Remedy Entertainment has confirmed to Eurogamer that "yes, more [Alan] Wake is coming!" But the Finnish developer said the new game won't be Alan Wake 2.
"Fans of the franchise will be excited to learn that yes, more Wake is coming! But to be absolutely certain to avoid confusion, this next Wake instalment will not be Alan Wake 2. And neither will it be DLC," Remedy's head of franchise development Oskari Hakkinen told Eurogamer.
"The rest we're saving for our official announcement when we'll actually show you."
Hakkinen revealed that "a slice" of the Remedy team has been working on this new game for "the last months".
"It's something that'll definitely give more to the Wake fans out there, but just as importantly, this instalment will also give an opportunity for players who aren't familiar with the franchise to finally jump on board," he added.
"We can't wait to show you more, bear with us. Release dates, platforms and pricing are unconfirmed as of yet, but Fall 2011 is probably a good guess."
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Hakkinen was responding to a news story yesterday based on an artist's LinkedIn profile mentioning the project Alan Wake 2.
"This has come in a little unexpected as we weren't expecting to be talking about this just yet," shrugged Hakkinen, referring to the leak. "On the flip side, it's great to see that there is interest out there - it really would seem Alan Wake is very close to the hearts of the fans out there, and to ours too.
"It is of course a shame that this news leaked before our official announcements went out which will include the visuals and information to support it."
Hakkinen stopped short of confirming an E3 reveal for the new game, but there are few platforms more prominent to announce a game than at the huge June show.