox One exclusive, which is set to blur the line between action gameplay and cinematic experiences, the game’s creative director Sam Lake touched upon Quantum Break’s unique selling point.

“The game is about heroes. The show is about villains. In the game, you play Jack Joyce in a desperate fight to stop the fracture that threatens to cause the end of time. In the show, in the style of an edgy modern TV series, you follow the schemes and power play inside Monarch, the corporation that’s Jack’s main enemy.”

While the above footage only offers around thirty seconds of new, in-game footage, Remedy hinted that it plans to reveal a substantial chunk of the time-bending title during Microsoft’s presentation at Gamescom this coming August.
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Quantum Break Coming to Gamescom, New Gameplay Revealed

Officially revealed at last year's E3, Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft have revealed a new video for their upcoming game Quantum Break, from the creators of Max Payne and Alan Wake. In the video, creative director Sam Lake reveals they'll be debuting Quantum Break's signature, time-amplified gameplay at Gamescom later this summer instead of E3, but he goes on to show some new footage from the game which you can check out in the player below.
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TV: First Look at Adrianne Palicki on ‘About a Boy’ in Stills from Episode 1.06

With Dakota (Leslie Bibb) taking a “nomadic year,” we knew it couldn’t be long before a new woman drew the eye of ladies man Will (David Walton). In the first stills released from “About a Boy” episode 1.06, we have our first glimpse of Adrianne Palicki, joining the show as Dr. Sam Lake, a doctor who cares for Marcus (Benjamin Stockham) and attracts his manchild buddy. Judging by these stills, Will certainly manages to work his charm well enough to get a date out of Sam, but will this new relationship last? Well, she will recur on the freshman sitcom [...]

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The State of Xbox: 24 remarks on Microsoft's E3 presentation

The State of Xbox: 24 remarks on Microsoft's E3 presentation
1. The videogame industry trends brash and macho. This is partially because the industry spent most of the last decade making hilarious billions of dollars, and partially because the industry mostly constitutes a gigantic dude-frat of workaholic nerds. Of the three major videogame companies right now, none is brasher or more macho than Microsoft. Their Xbox became a powerhouse off the back of games like Halo and Gears of War and Left 4 Dead and infinite Calls of Duty played on the robust Xbox live system. It’s difficult to generalize about consoles — or at least, the consoles not designed by
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Microsoft E3 2013: The Games of the Xbox One

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Fortunately, Microsoft kept to their promise with their E3 Press Conference this morning, in that most of what they discussed and showed off were games. There were quite a few games shown off in a short amount of time so we've got all the official info on the games in one convenient spot for you (including trailers, synopsis, and our thoughts).

At their press conference this morning, Microsoft showed demos of many games coming to the Xbox One which is set to release in November of this year at a $499 price point. Here is a quick breakdown of all of the games shown and my first impression of each one.

Xbox One Exclusives

Ryse: Son of Rome

Release Date: November – Xbox One Launch Title

Shown at E3: Gameplay & Trailer

Studio: Crytek

Previous Games: Crysis (Series), Far Cry (Series)

Ryse is a third person action-adventure story that immerses players in
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E3 2013: Watch Spike TV’s Live E3 Coverage Right Here

Spike TV is returning to E3 this year as the exclusive broadcast partner, and they have a huge line-up of gaming coverage slated over the course of the first two days of the show. From interviews with industry heavy-hitters like Nintendo’s Reggie Fils-Amie and Shigeru Miyamoto, Peter Molyneux, and Microsoft’s Phil Spencer to exclusive game previews for hotly anticipated games like “Call of Duty: Ghosts,” “Killzone: Shadows Fall,” and “Assassins Creed IV.” Plus stick around for press conferences from Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft, and Sony.

Hit the jump for the full schedule, and to watch the live stream, hosted by Gttv’s Geoff Keighley, starting today at noon.

Monday, June 10

11:50 Am Et / 8:50 Am Pt - Xbox Pre-show With Exclusive Reveals!

E3 stars early on Spike and Gt as we kick off our coverage from our new studio at L.A. Live in Los Angeles. Our countdown to
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Humble Bundle Offers Up Alan Wake Series and Remedy Discusses Possibility of a Sequel

In a new video Remedy's Creative Director Sam Lake discusses the possibility of a sequel in the Alan Wake series as well as a special reward for fans. Also, this week Humble Bundle is offering up huge discounts on the games in the series with some of the profits going to charity.

From the Press Release:

The Humble Weekly Sale features a new deal every week. Be sure to jump on this amazing offer before it’s gone! This week, pay whatever you want for Remedy Entertainment’s Alan Wake: Collector’s Edition and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare. This awesome compilation comes with a whole boatload of extras including developer commentary videos, an illustrated Pdf book, and the Alan Wake soundtrack. You’ll also get loads of extras, including some never before seen material, such as original Alan Wake screenplays, comic books, an extended collection of concept art and photos,
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