The brilliant Alan Wake ends in so openly that it’s no surprise the completionist in us all would crave some closure. Two DLC add-ons have been announced, one of which, The Signal, is free to those who bought Alan Wake new. The Writer is a second piece of DLC and now a third unnamed slab of horror has been announced by Remedy’s managing director, Matias Myllyrinne (via MTV Blog). He didn’t want to shine too much light on this third add-on but did reveal what The Signal has in store – If you’re yet to finish the game, best skip a couple of paragraphs since it gets a bit spoilerific!
The Signal continues on from the end of Alan Wake, focusing on the shadowy world where Wake was trapped. In it he said “we won’t be grounded in the realm that we inhabit right now,” meaning Bright Falls. So The Signal is likely to be quite a surreal experience much like the end of the game and its domain of words that came to life when burnt with a torch. MTV noted that some may not find such a level all that compelling but Myllyrinne is confident they’ve got it right: “We have a nifty way of moving [the story] forward and materializing that into gameplay and storytelling without going into a mode of weirdness. For a thriller to work you need it to be grounded in reality. Otherwise all bets are off because the rules don’t really apply. So we wanted to have it kind of grounded in reality but also to take a more twisted take, because this is an extreme place and position he finds himself in.”
When asked if it’ll be anything like Wake’s dream that had him back in New York talking to someone who looked like but clearly wasn’t his wife, Myllyrinne said it will be similar in the sense that The Signal will be set in a real world environments that aren’t quite right for one reason or another.
All sounds cool to me and anything to help with the monstrous cliffhanger that ends Alan Wake is a plus. The Signal is out July 28th for free thanks to a promo card bundled with the game. My review for Alan Wake can be found here.