The second part of our tour of the Finnish games industry, in which Patrick Garratt sees Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, travels from Helsinki to Tampere and tries to navigate a blizzard using a game on an ancient Nokia phone. Read part one of this feature here. The day’s less dull when we leave the Helsinki World Trade Centre to walk the short distance to Super Stardust developer Housemarque.
VG247 tours Finland’s games companies to find discs dead, investment capital flowing like champagne and mobile development everywhere. Patrick Garratt reports. “Mobile phones are the new gold.”Rovio’s North American general manager, Andrew Stalbow, is cod-advising us on investment through a cocktail grin. We all agree; earth’s social structure could collapse tomorrow and people would still want mobiles. These companies just have so much money, says Stalbow. And he would know.
It may not be Wake 2, but American Nightmare doesn’t mark the end of Alan’s shadowy adventures. We visited Remedy to talk about continuing 360’s most unsettling dream. “We are going to continue with Wake. We think there’s a lot of potential. This is one step on Wake’s path forward, and it certainly doesn’t end here. For some gamers it begins here, and we think this is a cool entry point. But right now, this is what we’re focused on.”It’s an obvious question greeted by laughter and a rehearsed answer.
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