When a tipster wrote in to say that Remedy, the studio behind oft-delayed Alan Wake
was updating on the game's progress on company message boards
, we were understandably excited, until we saw the message from Remedy CFO Mika Reini, which is basically the equivalent of David Blaine waving from inside his hydro-chamber to let people know that he is not, in fact, dead.
"We feel we owe you all a small heads up, and our apologies for lack of updates," he writes. "Seriously, yes, we're still here and working hard on getting Alan Wake
for you to enjoy. Sure, we've been in development for a long time and if everything had gone perfectly smoothly there probably would be a game out for you guys to play already. But designing a completely new game can be hard, and sometimes you need to take a detour to find the best route forward. ... I'm sure you will enjoy Alan Wake
when we're done."
We're sure we'll enjoy it too, Mika. We can't promise that we won't need our grandkids to explain the Xbox 1440's neuro-controls, but we're sure that beyond that it'll just be a hoot.