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Alan Wake cinematic trailer to debut October 15th

The rumor was true! Developer Remedy will be debuting a new cinematic trailer for Alan Wake on October 15th at Finland's Max Payne movie premiere. For serious!

Finnish magazine Pelaaja just uploaded an exclusive interview with Alan Wake lead writer Sami Järven (recapped on the Alan Wake forums due to it being in Finnish) and informed us that a new Alan Wake cinematic trailer would debut during the Max Payne movie premier at the Finnkino movie theaters on October 15th. The trailer will only feature in-game cinematics and no actual gameplay, because Remedy is still holding their cards close to their chest. But, to hold you over for the next few weeks, Remedy released a screen-grab teaser from the upcoming Alan Wake cinematic trailer. Anyone excited to see what Remedy has been up to for the past 12 years?

Gallery: Alan Wake

Rumor: Alan Wake details headed our way this Fri.

Giving us a smidgen more proof that a new Alan Wake trailer will be debuting alongside the new Max Payne flick, comes videogaming247 and their two cents in regards to the rumor being legit. According to VG247 and their Finnish source, the new Alan Wake trailer rumor is "100 percent true" and they say that we'll learn more about the trailer goodness this Friday, October 3rd when the Finnish magazine Pelaaja will reveal additional details.

Again, we're skeptical, but are becoming increasingly interested in the possibility of fresh Alan Wake news. How exciting!

Alan Wake trailer to debut during Finnish Max Payne movie premiere [update]

Update: This rumor is no longer a rumor, because it has just been confirmed to be real. Click here to learn more.

Here's an interesting rumor for you. Word on the Finnish streets (yes, Finnish streets) is that a new Alan Wake trailer will be debuting during Finland's movie premiere of Max Payne on October 17th. Because, you know, developer Remedy is based in Finland, so why wouldn't they debut the trailer in their home land. This delicious Alan Wake rumor comes from video game magazine Pelaaja who seems quite confident that this new Alan Wake trailer will be debuted in a few weeks. We're a bit more skeptical because, after all, it is Alan Wake. A game that has been M.I.A. for far too long.

[Via Crispy Gamer]

Max Payne film rated PG-13, DVD to include "Gamer" cut

Film director John Moore has won a hard fought battle with the Motion Picture Association of America to secure a PG-13 rating for the upcoming film, Max Payne -- based on the first and second games from Remedy.

Originally rated R by the MPAA, the director of the violent video game adaptation starring Marky Mark Wahlberg called the MPAA out saying the film was as intense as other summer blockbusters. Moore compared the situation to The Dark Knight, accusing the MPAA of sucking up to Warner Bros. when rating the comic adaptation, although Moore's choice of words were far more colorful. Of course the fight was based on dollars as Moore fought the R rating to secure a more financially viable PG-13 mark on the film which hits theatres on October 17.

Fans of the game will be happy to know that the original uncut vision will eventually see life on DVD in what Moore calls, the "Gamer Dedicated Cut."

But don't expect sunshine and rainbows now that Max Payne landed a PG-13 rating. "The movie you see in the theaters will be an intense experience and the movie you see on DVD will be as intense an experience with some extra sensibilities for people who really adore the game," Moore told GameDaily.

[via Shack News]

Remedy: Alan Wake still being worked on, admits dev has been difficult

"A small update" has just been posted over on the official Alan Wake forums by Remedy's own MikaRMD, aimed at giving everyone a secure, warm, fuzzy feeling that the dev team is still hard at work on Alan Wake. You know, just in case you thought it kicked the development bucket or something. Also, in their post, Remedy candidly mentions that with Alan Wake's development, "if everything had gone perfectly smoothly there probably would be a game out for you guys to play already." Going on to say that "designing a completely new game can be hard, and sometimes you need to take a detour to find the best route forward." In other words and to be frank, development of Alan Wake has been a b*tch!

