In an unexpected merger of gaming franchises, Epic Games announced Alan Wake: Flashback, a new Fortnite experience that revisits Remedy Entertainment’s 2010 cult classic.
A new trailer was released today announcing that Fortnite players can now try Alan Wake: Flashback Island for free by entering the code 3426-5561-3374. “Rediscover the mysteries of Bright Falls and illuminate the events of Alan Wake in Alan Wake: Flashback,” reads the trailer’s YouTube description. The island was a collaboration between Remedy Entertainment, Spiral House and Zen Creative.
The launch comes ten days before the release of Alan Wake 2, the long-awaited sequel, and is ideal for those who play Fortnite and are interested in Alan Wake 2 but haven’t played the original yet. While Remedy released Alan Wake Remastered for modern consoles in 2021, the Fortnite experience, while short, is a nice summary for those who don’t have time to play the original and want to read up before playing Alan Wake 2.
The promotional tie-in comes as no surprise to either studio, as Epic Games and Remedy have already partnered, with Epic launching a publishing label in 2020 and the Fortnite maker serving as publisher for Alan Wake Remastered and Alan Wake 2.
The announcement comes a week after Epic Games revealed that it would be introducing an Alan Wake skin to Fortnite as part of a new batch of Halloween-themed items available in the Fortnite Shop as part of Fortnitemares 2023.
In IGN’s review of Alan Wake Remastered, which we rated 7 out of 10, we said: “Alan Wake Remastered is a minor upgrade for existing fans, but for newcomers, this dark mystery is still worth a look.”
Taylor is a reporter at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.