Remedy has confirmed that their plan has always been to create a proper follow-up to Alan Wake, and that they're still interested in revisiting their supernatural IP.
Speaking with Polygon, the studio's creative director, Sam Lake, said: "For Alan Wake, from the get-go, we assumed there was going to be a sequel and we mapped things further out when it came to character, story, details and focus changes.
"Near the end of Alan Wake, we were sitting down and talking about the sequel and where we should be taking it, on a detailed level. More or less straight from getting Alan Wake shipped, we were working on a sequel and planning on a sequel."
Lake then explained that after the first game had shipped they began working on the sequel straight away, and even had a prototype that they were showing around (you can see it in action over here).
Alas they couldn't get publisher support, and plans fell by the wayside. However, there's still hope at the studio that they will revisit the series and that they'll be able to pick up the action following the cliffhanger that closed the original.
"We are in a place where we are starting to look into the future and starting to have discussions about what is next," he said. "Among other things, we are discussing the possibility of an Alan Wake sequel with multiple partners, but nothing has been decided.
"I would love to do that. It feels that time has only refined the ideas of what the sequel would be, which is great. It's almost, in some ways and on some level, that all of this extra time to think it about it has made it tastier and more exciting."
Remedy are currently working on the Xbox One exclusive, Quantum Break, which is due to land on the console next year.