[Via Shacknews]

Remedy: Alan Wake NOT confirmed for TGS

Last week, news surfaced surrounding a MSN Games sponsored promotion from 2007 that promised one lucky winner their digital likeness in an Alan Wake demo that was set to premier during the 2008 Tokyo Game Show. This of course nearly confirmed that a new Alan Wake trailer or demo would be shown at this year's TGS ... or so we thought.

The Remedy development team just confirmed via the official Alan Wake forums that the "promotion referring to TGS took place in 2007, and is old news" meaning that the MSN Games promotion "was not an announcement that Wake would be shown at TGS 2008." A statement that isn't a flat out denial that the game will make an appearance at TGS, but it's far from confirmation that we'll see anything Alan Wake later this year. And we were starting to actually buy into the idea that Alan Wake wasn't total vaporware. Humph.

[Via CVG]

Would You Rather ... Shipping Now Edition

In our continuing effort to bring you fresh and interesting content, X3F presents Would You Rather ... a weekly feature that asks you the hard questions. The point? If you had to choose one or the other, which would you go for?

This week in Would You Rather we're taking a look back at Microsoft Game Studios' 2008 Yearbook and wishing for a miracle. For a miracle to come. While the lineup looks rad, we're upset at the lack of info (or date!) for Alan Wake and Peter Jackson's mysterious Halo project.

So we got to thinking, if you had to pick one of them to hit store shelves this year which would you choose? The brand new IP from Remedy, Alan Wake or the "revolutionary" Peter Jackson Halo game?

Feel free to share the reasons for your vote in the comments. We'll share the results of the poll during the next edition of Would You Rather ... which hits X3F every Wednesday.

Last weeks WUR results can be find after the jump ... come in and check it out for free!

Continue reading Would You Rather ... Shipping Now Edition

2008 Yearbook: Microsoft Game Studios

After a solid year for the Xbox 360 in 2007 many thought the system could never showcase the same amount of quality exclusives in a single year.

In the 2008 Microsoft Game Studios Yearbook, we've compiled a list of this year's graduating class with a detailed account of each title's current status and the stories surrounding them.

From heartbreaking cancellations, surprise feature announcements and expected sequels, the 2008 MGS Yearbook is filled with fun facts and information on your soon-to-be favorite titles. Also included in the yearbook are special joke awards given to each title that releases in 2008 that poke fun at the details most commonly argued about in the comments.

From Ninja Gaiden II to Alan Wake, the 2008 Microsoft Game Studios Yearbook will have something for everyone.

Ladies and gentlemen allow us to introduce the 2008 Microsoft Game Studios graduating class ...

Spring Showcase no shows: Halo Wars and Alan Wake

Now that the onslaught of Spring Showcase information has mostly subsided (we've still got some hands-on impressions on the way), we have some time to reflect. There were many games on display at the Spring Showcase, which makes the absence of two of Microsoft's premiere titles stand out. The games about which we speak are Alan Wake and Halo Wars. While Alan Wake is perhaps less anticipated (thanks to its seemingly eternal development schedule and its status as a new IP), it's pretty strange that a high profile title like Halo Wars was absent. According to our friends at Joystiq, who spoke to Microsoft on the matter, the Spring Showcase wasn't considered the proper venue for the two games.

It's kind of hard to believe that an event designed around letting journalists try their collective hand at all the latest games isn't the right venue for these games (or any game, really). We suppose it's fair to say that Alan Wake -- a survival horror game -- might require more intimacy to appreciate, but Halo Wars? Perhaps Microsoft thought journos wouldn't be able to grasp the controls in the 30-45 minutes of playtime they were allowed.

Whatever the reason behind the decision to leave out two of Microsoft Games Studios' biggest titles from the Spring Showcase, we hope we'll see something soon. And we really hope that their absence doesn't portend any delays.

