This is the home of Alan Wake in New York City before he and his wife Alice Wake head to Bright Falls. In his apartment there is a TV set located where Alan watches The Harry Garrett Show in which he was being interviewed along with Sam Lake, including apparent music from Poets of the Fall.
Events of Alan Wake
The apartment makes two appearances from flashbacks: The first time is three years prior to the incident in Bright Falls, where Alan has returned home and Alice is working on the covers for his latest (and currently last) Alex Casey book, The Sudden Stop. Alan also introduces the clicker to Alice after the power had cut out. In the second flashback, which was two years prior, Alan had woken up from a hangover, as he partied the night before, arrived home at seven in the morning and "passed out mid-sentence", according to Alice.
The apartment makes one final appearance when Alan jumps into Cauldron Lake at the end of Departure. He suddenly wakes up in bed with Alice, but the lights are off and the Dark Presence is everywhere, and his wife, Alice, is not afraid of the dark anymore. Alan suggests that what he saw was not his wife anymore.
The Signal (DLC)
- During the first playthrough of the flashback when Alan gets home and when you go see Alice in her office doing posters for his book, go to his study and you'll find a manuscript page, as well as several books written by him. The manuscript pages, The Sudden Stop 1 and 2, all describe Alex Casey. The deep voice is not of Alan Wake, but Casey, which in first describes snow and a femme fatale and the second one describes the end of his revenge and at the end, Casey gets to see his wife and baby again. These are allusions to Remedy Entertainment's other franchise, Max Payne series. The snowy setting is mostly the setting for Max Payne and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne. which the at the beginning of The Sudden Stop, talks about the fall and sudden stop at the end, references the title. The femme fatale in the story is likely a reference to Mona in The Fall of Max Payne. Also, Alex Casey describes his wife and baby, who are dead, which alludes Max Payne's family who died on the first game. Also, the books Alan wrote have references to story plots of Max Payne. Two of which is, "The Fall of Casey" and "Alex Casey" references Max Payne and The Fall of Max Payne. While first game was developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by "G.O.D. games" for PC and Rockstar Games for consoles, Max Payne 2 was published only by Rockstar, in conjunction with Remedy games who developed it, since the rights to May Payne were sold to Take-Two Interactive, who is the owner of Rockstar Games. The deep voice of Alex Casey sounds identical to Max Payne himself. As well, Alex Casey and Max Payne are both New York City Detectives.
- When going through the apartment again, Barry Wheeler calls Alan to watch a show on TV, at the end of it, the second guest after Alan Wake is Sam Lake, who is the story writer and concept designer of Remedy Entertainment, making a cameo appearance.
- In the PC version of Alan Wake, there is a QR code in Alan's office. When scanned, it reads: "Huh. Turns out this isn't too bad even if you're not sitting on a couch when you play it. Who knew!" An explanation of the meaning behind this quote can be found QR Codes here.