Alan Wake 2: The Sequel We’ve Been Waiting For

We’ve heard some claims pointing to Alan Wake 2 as a 2023 game on track to its release. Now, after a decent PlayStation Showcase, we got a confirmation – Alan Wake 2 will finally arrive on October 17, 2023. That was quite a wait for many players across the world. Alan Wake had a mixed reception but quickly evolved to become a cult classic. Due to Microsoft’s rights on the IP, and perhaps lack of interest, a sequel was only a dream. However, Remedy got the rights to the game back a few years ago and started to work on this long-anticipated sequel. The game was revealed during The Game Awards 2021 as a next-gen exclusive. Now, it finally got a launch date along with a new gameplay trailer.

Alan Wake 2 – coming in October, more details have been revealed

Shortly after the event, Remedy shared more details about the game on the PlayStation Blog. The producer confirms that we will once again venture through the depths of Bright Falls for more supernatural adventures. This time around, Alan Wake, will be joined by a second playable protagonist, FBI agent Saga Anderson.

“A string of ritualistic murders threatens Bright Falls, a small-town community surrounded by the Pacific Northwest wilderness”. The developer reveals this in its release date announcement post. “Anderson, an accomplished FBI agent with a reputation for solving impossible cases, arrives to investigate the murders. Soon the events spiral into a nightmare when she discovers pages of a horror story that start to come true around her. Somehow, the events will lead her to Alan Wake, the horror writer who went missing 13 years ago”. 

Anderson and Wake have their own “separate dark and disturbing paths”. As per Remedy, players will be able to tackle their respective stories in any order they choose. Anderson also makes an appearance in the trailer released alongside today’s news. The game promises to be more macabre than its predecessor. And we can already spot that through the bizarre creatures that appear in the trailer.

Our excitement is high for this particular game. To be honest, I played Alan Wake for the first time about 12 years ago in 2011 on an old Xbox 360. I was quickly drawn into the story of this interesting thriller with a nice narrative. I’ve been dreaming of a remaster for this game for years, and it came in 2021. Now, it’s time to venture into this awesome sequel. I can’t wait for October.

Details about price, versions, and pre-order content

One curious detail is that the game will not arrive in physical format. That was a decision of the studio itself and may disappoint some collectors. However, this seems to be an unstoppable trend that will soon catch more publishers. The dev says that “there are many reasons for this”. “For One, a large number of players have shifted to digital only. You can buy a PS5 without a disc drive and Microsoft’s Xbox Series S is a digital-only console. It is not uncommon to release modern games as digital-only”. It also argued that “not releasing a disc helps keep the price of the game at $59,99/€59,99 on consoles and $49,99 on PC. The producer insists it “did not want to ship a disc product and have it require a download for the game”.

Alan Wake II

Alan Wake 2 will reach the PS4, Xbox Series X, S, and PC. The game will be available for PC via Epic Games Store. The game will sell in two versions – Standard and Deluxe. The former will have the aforementioned price, while the Deluxe will cost about €69,99 on PC and €79,99 on consoles. The Deluxe Edition gives access to the Night Springs expansion and Lake House Expansion. Further, it gives you access to the Nordic Shotgun skin, Crimson Windbreaker, and Lantern Charm for Saga, and the Parliament Shotgiun Skin and Celebrity Suit for Alan.

Source/Via: Eurogamer

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