Alan Wake's been dormant since 2010, but he's not going to start dreaming until "the middle of the first quarter of 2012." That's the release window for his XBLA spinoff Alan Wake's American Nightmare, according to an announcement issued today.
Also announced today: a new "arcade mode" called "Fight till Dawn," in which the beleaguered writer is swarmed by enemies over the course of a night, and attempts to build up a score by taking them out with a a variety of weapons, "from old stalwarts like the flare gun to wild new favorites like the nail gun and old school Remedy favorites like the Uzi."
Online leaderboards will give you a chance to see who among your friends is best at withstanding psychological horror. We hope you never have a reason to use that information.
ESPOO, FINLAND – December 19, 2011 – It was announced today that Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Remedy Entertainment's stand-alone digital spin-off for Xbox LIVE Arcade, will include a relentlessly intense arcade mode called "Fight till Dawn". Published by Microsoft Studios, the game will be released in middle of the first quarter of 2012.
The main story mode in Alan Wake's American Nightmare is part of the 'Night Springs' TV show fiction and offers an exaggerated pulp action adventure where the horrors of reality have the all too easy habit of coming true. Alan Wake finds himself stuck in an altered reality filled with dangerous shadows; he must leap into action and pursue his evil doppelganger, Mr. Scratch, across the Arizona mesa towards the town of Night Springs. Scratch, a supernatural serial killer, has his evil plans set on Wake's wife, Alice. Wake must learn to control reality itself and unravel the secret to Mr. Scratch's demise while using the power of light to put an end to the darkness.
The previously unannounced "Fight till Dawn" arcade mode places Wake in the battle of his life. Players must survive a full night of enemy onslaughts while racking up their score. With loads of new enemies to battle, players will require a deep arsenal of weapons; from old stalwarts like the flare gun to wild new favorites like the nail gun and old school Remedy favorites like the Uzi. Thankfully, safe havens and unlockable weapons dot the landscape, allowing for a momentary respite from the darkest of nights. Surviving until dawn is only the beginning as online leaderboards pit friends head to head to see who the real champion of light is.
Alan Wake's American Nightmare will be published by Microsoft Studios and will be available for Xbox Live Arcade in mid Q1 2012. The game is rated T for Teen by the ESRB. Please keep an eye out for updates on Facebook www.facebook.com/alanwake and Twitter @Remedygames.
Remedy Entertainment is a privately held developer of cinematic action games and franchises. Remedy is based in Espoo, Finland, and has developed critically acclaimed and top-selling action games. Additional information can be obtained through Remedy's Web site at www.remedygames.com.