Remedy Entertainment has introduced Saga Anderson, the new co-protagonist of the upcoming horror-adventure game Alan Wake 2. Saga Anderson is a franchise newcomer who finds herself at the mercy of the rising darkness. Not much is known about Saga yet, but Remedy’s creative director Sam Lake, Hannah Price, and actress Melanie Liburd sat down with GameSpot to discuss the debuting character and how she becomes embroiled in Alan Wake’s world.
According to Lake, the birth of Saga Anderson was inspired by a need to tell an ambitious, multi-faceted story in Alan Wake 2, where multiple perspectives could help illuminate how far the franchise’s dark forces have spread. The creation of a new protagonist is a big event, and Remedy takes it very seriously. Anderson finds her place in the story on the trail of FBI agent Robert Nightingale, who was taken by the darkness in the original Alan Wake. Alongside her partner, played by Sam Lake himself, she travels to Bright Falls and seemingly stumbles onto an odd cult.
The Collaborative Process and Importance of Saga Anderson
Anderson’s character was very malleable before Hollywood actor Melanie Liburd was cast. The collaborative process meant Liburd was able to add her own sense of personality and humor to the role. Anderson will be an essential character in the main story, with her passions driving her as the quest to discover Nightingale’s fate evolves, and her investigation becomes intertwined with Wake’s attempt to destroy the darkness and escape Cauldron Lake. Saga Anderson is very much at the heart of the story, along with Alan Wake himself.
When GameSpot questioned Sam Lake about Anderson’s surname and potential ties to the Anderson Brothers who appear in Alan Wake, he reportedly played coy. He acknowledged the surname had appeared in the game before, but apparently “avoided eye contact,” indicating Saga may have ties to the history of Bright Falls.
Overall, Saga Anderson’s appearance in the upcoming game is certainly intriguing. Fans will understand her importance to the story and how her character adds to the ambitious, multi-faceted narrative of Alan Wake 2. The game promises to be a unique and captivating experience, exploring the dark forces that haunt the town of Bright Falls and the characters who are caught up in its web. Check out the full GameSpot interview for more on Saga Anderson and the role she’ll play in this highly-anticipated sequel.