Max Payne and Alan Wake writer delivers answers in Reddit AMA

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The creator and writer of Max Payne and Alan Wake, Sam Lake, shared a few words with the internet denizens of Reddit in an “Ask Me (Almost) Anything” thread. There, he shared his process for game writing, what changes he would make for Alan Wake 2, and what he had for breakfast that morning

Lake said Alan Wake had a long list influences, one of which was a screenplay he wrote.

“I wrote a film screenplay called Undertow and that's where the cabin by the lake, the Clicker, the Anderson brothers, Barbara Jagger and a few other things came from," Lake said. "It was a different thing, but I stole these things into Wake from that.”

He also said he was proud of Alan Wake and its DLC, American Nightmare, but wants a proper sequel for the franchise—something that’s a lot more ambitious. If he were to make Alan Wake 2, Lake said there’d be “less dark forests and more gameplay variety.” However, he also addressed Alan Wake fans in a recent video, saying the team simply didn't have the funding to create Alan Wake 2—yet.

Lake didn’t say much about Remedy’s recently announced game, Quantum Break, or whether a PC version will accompany the Xbox One version, so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens. Still, given Remedy’s history, it’s not totally unreasonable to hope its next game eventually hits the PC. We just might have to wait a bit.

Oh, and oatmeal. He had oatmeal that morning.