E3: Alan Wake confirmed for spring 2010

Remedy lights up Xbox conference.

Remedy has just demoed the long-awaited Alan Wake live on stage during Microsoft's E3 press conference in LA, confirming the 360-exclusive for a spring 2010 release.

Game writer Sam Lake came out on stage after Bungie had cleared off, and told the audience he wanted to introduce them to a "best-selling writer" who was a "good friend of mine". Guess who?

A voice-over from the protagonist reveals his wife is missing. Controlled live, Wake was shown in a dark building in a forest, holding a gun with a flashlight attached. The entire demo made it clear that the the use of light sources will play a fundamental role in the game.

Wake is seen using flashlights, switching on lights via generators, and clutching flares. Visuals and gameplay are reminiscent of Resident Evil 4 and the Silent Hill series; a section in a cable car looked stunning, with Wake crashing to the ground before igniting a flare in the darkness and stalking his way into a hut.

A cut-scene showed a JCB smashing into the side of the building, as Wake crept fearfully backwards, before the camera cut dramatically to the structure collapsing on itself.

"To be continued" read the text on the screen, with a voice urging: "Alan, wake up". Impressive stuff.

And we'll be seeing the game in the flesh later this week, so check back soon for a full preview.

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