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Alan Wake PC Cancelled; X360 More Compelling

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Another snub for the PC.

Remedy Entertainment, the developers behind the superlative first two Max Payne games, has been working on Alan Wake for at least the last five years. The release is almost upon us, with a date set for the Xbox 360 version this May.

Sadly, there will never be a release date for the once-hoped PC version as Microsoft has confirmed that it's been cancelled.

A Microsoft spokesperson said to Strategy Informer:

Some games are more suited for the intimacy of the PC, and others are best played from the couch in front of a larger TV screen. We ultimately realised that the most compelling way to experience "Alan Wake" was on the Xbox 360 platform, so we focused on making it an Xbox 360 exclusive. Both Microsoft and Remedy have long histories in PC game development. This decision was about matching this specific game to the right platform.

While we respect the artistic vision of the skilled folk at Remedy, we can't help but feel that those with gaming-capable HTPC setups linked to HDTVs (with nearby couches) are feeling a little left out.

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    crinzema , February 13, 2010 1:16 AM
    Well, i guess there's one more game I won't be interested in anymore.
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    metalfellow , February 13, 2010 1:07 AM
    I can't help but think their reason: "We ultimately realised that the most compelling way to experience "Alan Wake" was on the XBox 360 platform"
    ...means something like "we are worried that the game will be less than expected and releasing it on the PC would result in more piracy than the XBox."

    It is probably that the hardware scene in the PC world has drastically changed since development started while the Xbox is largely unchanged and that may of prompted various issues of compatibility or performance.

    There have been 2 versions of Windows since the development started....
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    ravewulf , February 13, 2010 2:42 AM
    How hard is it to make a PC version when there is already an Xbox version? Xbox 360 is based off of DX9 after all...
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    metalfellow , February 13, 2010 1:07 AM
    I can't help but think their reason: "We ultimately realised that the most compelling way to experience "Alan Wake" was on the XBox 360 platform"
    ...means something like "we are worried that the game will be less than expected and releasing it on the PC would result in more piracy than the XBox."

    It is probably that the hardware scene in the PC world has drastically changed since development started while the Xbox is largely unchanged and that may of prompted various issues of compatibility or performance.

    There have been 2 versions of Windows since the development started....
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    crinzema , February 13, 2010 1:16 AM
    Well, i guess there's one more game I won't be interested in anymore.
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    Thesmj , February 13, 2010 2:07 AM
    Didn't this get announced months ago?
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    m-manla , February 13, 2010 2:31 AM
    Man another game cancelled on PC. To me though, I want to build a HTPC that will have a good GPU for gaming. I rather play on a big TV (with controllers) rather than at my computer desk.
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    weedface , February 13, 2010 2:34 AM
    couldn't care less, this game was one i was not interested in
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    ravewulf , February 13, 2010 2:42 AM
    How hard is it to make a PC version when there is already an Xbox version? Xbox 360 is based off of DX9 after all...
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    Sicundercover , February 13, 2010 2:42 AM
    Meh I was excited about this game 4 years ago but I had assumed this game was canceled a year ago. This was one of the early announces for DX10 and that has come and gone.

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    fpsdominator , February 13, 2010 2:49 AM
    Well, I thought this game looked as boring as hell anyway. so whatever
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    kschewe , February 13, 2010 2:52 AM
    speak for yourself MS. I use a 40" lcd for my monitor for gaming pc 1080p
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    Anonymous , February 13, 2010 2:59 AM
    "best played from the couch in front of a larger TV screen." I have my Xbox hooked up to the same 26" monitor my pc is hooked up to, so their argument really doesn't apply to me at all. I do agree that they are worried about pirates, but xbox games are pirated too. Just another game that pc gamers will miss out on, but we'll be busy playing other games so why bother complaining.
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    jednx01 , February 13, 2010 3:06 AM
    That is the stupidest excuse that I've ever heard of....
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    curnel_D , February 13, 2010 3:10 AM
    I've been following this game since 2006. This game is what originally had me hyped about DX10. If Remedy wants to just bend over and take this standing, then they deserve the broken hips. I won't bother buying anything Remedy again.
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    touchdowntexas13 , February 13, 2010 3:11 AM
    soldier37Should cancel the crapbox is what should happen, outdated kiddie garbage!


    Dude, is there a bigger fanboy out there? Maybe you aren't even a fanboy, but just a 360-hater.

    It's funny because you use the same 2 phrases every time.
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    curnel_D , February 13, 2010 3:27 AM
    touchdowntexas13Dude, is there a bigger fanboy out there? Maybe you aren't even a fanboy, but just a 360-hater.It's funny because you use the same 2 phrases every time.

    That aside, the current Gen of Consoles is way outdated. It's basically keeping PC gaming stuck in the stone ages of DX9. Hell, the ATI graphics powering the 360 is literally 6 hardware generations behind.

    Fanboys are usually the first to walk up to the pissing line, but he "is" right.
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    jurassic1024 , February 13, 2010 5:02 AM
    I wonder if they will say later it was canceled for fear of piracy? Five years in development is a long time to ignore the PC. It's sad that Microsoft is on board with Remedy. I guess XBOX is more important than Windows. Or making their money back on the XBOX is more important. A fail either way. The more this is allowed to happen without some serious backlash from us, the more developers are gonna follow. Today is a dark day for PC gamers. These are big name titles getting scrapped for some pos console. I hope Alan Wake is a bust and gets a 6.5/10 rating across the web.
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    distortion , February 13, 2010 5:46 AM
    We've been promised this one for all of 3 years now.. great time to back out.
    Epic fail, Remedy. EPIC fail.
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    barmaley , February 13, 2010 6:22 AM
    "Some games are more suited for the intimacy of the PC, and others are best played from the couch in front of a larger TV screen."

    What a load of BS! Most people have DVI connectors on their video cards. Well, get yourself a $6 adapter to turn that into HDMI, if you don't already have one. Then, a wireless XBox controller for windows or wireless Logitech Rumblepad. Ta-Dam! You are gaming on the couch in front of a larger TV screen.

    If you make an excuse, at least make a viable one !
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    papasmurf , February 13, 2010 7:54 AM
    Oh yeah I forgot, pc gaming is dead. I wish I had remembered that before dropping 300 bucks on a 5850 - I coulda bought a xbox 360 and a case of beer
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    th_at , February 13, 2010 8:39 AM
    Ah, that brings back memories.
    Tears open the old wound from when Microsoft a$$raped me and so many others by buying Bungie and making "Halo" X-Box-exclusive. Sure, we got sloppy seconds two years later but it just wasn't the same.
    So I guess we can expect Alan Wake on the PC at some point. But since the X-Box basically froze hardware requirements for video games in 2005/2006 it's gonna be a long time until MS feels the game is outdated enough.
    They must feel really secure about having the PC-OS-market locked in that they trample on the very foundation of that monopoly, DirectX-based gaming.
    If I wasn't so lazy I'd start using Linux right now or if I had the money I'd get myself an iMac with beautiful factory calibrated yellow tint.
    So I'm once again left to only loathe Microsoft.
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