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Avatar ImageAlan Wake Cancelled For PC
By: | February 12th, 2010
News |PC |X360

This is possibly the saddest news of the week. Remedy Entertainment, those behind PC stalwarts Max Payne and its sequel, have decided that Alan Wake will no longer be coming to PC. In an announcement made by a Microsoft spokesperson yesterday, it was revealed that the game would instead be exclusive to the Xbox 360 system, making for a more “compelling” experience.

Given that PC gamers have now been waiting for the game for five years, this is sure to come as something of a blow – especially when you consider that they made the announcement just a few months before the game is due to release. Read on for the full quote from Microsoft.

“Some games are more suited for the intimacy of the PC, and others are best played from the couch in front of a larger TV screen. We ultimately realised that the most compelling way to experience “Alan Wake” was on the Xbox 360 platform, so we focused on making it an Xbox 360 exclusive. Both Microsoft and Remedy have long histories in PC game development. This decision was about matching this specific game to the right platform.”

Alan Wake is due to release on the Xbox 360 on May 18th 2010.

  1. I had always planned on playing it on the 360 anyway. I suspect I wouldn’t even come close to the PC requirements on my laptop.

  2. Not surprised; PC gaming is on its way out.

  3. They’ve been saying that for years, Chris. It’s sad that they couldn’t have announced this when they announced the release date. This just got people’s hopes up.

  4. Am I the only one who thinks Microsoft’s excuse is total BS? Maybe it’s just me, but I thought a “psychological action thriller” would be a perfect fit for “the intimacy of the PC.” I mean isn’t an intimate experience what makes a thriller thrilling?

  5. I just cried a bit inside. This “was” one of the few titles I was anticipating this year for the PC.

    • avatar Jannah

      You should get the xbox 360 elite if you want more stoagre and HD.Its better than the PS3 because the xbox 360 has some stuff that the PS3 doesn’t have like the games or the type of audio.The best game i think right now is Call Of Duty 4 or Halo 3 for the xbox 360.The microsoft points you have to buy at a store like Gamestop or Wal-mart or any store that sells games.You also have to buy like memberships like a 1 year kind that cost $49.99 but there are different kind of memberships like the 3-month or 1-month.Xbox live is when you get to play with other people around the country or world.You also get to send messages.Xbox 360 has achievements for each game that you can get.The one difference that i know is that the playstation network is free .But i still play my xbox 360. I hope this helped.

  6. It’s just an excuse to get more people onto consoles, really. The game would have been perfectly fine on PC, but I can’t say I don’t blame them. PC piracy rates are through the roof when compared to console piracy rates.

    That’s not to say it doesn’t happen, but the ratio just stacks against the PC.

  7. Actually Ashley, Modern Warfare 2 was pirated a ton more on the Xbox 360 than it was on the PC. I was pretty shocked when I read that bit of a news a couple of weeks ago.

    I honestly never even considered that Alan Wake would be released on the PC, so no big deal.

    • avatar Tanaka

      if its only the one game, then its just the disk, but if its your xbox try putting it in a place where it gets more air cilotrauicn cause as you know that thing can get pretty hot. If it still does help, get a keyboard dust cleaner aerosol can and spray the crap out of the inside of the xbox, and if that still doesn’t help, hopefully you still have it under warranty.

    • avatar Vanessa

      My guess would be yes. Microsoft has spent a lot of time and money building up the Xbox name. It’s like Sony and their Playstation brand name. Everyone knows what a Playstation is, even if they don’t alwyas know that it’s a Sony product.What will Microsoft name their next console, I don’t know. I’m still a bit confused why they chose “360″. Would that mean that the next console will be named “Xbox 720″? Sounds like a skateboard trick to me

  8. Even though I planned on playing this on 360 the entire time, I agree entirely with what Alex said.

  9. That’s really interesting, Shawn. I would have never guessed that. I know MW2 for PC did receive a massive amount of piracy and it’s still going on today. I wonder how console and PC piracy taper off after time.

  10. I guess 360 owners now have that much more of an incentive for 2010; at the expense of cutting off the patient PC gamers

  11. avatar kray28

    PC Gaming “has been on the way out” for years now…yet it’s still here, and good developers are still making great games for it. Right now, my Steam cue is brimming with games I have yet to play.

    It’s not even a niche market either….as even 2-3 year PCs can easily outres and outframe anything on the 360 or the PS3. Since multi-platform releases aim for the console lowest common denominator…even old PCs can run games like Mass Effect 2 easily at high quality and higher than 360 resolutions, in addition to better textures.

    If Alan Wake doesn’t come to the PC (I didn’t expect it to since last year based on them saying they were focusing development on the 360), I simply won’t buy it. Pretty simple, huh? It’s their loss. There are too many good games out there for me to really care.

    • avatar Anonymous

      YEAH i know what u mean the sad thing is that i just found out today!!!!! (sigh) i been waiting fo this game for a long long time!

  12. avatar Follow the money

    Of course Microsoft paid the developer money to keep this off the PC. Notice the price for the game on the xbox – $79 !!!!!! On a PC this would have gone for around 50 bucks (the typical price for a triple a title on a PC).

    In the end, Microsoft and the developer will LOSE money. They will make a fast buck quick, but with all the other platforms out there, the WII, the PS3 and the PC, they are shutting themselves into a corner.

    The xbox 360 is YEARS old, and is lightyears behind the technology in a PC (6 cores, 12 processing streatms) and the mighty Nvidia GX 480.
    With full directx 11 support including hardware testulation.

    It’s a big financial mistake and hurts gaming on all platforms.

  13. avatar Cloud

    People since we got pretty much completely screwed over,so exepect them to do the same on Max Payne 3

  14. avatar Ingenuity always finds a way, If the MS people think that they can curb piracy by making the game an exclusive for Xbox, they have another thing coming, Xbox can be cracked and wait for the torrents, TPB is back after just one day offline. As for me I alw


    • avatar Basukinath

      4 all of? u fanboys out there u no there is at least one game on the other syetsm u want to play u just dont want to admit it k i have a ps3 and i would get and xbox so i can play mi ass off on the forza motor sports series.

  15. avatar dumpty

    whatever, if i can’t play it on my pc i will definitely not play it on some crappy blurry clunky outdated “xbox”, plenty of good games for pc, so screw you guys I’m going alt+home. ^_^

  16. avatar

    Alan wake cancelled for pc.. Outstanding :)

  17. avatar S.T.H.U gamerlimit go die with ur shitty console....


  18. avatar Alfredo

    First of all, I personally think that Xbox 360 elite is beettr because of the bigger hard drive and that I download a lot of stuff. And it is beettr than PS3 because it has a beettr online games and online features, also a new update is coming to the xbox making the dashboard look even beettr. Also if you want to hook it up to the internet you either buy a wireless Xbox live adapter, or get an Ethernet cable and plug it directly into the router. The best game is probably either Gears of War, Halo 3 or Call of Duty 4 (COD4) . To get Microsoft points you have to buy them in a game store and you can use to get loads of things, you get additional content with them and get loads of extras with them. And finally Xbox Live is were you can play with your friends or people across the globe.

  19. avatar Jeewan

    no his TV is fine, the picture on some TVs looks like that when you film it for some rsaeon.(I have seen it first hand when attempting to shoot a tutorial video with the cheap camera on my cell phone yet my tv works fine.)

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