Microsoft signs deal with music providers to get Alan Wake back on Steam

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A few months ago, Alan Wake — the renowned cult classic from Remedy Entertainment — was delisted from various storefronts like Steam and Xbox Live. This was mostly due to the fact that licensed music deals had expired. Renewing them is a lot of work, and it looks like the studio and Microsoft worked it out with those who gave them permission to use their music.

Today, Remedy announced that Alan Wake was back on the Steam store on Twitter. According to the studio, other platforms should follow very soon as well. You can read the company's statement below.

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The game features Alan Wake, a best-selling thriller author, who has been suffering from writers block and unable to continue his latest novel. In an attempt to rekindle his mind, he and his wife, Alice, travel to the mountains for a short vacation in a desolate cabin. As Alan returns from a night walk in the woods, he arrives to find his wife being pulled down into the lake by an unknown force. That's when the adventure begins.

If you haven't played Alan Wake already, be sure to check it out alongside Alan Wake's American Nightmare. They're both great and eerie experiences even to this day. The game is currently discounted to just $3 on Steam. Considering its age, even modest devices can run it really well.

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  • Step one -- complete. Step two --- an Alan Wake sequel (exclusively for Xbox One or next gen Xbox).
  • First-party Xbox titles are no longer console exclusive. So it'd be on PC anyway ;)
  • That's great news, but I already own it on Xbox one S and X.
  • Sounds like a good time to remake the game without the licensed music.
  • Are you insane? This music is integral part of the game. Removing or changing it would mess with the tone of Alan Wake!
  • Microsoft can renew music rights.
    Rockstar Games with GTAIV couldn't…
  • Good news!
  • I love this game and have played it through several times. The first time I played it, the rather intense scene near the end where the room full of TV's come alive and begin playing eerie messages actually crashed the AV amp I ran my home entertainment center through, resulting in a shut down of everything: amp, TV, Xbox 360, sound bar. It was a entry level amp but no other game had ever done that. I had to finish playing that part of the game without the AV equipment, just the Xbox, TV and its built in speakers, and then buy a beefier AV amp for my system.
  • So disappointed, was thinking in an sequel news