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Quantum Break getting PC version, Xbox One System Bundle, and free copy of Alan Wake


Microsoft will continue to support gaming on Windows 10 this Spring with a simultaneous Xbox One/PC launch for Remedy’s Quantum Break on April 5. Best of all, everyone who digitally pre-orders the time-bending action game through the Xbox Games Store will receive a token to download the PC version for free.

Players who purchase Quantum Break on the Xbox One will also receive a download code for the Xbox 360 version of Remedy’s previous game, Alan Wake, and both of its downloadable expansions (The Signal and The Writer). Pre-ordering Quantum Break from participating retailers will also entitle players to an Xbox 360 download code for the action-oriented Alan Wake’s American Nightmare.

But what if you don’t own an Xbox One and your PC isn’t up to snuff? Then you might want to consider a Quantum Break System Bundle ($349), which will include a 500GB “Cirrus White” console, matching wireless controller, and full-game downloads of Quantum Break and Alan Wake.

Finally, Microsoft and Remedy also unveiled a new live-action trailer for Quantum Break today. In “The Cemetery,” protagonist Jack Joyce (Shawn Ashmore) begins to learn about the full extent of his powers as he mourns his brother (Dominic Monaghan). You can check out the video, along with game’s minimum and recommended system requirements, after the break. (more…)

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Remedy “in talks” to bring Alan Wake remake to Xbox One; Alan Wake 2 also a possibility

alanwakelogoRemedy Entertainment opened their doors to Polygon this week, and in addition to pulling back the curtain on an aborted prototype for Alan Wake 2, the studio also confirmed they’re “in talks” with Microsoft to produce a remake of Alan Wake for the Xbox One.

Remedy’s Chief Creative Officer, Sam Lake, said: “I would love that to happen. Nothing has happened yet, but we are discussing this possibility with Microsoft. I hope it happens, we’ll see.”

And for those interested in Alan Wake 2, don’t be scared off by the words “aborted prototype.” Lake also said that Remedy wants to return to the world of Alan Wake and may do so after development is completed on Quantum Break. The developer holds the rights to any sequel, so even if Microsoft isn’t interested, they could pitch it to other publishers or even take the game to Kickstarter:

“Ultimately, these things are business decisions,” Lake told Polygon. “We are definitely not ruling anything out and looking at different opportunities, but nothing is set in stone at the moment.”

Alan Wake was originally released for the Xbox 360 in 2010. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, an Xbox Live Arcade spinoff, was released in 2012.

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Remedy discounts Alan Wake Franchise on Steam, says “greater news to come in 2013”

alanwakelogoRemedy is looking ahead to a big 2013, but first they want to make sure everyone gets a good deal on the “Alan Wake Franchise” bundle on Steam. The bundle, which includes Alan Wake, the Alan Wake Extras DLC pack, and Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, has been priced at $19.99 (a 50% discount) through January 5.

The Facebook post announcing the sale also confirmed that the developer has “Even greater Remedy news to come in 2013” and Creative Director Sam Lake tweeted this message in the waning hours of 2012:

Lake himself stoked a few Alan Wake 2 rumors last year. Perhaps that’s what Remedy is up to or perhaps not. But it sounds like we’ll find out for sure very soon.

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Alan Wake coming to PC in February

Remedy has released an extensive FAQ for the PC version of Alan Wake that includes a release window, system requirements, control options, and plenty more.

The game will be released in February on Steam (sorry, Games For Windows Live users). No price has been established yet, but Remedy also revealed it’ll include both DLC expansions (The Signal and The Writer). Keyboard and mouse support will also be included, but those who want to plug in an Xbox 360 controller will be able to.

Finally, Remedy released the system requirements, which seem rather reasonable:

  • OS: Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7
  • Processor: Dual core processor required (AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2GHz)
  • Memory: 2 GB
  • Hard Drive: 8 GB
  • Video Card: DirectX 10 compatible or later with 512MB RAM
    • AMD: ATI Radeon 3650, 4450, 5550, 6450 or higher (per series)
    • Nvidia: GeForce 8600GT, 9500GT, GT120, GT430, GT520 (per series)
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
  • Input: Mouse and keyboard, Xbox360 controller also supported
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Alan Wake coming to PC in 2012

Remedy Entertainment has announced (or rather, reannounced) Alan Wake for the PC, scheduled to release in early 2012. These are the same developers responsible for the PC development of Death Rally and Max Payne 1 and 2, so it’s clear they’ve got the experience necessary.

This PC version will also include both downloadable expansions, The Signal and The Writer. This announcement comes as no surprise in the wake (see what I did there?) of last weekend’s VGA announcement detailing Alan Wake’s American Nightmare.

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The 2010-2011 Video Game Awards Season

Beginning with the Spike TV Video Game Awards in early December and culminating with last night’s BAFTA Games Awards, the 2010-2011 “video game awards season” has come to a close. And after four months of awards, acceptance speeches and arguments, we have a clearer picture of what really were the best games of the year.

The snobbier segments of the game community love to decry the Spike TV Video Game Awards as an embarrassment and not representative of the feelings of “real” gamers. Typically, the show’s world premiere trailers overshadow the actual awards themselves. But the event is spearheaded by Geoff Keighley of GameTrailers TV and the winners are voted on by a well-respected contingent of game journalists, so I guess it could be worse.

That said, this year’s Spike TV Video Game Awards “Game of the Year” was awarded to Rockstar’s epic western Red Dead Redemption. Keighley and company spread the love as the remaining major awards all went to other games: “Best PC Game” StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty; “Best PS3 Game” God of War III; “Best Wii Game” Super Mario Galaxy 2; “Best Xbox 360 Game” Halo: Reach; “Best Handheld Game” God of War: Ghost of Sparta; and “Best Downloadable Game” Costume Quest.

If Spike TV’s annual awards attempt to reach the mainstream, Time Magazine‘s top ten is the polar opposite, reaching into corners of the gaming world that are often ignored. This year’s selections are no different, including Alan Wake being awarded the #1 spot with iOS phenomenon Angry Birds at #2. The rest of the list was pretty typical, but the lack of Alan Wake’s spiritual twin, Heavy Rain, was the baffling part. Also, Limbo received its first love of the year-end awards with a sixth-place selection. (more…)

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