It’s happened! It’s finally happened! Remedy has finished Alan Wake! After four years of development, you’ll be able to get your hands on the game this coming…What’s that?...Next spring?! Still?! But it’s done! Please explain.
See, Remedy’s managing director Matias Myllyrinne recently told Joystiq that while the psychological thriller is “all done,” Remedy is now “polishing” the game, and will be polishing the game for the next six months or so until spring 2010 arrives. Now, I’m all for developers giving their games the necessary time and attention needed to make their games as flawless as possible before they are released, but Remedy's announcement is a bit surprising, especially given how long the developer has been showing off the game.
I mean, either Remedy finished the game earlier than expected, and this is just a way of keeping the anticipation train rolling, or the game is in rough enough shape that the developers feel they desperately need several months to bring the game up to the level that players are expecting. I actually don’t have a problem with either scenario, since they both result in Remedy releasing the best game possible.
On the other hand, Alan Wake has been under a microscope for several years now, so you can bet that some players will have very little patience (even less than they already do) when it comes to bugs, glitches, gameplay issues, and everything else that "polishing" periods are typically designed to address. Because there's nothing more dangerous than gamers feeling more entitled than usual and you can bet that festering entitlement will come a-bubblin' out when the game is finally, finally released next year.
Do you think players will be harsher on Alan Wake because the game has been talked about for so long? Is this argument justified?