Quantum Break Will Feature An Alan Wake Easter Egg

By Mark Delaney, 2 years ago
Remedy is a studio known for putting Easter eggs and referential material into their games. Alan Wake featured a series of crime novels centered around a character very similar to the titular character from their previous games, Max Payne. It looks like Quantum Break will continue Remedy's tradition of tipping their hat to characters from other works. Also in classic Remedy fashion, it gets awesomely and confusingly meta. This holiday greeting looks ahead to next spring's release of the superhero origin story, while also teasing the dormant Alan Wake franchise in a way that should have fans filled with glee.

So let's recap. Sam Lake, creative director and the original face of Max Payne, is playing Alex Casey in a live-action Easter egg for Quantum Break. Alex Casey was the protagonist of Alan Wake's bestselling book series, but in the footage, you can clearly see he and his FBI partner are looking into Alan's disappearance. How can a fictional character be looking for its own author? What does Alan's narration at the end mean? What the hell is going on? I love it.

The lovable weirdos at Remedy will launch Quantum Break on April 5th next year.
Mark Delaney
Written by Mark Delaney
Mark is a Boston native now living in Portland, Oregon. He's the Editorial Manager on TA, loves story-first games, and is one of three voices on the TA Playlist podcast. Outside of games he likes biking, sci-fi, the NFL, and spending time with his fiancée and son. He almost never writes in the third person.