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Ships Ahoy - PC Alan Wake

The Alan Wake Website announces the PC edition if Alan Wake is now available on Steam, where the Collector's edition is available for the standard edition price, offering the soundtrack from Remedy's psychological thriller along with all its DLC, an offer that's good until a week from today (and is also available through Impulse Driven). Here's an overview of the game:

When the wife of the best-selling writer Alan Wake disappears on their vacation, his search turns up pages from a thriller he doesn’t even remember writing. A Dark Presence stalks the small town of Bright Falls, pushing Wake to the brink of sanity in his fight to unravel the mystery and save his love.

Presented in the style of a TV series, Alan Wake features the trademark Remedy storytelling and pulse-pounding action sequences. As players dive deeper and deeper into the mystery, they’ll face overwhelming odds, plot twists, and cliffhangers. It’s only by mastering the Fight With Light combat mechanic that they can stay one step ahead of the darkness that spreads across Bright Falls.

With the body of an action game and the mind of a psychological thriller, Alan Wake’s intense atmosphere, deep and multilayered story, and exceptionally tense combat sequences provide players with an entertaining and original gaming experience.

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36. Re: Ships Ahoy - PC Alan Wake Feb 17, 2012, 12:29 Jerykk
Yes, Microsoft has an enormous amount of money, but not because they spend it stupidly, and the people at Microsoft responsible for overseeing Remedy do not have access to all that money.

Ahem. MS has a track record of throwing away money in an attempt to hurt the competition. That's why they pay top dollar for timed (usually for a month) exclusivity. Remember the GTA4 DLC? $50 million for timed exclusivity. I imagine they're paying something similar for CoD DLC timed exclusivity. Probably a little less for Skyrim DLC timed exclusivity. And you know all those ads for multiplatform games that show the Xbox logo at the end and make no mention of PS3 or PC? That costs MS money as well.

The money dried up and Remedy cut the PC version because they did not have enough cash to complete both.

That's not how it works. Developers don't get to decide which SKUs to cut. That's a publisher decision. They fund the game and they decide which platforms it gets released on. MS cut the PC SKU because they wanted the game to be an Xbox exclusive. It's as simple as that. Hell, the only reason it was ever even announced for PC in the first-place was because development started before the X360 was released. If it had started later, it would have been an X360 exclusive to begin with.

This comment was edited on Feb 17, 2012, 12:36.
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