Hey, remember when Microsoft said that Alan Wake was going to remain an Xbox 360 exclusive because, and I quote;
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.
Well, excuse me for a second while I indulge myself in typing an internet abbreviation that adequately represents my opinion on that statement both then, theoretically, and now, substantiated—lol.
The reason I am, ahem, loling is because of the following post by Aki Järvilehto, the executive Vice President of Remedy, over at their official boards;
We recouped our development and marketing expenses during the first 48 hours. And yes, we’re certainly very excited about PC.
You read that right. In just two days, the Alan Wake version that was a 100% confirmed to never exist made all of its money back. That is a pretty impressive feat, although it makes me incredibly curious as to what the costs actually were. I would assume there was a minimal risk in finally giving it the PC version Remedy originally planned on since it has benefited from nearly two years worth of press and some really great reviews, which is why I never truly understood the original intransigence on providing a PC port.
It is safe to say said intransigence was clearly on the publisher side of thingsas most odd decisions and problems seem to be in recent years. One thing a lot of people seem to forget is that Remedy were the developers of the Max Payne series, and both Max Payne games were released on the PC before they were released on the consoles. Even beyond that, from the moment it was announced in 2005 until the announcement of Xbox 360 exclusivity, Alan Wake was expected to be a Vista-Only PC release and was demonstrated as such. Remedy has always been a strong supporter of the PC market, so it is awesome to see Alan Wake sitting on the top of the Steam charts with Remedy publishing it themselves. Even more impressive is that it has sold so well despite being downloaded literally-not-memely over 9000 times on the torrent sites. Go figure.
For a shambling corpse that has been declared dead dozens of times for dozens of reasons, the PC market sure is looking sexy lately.