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Quantum Break and Max Payne aren't in Treatment's Related Universe, regardless of the Easter eggs

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Motion-horror sequel Alan Wake 2 confirmed as much as final night time’s Gamescom festivities with a cryptic trailer (beneath) that confirmed the studio’s signature Lynchian thriller, an upside-down New York, and a few fascinating live-action scenes. However references to Treatment’s previous video games have been the large dialog driver, particularly for the reason that studio is increase a “Treatment Related Universe.” Artistic director Sam Lake has now clarified that time-bending shooter Quantum Break and the Max Payne video games aren’t cool sufficient to affix the Treatment-verse, whereas additionally breaking down their strategy to those shared-world video games.

“The simple, clear reply is that, out of our previous video games, Max Payne and Quantum Break should not a part of the Treatment Related Universe. They don’t seem to be a part of Treatment’s plans,” Lake mentioned in an interview with EW – although he does depart the door barely ajar. “That being mentioned, in a purely speculative, Easter egg sort of method, I do love the thought of enabling our viewers to provide you with theories. I do not wish to shoot them down on that stage,” he added. “We’re making questions attainable and giving concepts to those who they’ll then kind their very own theories. I believe that is very a lot a part of the enjoyable.”

That Treatment-verse started – earlier than we even knew it existed – with the unique Alan Wake in 2010. The studio then made the connections between their video games ‘canon’ of their paranormal FBI sport Management and its AWE enlargement. However many followers, together with me, guessed that Quantum Break would loop into the tangled thriller one way or the other, since that sport was plagued by Easter eggs. The primary point out of an AWE really predates the enlargement and confirmed up on a random chalkboard in Quantum Break. Treatment additionally has a working gag with the quantity 665, which first started in Max Payne, though Lake does tease that “there may be perhaps extra which means to be present in [the number’s] use.”

Is perhaps unhappy information for eagle-eyed conspiracy theorists that get pleasure from searching down these connections, however leaving out Quantum Break and Max Payne makes some sense. The previous remains to be owned by Microsoft, whereas the latter falls below Rockstar’s possession – regardless that Treatment plans to remake the primary two bullet-time shooters. However as we’ve seen from Marvel’s errors, maintaining with all the things that comes out of those jumbled-up-verses could be exhausting, particularly should you’re solely excited about one particular nook.

Sam Lake appears to concentrate on that hazard whereas talking concerning the studio’s previous video games. “Now we have been actually aware of making an expertise the place none of that’s required homework… Perhaps [Alan Wake II] will encourage you after the actual fact to hunt out a few of these earlier video games and expertise them,” he mentioned. There’ll nonetheless be enjoyable hyperlinks to Management that we are able to theorise about, although, such because the live-action TV host Mr. Door seen within the latest trailer. He could or will not be the identical dimension-hopping entity that Dylan mentions in Management, as Lake teases that “little or no is by happenstance or coincidence.”

We’ll see simply how linked Treatment’s Related Universe is on October twenty seventh, when Alan Wake 2 comes out on the Epic Video games Retailer and consoles. For now, let me know what your theories are. Should you even need these video games to overlap, that’s?

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