Before it polished up its work on its time-bending adventure Quantum Break, and well after it made a name for itself with the early Max Payne games, Remedy Entertainment found gold with Alan Wake, a mysterious adventure where a writer finds himself battling shadowy forces, using a flashlight and other means to fend them off. The game became an instant classic on the Xbox 360, and eventually found its way to Steam as well.
But the game is about to about to close up shop, at least for the time being. It's been reported that Alan Wake is about to be removed from both the Xbox Live Marketplace and Steam, mainly due to the lack of music rights.
The game is set to be removed from stores on May 15th, so you've still got a few days to pick it up and add it to your collection. The Xbox 360 version, which is also backwards compatible on Xbox One, can be found for pretty cheap on eBay, mainly with people selling codes that were initially included in bundles. If you prefer, you can buy it directly off the Xbox Live Marketplace for a mere $19.99, which is still more than worth it. (Definitely try to find that bargain price first, though.)
For those that prefer the Steam version, good news. Remedy Entertainment is currently holding a "Sunset Sale" for that edition, and is selling the game, as well as both of its downloadable content packs, for a whopping 90 percent off. It's a great way to get a terrific game for a rock bottom price, and the sale should be reflected sometime later today.
As for the other Alan Wake adventure that followed the original, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, it doesn't appear to be affected by the removal of the original game, so players will still be able to pick that up and enjoy it. But keep in mind that it's a smaller game than the original, so it's not quite the same.
Definitely don't miss out on Alan Wake, though. It's one of those contemporary masterpieces that still remains surprisingly fresh – even in the face of Quantum Break and the next project Remedy is working on.