Both Microsoft and developer Remedy are only talking of the Xbox 360 version of Alan Wake right now, with a PC version apparently up in the air at the moment.
Finnish mag Pelaaja visited the studio and gleamed some intel, like a Spring 2010 window, light still an important element, no longer sandbox, the game only the start for Alan Wake?
"Alan Wake is not late. Before E3 2009, Remedy have never given a release date and all previous dates found floating on the web were made up by other sources," reports fansite on their summary of Pelaaja's interview.
"Alan Wake will be released Spring 2010 for the Xbox 360." PC is missing in action right now.
"The original vision hasn’t changed but the way the game plays out has been experimented with along the development process. One of the major changes is that the game is no longer a sandbox type of game where the player can roam freely (ala Grand Theft Auto)."
"Remedy stressed that this does not mean the game will be linear and that you have to follow a set path throughout the game. "The player must not feel they’re being pulled from strings. The player must feel like they’re making the decisions themselves", they continued.
While Microsoft is publishing the game, the rights to the franchise are retained by Remedy who has interests perhaps beyond videogame media. "Although Remedy have yet to make any decisions on this," according to the mag.
Is Microsoft just stalling a PC release to squeeze out the most from the Xbox 360 launch? Yeah, most likely. Does a sandbox-less Alan Wake give you an upside down smiley face?