I’m looking forward for Alan Wake. I liked the Max Payne series, although especially the second one was a bit too short, and the first one doesn’t start up on my machine. At the end of Max Payne 2, the Remedy guys hinted there’ll be a third one, but apparently they ditched it in favour of Alan Wake.
Here’s an interview with the lead designer. See also the FAQ. I like how those Finns think (Remedy being a Finnish game house). I like it will be a bit more mission-based and sandbox-like a la GTA. The thing that lost me in the last GTA San Andreas is that its scale is just a bit too grand for me, and I couldn’t get over some of the missions. The small town setting of Alan Wake seems just about right.
Reportedly, the game was a big hit at E3 2005. The trailer looks good and the screenshots look excellent. I love outdoor scenes and landscapes with light and weather effects, and there seem to be plenty of all of those here. Classified as “psychological action thriller”, the whole thing is set in the present day and real world.
Didn’t find much info form the past half-year – hopefully Remedy is hard at work at getting the thing released.
Image from the Eurogamer interview