This Sure Looks Like The Title Screen To The Next Alan Wake

Earlier today we got confirmation that the next Alan Wake will indeed be downloadable, and that more details will be revealed at the upcoming Spike Video Game Awards.

Back in May, Kotaku ran a rumor from the site XBLA Fans that the next Wake game would be called "Alan Wake's Night Springs," and that it would be downloadable. Today, the site posted (and sent in) the above off-screen image of the game's title screen. If the image is accurate (and nothing about the game has changed since May), it looks like the game will indeed be called Night Springs and will be episodic.

The "Arcade Action" option sticks out most to me, and makes me think of either some sort of scored "arcade" method of playing the campaign (similar to Gears of War 3) or a series of ranked standalone challenges. The "Unlock Full Game" option is consistent with the rumour that the game will be episodic. That format makes sense with the title, too, since by making it "Alan Wake's" seems designed to communicate that the game is not Alan Wake 2. Basing it around Night Springs, the Twilight Zone-style television program of the Alan Wake universe, would open things up to an episodic format quite nicely.

We'll know more soon, as Microsoft sounds just about ready to spill the beans on the next Alan Wake.

Alan Wake XBLA title to be shown at the Spike Video Game Awards [XBLA Fans]


    **SPOILERS for Alan Wake**

    Why do I feel we will be playing through a series of books that Alan Wake is writing, in the same way we were in Alan Wake? Although I never played the last AW DLC, so I'm not sure if he ended up back in reality.

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      Same here. I never downloaded the second episode so I have no idea how it will work. I may have to get on to that!

    I'm more confused why Kotaku is talking like the episodic style is new? The first Alan Wake was episodic and I'd be very surprised if sequals aren't too (irrespective of whether Alan Wake: Night Springs is Alan Wake 2 or something else)

    Heavy Rain did it better

    If all the books you write lead to things trying to kill you then maybe you should change your writing style

    I loved Alan Wake, but my 360 is in the basement and the 'absurdly overpriced proprietary wireless connection adapter' randomly had its own little 'Red Ring' so I haven't been able to get to the internet from my 360 for months and months and haven't played the 2 DLC packs yet...

    I want to. but there's no way in hell I'm paying another 100 bucks for one of those crappy wireless adapters. ... A dilemma indeed.

      Move Xbox up to router, plug in Ethernet cord, download game, unplug cord, move console back to basement - problem solved!

      I'm actually looking forward to this - Alan Wake was easily one of the best games of 2010 with one of the most compelling stories I've ever played through.

        I had the same thought, but then realized the TV is in the basement with the Xbox. So whenever I finally break down and decide to do it I'm going to be taking everything apart down there to get the TV and 360 upstairs and set them up to download, then take everything back down again. :-P

        It's a pretty simple solution, I've just said "Bah, this is absurd" every weekend that I've decided to do it and then I just throw up my hands and play on the ps3 or my laptop. One of these days I'm gonna have to man up though.

        I guess the *real* problem is that I'm lazy. But then that'd be my fault and I'd have to be some kind of mature adult to admit to that ;-P

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