Alan Wake is one of the most underrated games this generation, selling only 250,000 copies in week one and currently holding at 600,000 copies. It is clear that the game financially failed for today’s standards, considering the greatness of the game. But what if Alan Wake was a PS3 exclusive? How would these numbers, popularity, impressions, reputation, and marketing be different?
Let’s start with Graphics: We know that Alan Wake was initially intended to be a PC game that later made its way to the 360. Perhaps the game’s development would still make no difference graphically on the PS3, but “what if” it was made specifically for the PS3? (Screens are not actual comparison screens, this is just an example of Alan Wake taking advantage of the PS3’s power).
Marketing: Microsoft’s marketing for Alan Wake was pretty much “non-existing”. Hard core gamers knew about the game, but that was about it. While exclusives for the PS3 don’t all get the attention they deserve, I’m sure Sony would have not let Alan Wake slip in to the pile of underrated games. How about Mr. Kevin Butler to the rescue, enough said…
DLC: Canceled, due to PS Move support! While Alan Wake’s “The Signal” DLC was released almost 2 month after the game’s released, Microsoft and Remedy stayed focused at the mission at hand and delivered the promised DLC. “What if” Alan Wake was a PS3 Exclusive? Much like Heavy Rain’s canceled DLC due to PS move support dedication, Alan Wake would have more than likely suffered from story, but landed PS move support. “It’s not a DLC pack, it’s PS Move.”
Financially: We know the numbers, the game is underrated and the financial numbers are disappointing especially for a game that took over 5 years to develop. But “What If” Alan Wake was a PS3 exclusive?
The closest game we can compare Alan Wake to, would have to be Heavy Rain. Heavy Rain is much like Alan Wake. Both games are dark and unique, and they appeal to audience that might like a strong and believable story.
Heavy Rain did 500,000 plus in its first week, and currently has over 1.3 million copies sold worldwide. A game like Alan Wake should be well over 1 million copies sold, with sells increasing as DLC is released. If Alan Wake happened to be a PS3 exclusive, we wouldn’t be reading or writing articles on Alan Wake’s disappointing numbers and underrated status.