Alan Wake to arrive early in Europe

Xbox 360 exclusive Alan Wake is set to arrive in Europe a week early, Neowin has learnt via a report from Eurogamer. The psycological action thriller, developed by Remedy Entertainment, was not due to be released in Europe until May 21st.

Director of Xbox & Entertainment at Microsoft UK, Stephen McGill said in a press release, "Fans in the UK have been crying out to get their hands on Alan Wake since it was first announced and we're thrilled to be able to deliver it to them early."

In the much anticipated title, players will assume the role of best-selling crime writer Alan Wake. Suffering from writer's block, the writer goes to a small town where his wife disappears under mysterious circumstances.

The game will now be released in Europe on May 14th. The North American release of May 18th remains unchanged.

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Lol like any of you are actually going to buy it XD

They took it off cause of possible piracy issues only thing I could think of for any what reason they would pull such a stunt. I don't really think money has anything to do with it since they would've made more on multiple platforms like MW2.

Still anyone who wants to try the game and owns a ps3 or 360 will most likely buy it no matter what pc gamers have to say. Good thing I've bought my consoles long beforehand and am happy to finally play this early

woah wtf? since when is there no PC version? i could've sworn all through out the teasers and trailers, that there was supposed to be a PC version...did they nix it? I haven't kept super up to date on alan wake so maybe i missed it, but i was looking forward to this.

SirEvan said,
woah wtf? since when is there no PC version? i could've sworn all through out the teasers and trailers, that there was supposed to be a PC version...did they nix it? I haven't kept super up to date on alan wake so maybe i missed it, but i was looking forward to this.

It's 360 exclusive, with the PC version delayed until they get around to creating the mediocre console port for PC gamers.

Edited by neo158, Apr 9 2010, 1:26pm :

Aergan said,
Is my rock too effective? What the heck is Alan Wake?

A psycological action thriller, developed by Remedy Entertainment for Xbox 360.

Edited by Rob2687, Apr 8 2010, 6:36pm :

Rob2687 said,

A linear, psycological action thriller, developed by Remedy Entertainment exclusively for Xbox 360.

Corrected!!!!

GP007 said,

Deep story driven games are always linear. Big deal.

And yes, it's exclusive, cry more please.

I think I will, thanks, considering this game was PC exclusive until Microsoft decided to turn it into a mediocre console game.

... goes to a small town where his wife disappears under mysterious circumstances.

Silent Hill? lol
I guess this is good news for Europeans - I hear they often get games a lot later than North Americans for whatever reason.

You have got to be joking me. This is an insult to PC gamers. What kinda crap are they trying to pull off, they show off fancy DX10, advanced graphics and then immediately backstab the PC gaming community who eagerly awaited the release. I guess they weren't able to pull off all that fancy stuff with changeable/dynamic weather or whatever and now have something to blame. They can blame consoles and say that it hasn't got the power to run what they wanted to achieve. Ha, this should've been announced as vaporware instead of becoming an immediate embarrassment. Guess someones gotta pay the bills.

Billus said,
Guess someones gotta pay the bills.

And that someone is Microsoft. Microsoft obviously paid them for this to become a Xbox 360 exclusive and will problably pay them to make it a Games for Windows Live thing...

alfaaqua said,

And that someone is Microsoft. Microsoft obviously paid them for this to become a Xbox 360 exclusive and will problably pay them to make it a Games for Windows Live thing...

Riiiiight, because MS can just force a game developer to make a game exclusive with some large sum of money. Man, wonder why more big name games haven't gotten turned into 360 exclusives yet.

Get real. Remedy couldn't get the game done on it's own, all the original delays since now, needed money, and decided to go with MS (could've went with some other publisher but obv someone else didn't want it) and MS paid to finish it.

I'd rather get a game, even on a console, instead of no game at all because i'm a bitter PC gamer.

Riiiiight, because MS can just force a game developer to make a game exclusive with some large sum of money. Man, wonder why more big name games haven't gotten turned into 360 exclusives yet.

Since MS is the publisher of the game yes they can.

Edited by LaP, Apr 8 2010, 4:50pm : Quote

Billus said,
You have got to be joking me. This is an insult to PC gamers. What kinda crap are they trying to pull off, they show off fancy DX10, advanced graphics and then immediately backstab the PC gaming community who eagerly awaited the release. I guess they weren't able to pull off all that fancy stuff with changeable/dynamic weather or whatever and now have something to blame. They can blame consoles and say that it hasn't got the power to run what they wanted to achieve. Ha, this should've been announced as vaporware instead of becoming an immediate embarrassment. Guess someones gotta pay the bills.

Sad day that GAMERS are more concerned with visual effects than, you know, actual gameplay.

thommcg said,

Sad day that GAMERS are more concerned with visual effects than, you know, actual gameplay.

Although from what I've seen of Alan Wake, the gameplay is nothing to shout about either.

thommcg said,

Sad day that GAMERS are more concerned with visual effects than, you know, actual gameplay.

neo158 said,

Although from what I've seen of Alan Wake, the gameplay is nothing to shout about either.

+1

Didn't look that special, run, duck and hide under a bridge from the cops. The game was mostly about its advanced visuals. The storyline/gameplay was not exactly shown to the public in the preview videos.

I'd rather kill another round of The Witcher, Mass Effect or Half Life if I want to play a game for its story and gameplay.

Edit: I always thought this game was a PC exclusive, especially when Microsoft decided to use this to showcase DX10. The 360 doesn't even do DX10!

Edited by Billus, Apr 8 2010, 11:37pm :

LaP said,

Since MS is the publisher of the game yes they can.

MS wasn't the publisher from the start. But you're right, and I agree, if they are and if they're the ones paying Remedys bills to get the project done they have conditions. Money isn't handed out without strings, this is a business not a charity.