Alan Wake is getting removed from digital stores due to expiring music licenses

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If you’ve been meaning to pick up a copy of Alan Wake, you’d best do it soon. Remedy Entertainment announced that its popular 2010 psychological thriller game is getting removed from all digital storefronts on both Xbox and PC platforms on May 15th, when the developer’s rights to the licensed music that comprises part of the soundtrack expires.

To mark the end of Alan Wake, Remedy is running a huge 90 percent off sale on Steam starting May 13th at 10AM PST / 1PM EST. While the game will be removed from Steam after May 15th, anyone who already owns a copy will continue to have the title available in their Steam library to redownload as they wish going forward, even after the game is pulled for sale.

In response to questions on Twitter, Remedy commented that it can’t simply remove the music from the game due to a variety of engineering and resource issues. The company is in talks to try and renew the licenses, although they aren’t making any promises as to when, or even if, that will actually happen.

Additionally, the sale only appears to be the Steam version of the game for now, with Remedy saying that it doesn’t know if the Xbox Store or GOG will be offering similar discounts. The music licensing issues only apply to the original Alan Wake — the 2012 spinoff, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, will continue to remain on sale.

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