Microsoft confirmed it will not publish a PC version of Remedy's upcoming Alan Wake
, claiming the Xbox 360 is "the most compelling way to experience" the psychological thriller.
"Some games are more suited for the intimacy of the PC, and others are best played from the couch in front of a larger TV screen," Microsoft told consumer website CVG
"We ultimately realized that the most compelling way to experience Alan Wake
was on the Xbox 360 platform, so we focused on making it an Xbox 360 exclusive," the company added.
The spokesperson asserted the strong background in PC game development of both Microsoft and Remedy, stressing that "this decision was about matching this specific game to the right platform."
Billed as a psychological thriller that takes its cues from crime and horror novels, Alan Wake
was first announced in 2005, and has been under relatively quiet development since then.
The title resurfaced at E3 2009 as part of Microsoft's press show, and Alan Wake
is now slated to launch in May, although further info on the PC version had lapsed over the past few months.
In summer 2009, Remedy reportedly said it "would love to see a PC version available to its PC followers, ultimately however this decision lies with our publisher."