It is, to be clear, March 31. It is not yet April Fool’s Day. Bear that in mind as I tell you that one of the more reliable videogame industry insiders out there says that Remedy and Epic are entering into a deal to make Alan Wake 2. According to the report, this is part of a new effort from Epic to help fund the creation of new PC games from the ground up.
“I’ve heard that Remedy is going to be making Alan Wake 2 with Epic,” journalist Jeff Grubb says on a recent live stream, “and it should be the follow-up that fans of that series want. There was a bidding war [over Alan Wake], but Epic had the best publishing deal. So Alan Wake 2 seems like it’s coming. I don’t know exactly when they’ll announce it, but this is what I’ve heard.”
According to Grubb, Epic’s plans to finance new games in this way are a response to criticism over their previous strategy of buying exclusive distribution rights for games that were already near release. The idea is that a game like Alan Wake 2 might not otherwise get made if Epic’s not funding it, and thus they’ll have a more reasonable story to tell players about why these games are exclusive to the Epic Games Store.