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Accolades accumulate for Alan Wake II

Alan Wake II is Remedy Entertainment’s first foray into the survival horror game genre.

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Finnish game company Remedy Entertainment won big at The Game Awards, taking home three awards for its hit game Alan Wake II.

The survival game was awarded Best Art Direction, Best Narrative, and Best Game Direction. It was also nominated in five other categories, including Game of the Year, making it the most nominated title alongside Baldur’s Gate 3

The Game Awards, held at the Peacock Theater in Los Angeles, is among the gaming industry’s most prestigious events. The evening featured a live performance by the Finnish band Poets of the Fall, known in Alan Wake II as Old Gods of Asgard. The performance included appearances by Alan Wake actor Ilkka Villi and the game's creative director, Sam Lake.

Alan Wake II is the long-awaited sequel to Remedy’s cult hit Alan Wake. The game was released to critical acclaim in October 2023, 13 years after its predecessor. TIME magazine named it the best video game of 2023 and described it “as one of the most terrifying survival horror games of the last decade”. 

“More than just another video game, Alan Wake II is a celebration of art infused with meta-narratives, musical numbers, connections to Remedy’s games, Control and Quantum Break, and a frightening and elegant examination of writing and what it means to put your words out in the world,” TIME’s Richard Newby wrote.

Old Gods of Asgard performed at The Game Awards alongside Alan Wake II creative director Sam Lake and actors David Harewood, Matthew Porretta and Ilkka Villi.

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The accolades continue, with Variety including Remedy's creative director, Sam Lake, in its list of the most influential people in the global media industry.

The game’s two main characters are Wake and Saga Anderson. Anderson is an FBI agent who investigates a mysterious cult in the small town of Bright Falls, where the first game was set. 

According to YLE, Alan Wake II is believed to have incurred a budget of at least 50 million euros, positioning it as one of Finland’s most expensive cultural productions to date. The game is available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.

Remedy Entertainment isn’t the only Finnish game company flying high this year. Supercell and Rovio were both named among the best mobile game developers in the world, while Metacore recently announced record numbers and an expansion to Germany.

By: Eeva Haaramo