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Alan Wake comes early to XBox

Microsoft said the long-awaited European launch of Alan Wake will be brought forward a week

According to the proclamation, the game will now hit European shelves on May 14th, 2010, rather than May 21st.

"Fans in the UK have been crying out to get their hands on Alan Wake since it was first announced and we're thrilled to be able to deliver it to them early," said Microsoft's Stephen McGill. Early and late are relative terms, of course.

The much-anticipated PC version will still have to wait though. This is the Xbox 360 version we're talking about here. The promised and eternally delayed PC version originally due to show off the capabilities of Vitsta and DX10 (cough! Ed.) still seems to be in mothballs.

Alan Wake is developed by Remedy and written by Max Payne author Sam Lake. The game recounts the story of a writer author whose wife disappears into the town of Bright Falls. From there it naturally all goes horribly wrong

Microsoft claims the Xbox is better suited to the gameplay of the title than the PC. Honest.