If you haven't picked up Alan Wake, it's available on Steam now for $US3. And with good reason: from tomorrow, it won't be available on digital marketplaces anymore.
Remedy Entertainment, the makers of Alan Wake and the Max Payne series, announced late last week that Alan Wake would be pulled from digital sale as of tomorrow. The reason? Music.
Alan Wake uses licensed music for the game, the agreements for which have expired. And that means the game can't be sold after today, although the American Nightmare DLC isn't affected and anyone who currently owns the game will remain in your library and work just fine going forward.
A FAQ on Remedy's forums added that they "are looking into relicensing the music" for Alan Wake, but don't have an ETA at the time of writing.
It's another reminder of the downsides of using licensed music in video games. I'm also reminded of what happened to the box DVD set of Daria, which had a completely different soundtrack to the original series that aired (save for the theme songs).
Alan Wake is available on Steam for $US3 for the next 12 hours or so, or you can pay $US4 for a bundle with the DLC. If you would rather pay a DRM free version, Good Old Games is charging $3.89 for the base game and $5.18 for a bundle with the American Nightmare DLC.