Last month I got all excited because Remedy had trademarked Alan Wake's Return. The developer has long talked about wanting to return to the series and with Quantum Break's release just around the corner it looked like the studio could be spooling up to begin work on an Alan Wake sequel.
However, what the trademark actually refers to is an in-game video series, similar to the Lords and Ladies videos in the Max Payne games. Unlike the simple images that appeared on TV screens in Max Payne, though, Alan Wake's Return comprises full, live-action mini episodes, starring Remedy's creative director Sam Lake.
I spoke to Lake about the trademark to clarify that's all Alan Wake's Return covers. After all, in the past, Remedy has trademarked other video tie-ins, like Alan Wake's Bright Falls web series.
"A big part of the trademarking process all in all is the legalities of it," Lake explained. "Just making sure everything is covered." When it comes to starting development on a game, "it's a different process of making sure everything is locked down".
"So," Lake clarifies, "[there's] no real news about anything future Alan Wake-related."
Lake did offer hope for Alan Wake fans: "Other than that, we are exploring possibilities and concepting different things, but lots needs to click into place for anything to happen. We will be the first to talk about it when there is something definite to talk about."