How Alan Wake 2 Fits Into The Remedy Connected Universe

When Alan Wake 2 releases on October 17, it will be the culmination of more than a decade of planning. Though Alan Wake 2 is a project that creative director Sam Lake says he always believed would happen one day, it didn’t always appear that way on the outside, and in that time it’s taken on different shapes–most of them never seen by the public. 13 years is a long time between a story and its sequel, especially for a game so wrapped up in Remedy’s tangled web known as the Remedy Connected Universe. Now that it’s finally real, we thought it would be worth a refresher on exactly where we stand at the start of Alan Wake 2 when it comes to its place in the wider Remedy story world.

Naturally, some of what the game will dive into is not yet known to us, and we can expect a few twists, too. However, there’s plenty we do know, not just from Alan Wake, but from 2019’s Control and even some other Remedy projects. If you’re wondering how Alan Wake 2 fits into the wider Remedy Connected Universe, here’s what you need to know. And please note that this article contains spoilers for 2010’s Alan Wake and 2019’s Control.

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The biggest connection tying Quantum Break to the Alan Wake and Control world is not one Remedy has confirmed yet. Martin Hatch, played in the game by the immortal Lance Reddick, was found to be a “shifter,” or an interdimensional being who could travel across Quantum Break’s multiple fractured timelines. It’s suggested that these beings–assuming Hatch isn’t the only one–are not friendly, and if we had seen a Quantum Break 2, we likely would’ve learned more about them. Instead, we learn about them in Control–or at least I strongly believe we do. Meet Mr. Door.

First mentioned by Dylan Faden in an optional scene in Control, Jesse’s brother alleges that Mr. Door taught him some of the ways of the multiverse with which Mr. Door is intimately familiar.

“I was in a dark place, and there was a dark man there,”Dylan says to Jesse. “His name was Mr. Door, and he told me that there are many worlds–side-by-side, on top of each other, some inside of others. In one world, there was a writer who wrote a story about a cop. In another world, the cop was real. Door said he himself was in all of them at the same time, endlessly shifting between them.”

The cop he mentions is Alex Casey, pseudo Max Payne himself. Here Dylan is referencing how Casey is both a fictional character in Alan’s books and seemingly a real-life FBI special agent in Bright Falls during the events of Alan Wake 2. As for the shifter himself, the obvious ties in their names–Mr. Hatch and Mr. Door–suggest that these characters are the same singular being, and furthermore suggest to me that Mr. Door will be relevant in all RCU games–Alan Wake 2 included–as he seems to be the only one with intimate knowledge of each of them to date.

In this way, Hatch lives on as a mysterious shapeshifting character who needs not look like the Hatch we know from before. This lets the Quantum Break mythos stay relevant in Alan Wake 2 and beyond, even if Remedy has to, in large part, leave it behind. I expect to see or hear of Mr. Door in Alan Wake 2, tying these games ever more tightly together.

What’s next for the Remedy Connected Universe?

What you’ve just read are all the major (and some granular) ways that Alan Wake 2 is connected to other Remedy games. But we also have some theories on what Remedy’s next RCU game might look like. Join us this Friday, June 9, for a look at all of Remedy’s announced and ongoing projects–as well as one additional project that seems to be hiding in plain sight.

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