Quantum Break and Alan Wake even though loved by their fans, it seems that Microsoft are not interested in developing sequels for them.
In a recent interview with GamesIndustry.biz entitled How Remedy is taking Control of its own destiny, the Finnish independent studio also discussed the fate of Alan Wake and Quantum Break.
CEO Tero Virtala told GamesIndustry during E3:
“But maybe the biggest lessons were on the business and production side. We can create excellent games, but the type of games we do with an immersive world and characters, memorable stories – those are typically building blocks in any entertainment business for franchises that could live for a long time. And now for the second time being in a position where we had done all that groundwork and then there was not a possibility to continue those stories… we didn’t want to face that again.”
CEO Tero Virtala also told GamesIndustry:
“If you want to create a memorable story, it’s not just a story. It’s the characters, their background story, their motives, and the locations. In order to create these worlds, characters and stories, it’s a huge investment of really high-quality people that are really hard to find and those typically provide a basis for long-term franchises, long-term brands in which you could put multiple games.”
“Considering our history… Alan Wake was really interesting but it was a collaboration with Microsoft. Due to certain reasons, it never got a sequel. Quantum Break, also, we put a lot of effort into creating the world, the characters, the stories, but still it was Microsoft IP. They decided not to take it further. If we owned the IP, it’s fully in our hands to decide how we create it, how we develop, what are the creative decisions that we take? And then maybe one day in the future, if it proves to be successful, it’s again in our hands to decide what will be done. That was important for us.”
Quantum Break is a science fiction action-adventure third-person shooter about Jack Joyce, who us granted time manipulation powers after a failed time-machine experiment. The game also included episodes of an integrated live-action television show, featuring the actors of the characters.
Alan Wake is an action-adventure released for the Xbox 360 (BC for Xbox One) and Microsoft Windows. The story follows thriller novelist Alan Wake, as he uncovers the mystery behind his wife’s disappearance during a vacation in the small town of Bright Falls, Washington, all while experiencing events from the plot in his latest novel, which he cannot remember writing, coming to life.