Alan Wake PC petition

A petition for a PC version of Alan Wake is gaining a lot of attention after Microsoft’s odd reasoning. It currently has over 15,000 signatures and climbing. It is rare that these sort of petitions actually work, but they usually do get the message spread to the developer. Microsoft’s statement was very misinformed and snubbed the entire PC community. Even if this doesn’t change anything perhaps it will at least show MS that these sort of statements should not be made considering they are suppose to be supporting PC gamers that use their operating system in the first place.

We, the creators of this petition and your most loyal fans of Alan Wake, hereby ask you to strongly reconsider your decision on a PC version of the highly-anticipated Alan Wake from Finnish game studio Remedy.

Alan Wake was initially announced in 2005 as a PC and Xbox 360 title. From the beginning, the primary focus lied on the PC version which was shown running on quad-core processors at several events like the Intel Developers Conference or the X06 in Barcelona. It was supposed to be one of the first titles to fully utilise DirectX 10. Note: Xbox 360 is based on a modified version of DirectX 9.0c.

Up until July 2009 Microsoft and Remedy insisted that Alan Wake would appear on Xbox 360 as well as on PC when it launches in spring 2010. The platforms and the date were confirmed just a month earlier at E3. In July 2009 though, Microsoft apparently changed its mind and a PC version of Alan Wake is now all of a sudden up in the air.

Remedy said in a statement in July 2009: “It is accurate that we are currently working exclusively on the Xbox360 version of Alan Wake. PC plans are currently open, and therefore it’s safe to say that at least a simultaneous launch with the Xbox version will not happen at this late stage. Remedy has a deep heritage in PC gaming and would love to see a PC version available to its PC followers, ultimately however this decision lies with our publisher.”

In this day and age of a finanical crisis a move like this is hardly understandable. With almost one billion computers around the world Microsoft is missing out on a huge basis of potential customers. The PC as a gaming platform might not be as popular as consoles in the United States but across the pond in Europe it is. We, authors of this petition and editors of the German Alan Wake fansite, started a survey a while back, asking our visitors which version of Alan Wake they want to play. With 64,8 percent or 366 voters the PC version is clearly leading the Xbox 360 version with 29,6 percent or 167 voters.

We therefore ask:
1. … for a reason why Microsoft abruptly cancelled the work on a PC version of Alan Wake.
2. …you to release a statement to express your point of view on the situation.
3. …you to strongly consider a PC version of Alan Wake and releasing it simultaneously or with just a very little time gap in between.

We, your most loyal fans of Alan Wake and Remedy, don’t want Microsoft Game Studios history to repeat. Halo 1 was originally announced as a PC title, went to being an Xbox exclusive and finally came out more than a year later on PC. Not only did it far worse with critics because of a bad port, very few actually even cared about it anymore. Alan Wake deserves to have a different fate! It lies in your hands! Don’t disappoint your customers around the world!

Best regards,
The team of and your most loyal fans all around the world