Alan Wake is being removed from sale, maybe forever

From tomorrow, you won’t be able to buy a copy of one of the best games of the previous console generation and you can blame rock ‘n’ roll. Basically, the music licences for the game are about to expire, and for this, that, and the other reason, developer Remedy Games hasn’t renewed them. Those people who already own the game will still be able to play it without problems, however, and those people who don’t can make up for that egregious crime and buy it for only R31.90 on Steam until it’s pulled sometime today.

Alan Wake featured original music by artists including David Bowie, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Depeche Mode, but apparently those licences were valid for only seven years and according to the studio, negotiating to renew them is “not really in Remedy’s hands“. In a statement on its forums, Remedy also confirmed that it’s “looking into relicensing the music for Alan Wake, but have no timeframe for this”.

Asked by a number of people on Twitter why they couldn’t simply patch the music out of the game, Remedy explained that the situation is “nowhere near that simple” and “far more complicated than you think” so I suppose that’s that. Boo.

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