Alan Wake Back on Sale After Licensing Issues

Due to issues with music licensing, the game was unavailable on digital storefronts for well over a year.

By Chris Morse

Sam Lake's classic horror-mystery game Alan Wake has finally returned to digital storefronts after almost a year and a half of Remedy Entertainment being unable to sell the game due to music licensing issues. Since May 2017, the company as well as the game's publisher, Microsoft, were looking into resolving these issues and getting the game back on sale but that did not happen until late last week.

According to a tweet from the developer, Microsoft was able to renegotiate the music rights and lock down a deal that will allow the game to be sold on digital storefronts once again. This affected most online marketplaces, such as Steam, GOG, and the Humble Store. Check out the announcement below.


Alan Wake was originally released for the Xbox 360 and PC back in 2010 and 2012 respectively. The game follows the story of an acclaimed novelist who goes on a retreat to the fictional town of Bright Falls, Washington. When his wife disappears, he goes on a surreal journey to unravel the mystery all the while experiencing events from his latest novel coming to life... only he doesn't ever remember writing it.

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Chris Morse

Programmer by day, writer by night. Having grown up surrounded by plenty of horror movies and video games, it only made sense for Chris to combine all of these passions into one place: Dead Entertainment. Whether he's working on designs, tinkering with the platform, or just writing up the latest horror news, he's sure to be hard at work keeping the wheels turning on this website no matter what time of day it is. When not coding or gaming, you can find him donning a Cheesehead and heading to the Midwest to cheer on his favorite NFL team, the Green Bay Packers. #GoPackGo