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Alan Wake returns to digital storefronts, thanks to Microsoft

A big licensing issue that suspended sales has been worked out

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A screenshot of Alan Wake wielding a shotgun. Remedy Entertainment

Remedy Entertainment’s Alan Wake is once again available to purchase from online marketplaces like Steam, and the Humble Store. Its return follows more than a year after the game was removed from digital retailers, due to a licensing issue that’s finally been resolved.

The psycho-thriller adventure game has its publisher to thank, according to Remedy. The developer confirmed in a tweet that it was able to sell Alan Wake again with help from Microsoft.

“Big thanks to our partner and Alan Wake’s publishers @Microsoft who were able to renegotiate the rights to the licensed music in Alan Wake, so that the game can be sold again,” Remedy Entertainment tweeted.

In May 2017, the company announced that it would no longer be able to sell Alan Wake after running into problems with music rights. Prior to its removal, the game was heavily discounted. Remedy never had to suspend sales of its follow-up Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, however, as it managed to lock down those music rights.

If you have yet to purchase the critically acclaimed 2012 game, set in a town beset by mysterious, cinematic horrors, it’s currently discounted by 80 percent on Steam. That knocks the price of the base game to $3, while the collector’s edition, including numerous extras, costs $4. The deal runs through Nov. 1. Humble and GOG have similar deals running, also pricing Alan Wake at $2.99. (Meanwhile, the Xbox 360 version of the game remains unavailable on the Xbox Marketplace.)

Now is an especially good time to try out Alan Wake; a live-action TV series based on the game is currently in development.

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