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.