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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 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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XBLA Today: Alan Wake’s American Nightmare

After successfully launching the PC version of Alan Wake last week, Remedy turns their attention back to the Xbox 360 with this week’s addition to the Xbox Live Arcade: Alan Wake’s American Nightmare.

Priced at 1200 Microsoft Points ($15), American Nightmare should make fans of the original Alan Wake very happy:

In this brand new standalone experience, Alan Wake fights the herald of darkness, the evil Mr. Scratch! A thrilling new storyline, hordes of creepy enemies, serious firepower and beautiful Arizona locations, combined with a fun and challenging new game mode make this a must for Alan Wake veterans, and the perfect jumping on point for new players! Play the full-fledged Story Mode, and you’ll be on the edge of your seat as you fight to stop your murderous evil double to take back your life… and change reality itself! But there’s more to this nightmare – in the action-packed Arcade Mode, you’ll need to master the Fight with Light mechanic to stay alive until dawn and beat your friends on the Leaderboards. Can you survive until sunrise?

American Nightmare is the second game in this year’s XBLA House Party promotion. So remember, if you purchase all four House Party titles, you’ll receive a rebate of 800 Microsoft Points ($10).

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Warp will arrive first for the XBLA House Party on February 15

Before today, we knew that Microsoft planned to throw another ragin’ Xbox Live Arcade House Party and that it would begin on February 15.

Today we learned which order the party guests will arrive in and how much they’ll cost (the metaphor of the House Party being an actual party kind of breaks down at this point):

  • February 15: Warp (800 Microsoft Points)
  • February 22: Alan Wake’s American Nightmare (1200 Microsoft Points)
  • February 29: Nexuiz (800 Microsoft Points)
  • March 7: I Am Alive (1200 Microsoft Points)

As in years past, Microsoft plans to reward gamers who purchase every House Party title. This year, 800 Microsoft Points will be yours if you invite every House Party game into your home by March 13.

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Alan Wake, I Am Alive lead this year’s XBLA House Party

Toga! Toga! Toga! Toga! Break out the kegs and your finest bed linens, Microsoft is getting ready to hold another Xbox Live Arcade House Party this year.

While an official announcement is still forthcoming, Microsoft has added a House Party 2012 trailer to the XBL Marketplace highlighting this year’s games. The guests are a bit of a gloomy bunch, but futuristic warzones and darkness-based demons will do that to any life of the party:

  • Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, the downloadable continuation of Alan Wake’s battle against Mr. Scratch.
  • I Am Alive, the long-in-development post-apocalyptic game where you have to figure out how to survive “The Event.”
  • Warp, the story of a teleporting alien who is trying to escape from a government lab.
  • Nexuiz, a futuristic shooter taking place in a Victorian arena.

A start date for the 2012 House Party promotion wasn’t announced, but House Party 2011 ran from the middle of February through early March with one new release a week. I expect a release similar schedule this year.

And if you’re away from your Xbox, you can check out the trailer at Joystiq.

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Alan Wake’s American Nightmare story details, arcade mode revealed

A week after officially unveiling Alan Wake’s American Nightmare at the 2011 Spike TV Video Game Awards, Remedy has unveiled the first story details for the downloadable title. Staying true to their promise that it’s not Alan Wake 2, the developer confirmed that American Nightmare actually takes place in “Night Springs,” the fictional TV show from Alan Wake. And due to its “fictional” nature, the story is going to be taking a pulpy turn:

The main story mode in Alan Wake’s American Nightmare is part of the “Night Springs” TV show fiction and offers an exaggerated pulp action adventure where the horrors of reality have the all too easy habit of coming true. Alan Wake finds himself stuck in an altered reality filled with dangerous shadows; he must leap into action and pursue his evil doppelganger, Mr. Scratch, across the Arizona mesa towards the town of Night Springs. Scratch, a supernatural serial killer, has his evil plans set on Wake’s wife, Alice. Wake must learn to control reality itself and unravel the secret to Mr. Scratch’s demise while using the power of light to put an end to the darkness.

Remedy also announced the Fight Til Dawn arcade mode today. In Fight Til Dawn, players must “survive a full night of enemy onslaughts while racking up their score.” By loading up on weapons and using safe zones, players will have to survive the night and destroy as many demons as possible to write the highest score possible onto the game’s leaderboards.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare will be available exclusively as an Xbox Live Arcade download in early 2012.

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Spike TV VGAs: Alan Wake does his best Stephen King in American Nightmare

While the first game featured multiple allusions and callbacks to the horror master’s oeuvre, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare cranks up the Stephen King quotient with an evil doppleganger named Mr. Scratch and the same Americana theme that King loves to explore.

While not technically “Alan Wake 2,” the game will continue on from the first game’s ending as a standalone Xbox Live Arcade release. Alan Wake’s American Nightmare doesn’t have an official release date yet, but it’ll be available sometime in 2012.

You can view the full trailer after the break. (more…)

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Next Alan Wake coming to XBLA, won’t be “Alan Wake 2”

With the announcement that “the next Alan Wake” game would make an appearance at the 2011 Spike TV Video Game Awards, gamers got quite excited that they’d get a glimpse at Alan Wake 2. It looks like that won’t be the case as Remedy has revealed the next Alan Wake game will actually be a standalone Xbox Live Arcade title:

Fans, Alan Wake returns through Xbox Live Arcade! Follow on Monday for the first screenshot, and the 2011 Spike VGAs, December 10th, for more information on this Epic Adventure. Are you ready to become the Champion of Light?

While Remedy isn’t referring to the game as Alan Wake 2, they are doing their best to reassure fans that it’ll live up to the original. Rememdy CEO Markus Maki posted the following statement on the game’s official forum:

“If you’re thinking about this in terms of some kind of a, I don’t know, super simplified ‘we still use the name but changed everything about it’ version of Alan Wake, let me just say that this is not the case. That’s all I’m gonna say.”

So, no Alan Wake Kart Racing then?

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