Alan Wake didn’t exactly fly off the shelves when it was released in 2010. In fact, it only moved about 145,000 units in the first two weeks after its release.
To put that into perspective, GTA V sold 11.21 million copies and made $800M in the first 24 hours after its release. But according to Matias Myllyrinne, CEO of Remedy Entertainment, Alan Wake has now surpassed 4.5M units sold. While that’s not quite eleven million, it’s still a pretty fair feat; especially considering that the company has a bit less clout than Rockstar Games.
— Matias Myllyrinne (@MausRMD) March 25, 2015
Remedy’s game follows the titular character, a best-selling author, as he spends some time on holiday to combat the writer’s block that has been plaguing him for the past two years. Upon his arrival, however, dark events begin to transpire that result in: shadowy creatures, a manuscript with Alan’s name on it that he doesn’t remember writing (no psychological thriller would be complete without a bout of amnesia), and the FBI suspecting Alan of murder. There are some other important twists and turns, and a couple unimportant ones – like finding out that this town must have an embargo on Duracell, because it is absolutely filled with Energizer batteries.
While Alan Wake may not have flown off the shelves on launch, it’s still a perfectly fun game. Nic Bunce took a late look at the game last year, and was impressed, although he didn’t find it very frightening. “On the whole, Alan Wake is an incredibly good game, with just enough flaws that the game is never wholly perfect. It’s atmospheric, but never terrifying. It has a great story, but some find the narration grating on the nerves,” Nic wrote in his Alan Wake Review.
“Either way, I would recommend it to anyone with a love of either horror or proper storytelling, and is one of my favorite games to date.”
It’s good news to hear that Alan Wake is still doing well so long after release, especially considering that it was the second-most pirated Xbox 360 game in 2010, hitting 1.1M illegal downloads. If Alan Wake 2 even becomes more than just a “possibility,” hopefully we don’t see the same trend.
Remedy’s next game is the Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break, a third-person sci-fi adventure set to launch later this year alongside a tie-in tv show. The developer says that events in the show will dictate events in the game, and vice-versa. There’s no firm release date yet, but you can expect that we’ll hear more about it at Microsoft’s E3 conference in June.