Microsoft: No Alan Wake release day yet

Since its reveal at E3 2005 action-thriller fans have been clamoring for more information on Alan Wake. Developed by Remedy, the team behind Max Payne, the PR camp has been quiet on new details for the title and today is no different. Speaking with Venture Beat, Microsoft's Shane Kim dissapointingly continued Alan's media blackout. "We haven't announced a firm date for Alan Wake." Kim added that Microsoft, who announced it would exclusively publish the title for Xbox 360 and PC at E3 2006, would set a release date for the title when it was ready.

With next to no new information released since 2006, is Alan Wake still on your radar?

[via Big Download]

Alan Wake on Oct. 1, so says Amazon

Alright fanboys, get our your spoons and scoop up a big dose of skeptical sauce, Amazon has pinned a release date on Alan Wake. Yes, that Alan Wake. The same Alan Wake that currently rests in a state of media blackout. The same Alan Wake that we knew hardly anything about before the media blackout. Amazon, in all its prescient wisdom, has slapped a release date of October 1 on the game and is accepting preorders. How much weight are we putting behind this date? Considering the circumstances (blackout, remember), we'd say we're hovering just above zero.

That said, Alan Wake is ostensibly a survival horror game, so an October release date would at least make sense ('cause of Halloween, get it?). We'll see.

[Thanks, th3th0mas]

Alan Wake media blackout will continue

Wow, rumors spec and general vagueness doesn't last long these days as we already have an update to the Alan Wake media blackout story we posted a few hours ago. Earlier, we reported that an Alan Wake "Super Moderator" said that the information and media blackout would be ending sometime soon, and we took it as if he knew some insider stuff. Well, that isn't the case. ADM, the forum tech director, jumped in to clear the air saying that the previous remarks are "not 'news' and we don't know when the media blackout is to end" and recommends to "be patient and when we do know something we will post it up at brightfalls.net or here. Don't read into comments too much." To be fair, Morry (the original news maker) did clarify his previous remarks calling it an "innocent comment".

So, there you have it. Nobody really knows the exact time-frame for when Microsoft or Remedy will unveil Alan Wake in all its glory. We have speculation, a few best guesses and in all reality, we should be getting some information soon if Alan Wake is still on track for a 2008 release. Our guess is E3 and we don't need a forum mod's approval to say that.

Alan Wake's media blackout should end soon

We're sure some of you are probably starting to think that the longtime announced, yet detail sparse Alan Wake has become vaporware by now. True, a 2008 release has been confirmed, but where are the informative bits and the huge media blowout? Well, according to a "Super Moderator" over on the official Alan Wake forums, all of our Alan Wake curiosities shall be fulfilled. Super mod Morry popped in a forum discussion about the lack of Alan Wake news in 2008 saying "Patience. The media "blackout" won't continue for too much longer." Hopefully our patience will hold strong, because we want to see what Remedy has created and we want to see now.

[Via NeoGAF]

New Alan Wake Screens and details

There were a couple new screenshots of Remedy's Alan Wake released, along with some new info. The psychological thriller's gameplay is going to be dependent on the weather and time of day, as the nightmarish creatures you face off against grow more powerful in the shadows. Coupled with the fact that the hours of daylight per day diminishes over time, so you're going to have to make use of your own light sources to help fend off baddies. The game is touted as being hyper-realistic, but so far the latest screenshots don't exactly hold up to that statement. You can be the judge after the break.

Continue reading New Alan Wake Screens and details

Alan won't Wake 'til 2008?

It looks like the long awaited Remedy title, Alan Wake, is about to become even longer awaited. TVG is reporting that the latest issue of OXM declares that Alan Wake won't hit retail shelves until 2008. The news is sure to upset all the fans who have received only occasional scraps about the game since it was first announced. It's really a shame, too, because the 360 is extremely short on survival horror titles. Here's hoping we see Silent Hill 5 before 2008.

Are you looking forward to Alan Wake even though we know next to nothing about it?

[Via Joystiq]

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