Alan Wake Remastered Developer Isn’t Happy With Its Revenue
According to developer Remedy Entertainment, sales of Alan Wake Remastered weren’t very strong. The long-running firm is responsible for many critically acclaimed video games, such as the first two Max Payne games, Quantum Break, Control, and both Alan Wake games. However, the company’s most recent offering seems to have fallen flat.
Epic Games funded and released a remaster of the original Alan Wake game following the highly praised Remedy Entertainment release Control, which immediately exposed its thematic connections to Alan Wake. The development of Alan Wake 2 is being supported by Epic as well; this game is meant to unify all of Remedy’s series under a single banner and provide a unifying story for them.
Launching Alan Wake Remastered was expected to keep the studio afloat so that it could continue working on its more complete current projects in the meanwhile, but the newest operational overview of the firm reveals, rather clearly, that the game is not doing well. It’s also worth noting that the unexpected release of Alan Wake Remastered on Switch is included in this category. The paper also mentions Alan Wake 2 and Codename Condor as its key external development costs and states that “Alan Wake Remastered and Crossfire did not produce royalties.”
It seems that Remedy was unable to acquire further money from the game’s publisher, Smilegate, after their CrossfireX efforts were met with very negative critical reception. However, Remedy assures us that none of the five titles it is working on right now will be scrapped. The cooperative multiplayer spinoff of Control, Codename Condor, and the remakes of the original two Max Payne games are both making good headway. Now in the proof-of-concept phase, Vanguard’s free-to-play game will launch with Alan Wake 2 sometime in 2023.
Even if development on all of Remedy’s other games seems to be proceeding well, low sales of Alan Wake Remastered may be a cause for worry. Still, the studio claims a 6.8% increase in income, so the problems may not be as severe as they first seem. Remedy is expected to recover during the next couple of years, given that the other programmes are making moderate progress.
The new report also reveals, curiously, that Remedy is trying to increase its steady income. While the plot of Alan Wake 2 is intriguing in its own right, Remedy’s Project Condor and Vanguard titles are thrilling for other reasons. In particular, if done well, the addition of live-service features has the potential to increase the studio’s long-term profitability and publisher interest.
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