Alan Wake 2 is coming out very soon indeed, marking the first entry into the weird and wacky series in over a decade. From what's been shown off so far, it's clear that the developer intends to put out a full on survival horror title with Alan Wake 2.
Remedy has shown off a fair bit of Alan Wake 2 in recent months, and we now know that the game will feature dual-protagonists in Alan Wake and Saga Anderson. There's more of a horror tone this time around as well, with more weapons and combat options to face off against the game's monsters.
It's safe to say that Alan Wake 2 is definitely one of this year's most anticipated games. Here's everything we know about it so far, including a look at gameplay, all of the latest news and trailers, and the full release date.
Alan Wake 2: cut to the chase
- What is it? The sequel to psychological thriller Alan Wake
- When does it come out? October 27, 2023
- What can I play it on? PS5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC (via Epic Game Store)
Alan Wake 2 release date
Alan Wake 2 will launch on October 27, 2023. This is 10 days later than initially planned, following a recent delay. Remedy explained in a Tweet that the reason for the delay was due to the crowded release schedule surrounding the original release date.
An update from the Alan Wake 2 team: we're moving Alan Wake 2's launch from October 17 to October 27.October is an amazing month for game launches and we hope this date shift gives more space for everyone to enjoy their favorite games.We can't wait to show you what everyone's… pic.twitter.com/GpLxyr2xvYAugust 17, 2023
Alan Wake 2 platforms
Remedy has confirmed that Alan Wake 2 will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC (via Epic Game Store). Interestingly, the game will be a digital-only release. This could change in the future, but according to an FAQ on the game's official website, Remedy is skipping physical in order to "keep the price of the game at $59.99 / €59.99 and the PC version at $49.99 / €49.99."
Alan Wake 2 trailers
The latest trailer for Alan Wake 2 was shown at Gamescom Opening Night Live 2023. It blends live-action and gameplay, which is something that will apparently happen in-game as well, similarly to how Control would introduce live-action every now and then. Check it out below:
It's worth keeping an eye on the Remedy Entertainment YouTube channel for any Alan Wake 2 trailers you might've missed. The channel also boasts an anniversary update which, though not a trailer per se, is full of exciting tidbits about the design decisions behind the game. We've also included some additional trailers throughout this article.
Alan Wake 2 story and setting
Is Alan Wake still trapped in the "Dark Place"?
Though little has been confirmed about the specifics of Alan Wake 2's story, the finale of the first game, as well as the subsequent DLC have written some pretty big cheques, story-wise.
At the end of the first game, Alan found himself trapped in the "Dark Place", the Lovecraftian parallel dimension from which the darkness that hunted him seemed to originate. In DLC episodes entitled "The Signal" and "The Writer", Alan was able to free himself by confronting a twisted, mirror version of himself.
It seems likely that Remedy will seek to develop these themes in Alan Wake 2 - it's certainly what we want to see in the sequel. From what we've seen in the trailers so far, Alan Wake is definitely still trapped in a nightmarish Hellscape. He appears to be writing a horror story in an attempt to escape, a story which is becoming true in the real world.
Alan Wake 2 will play out over three hub areas: Bright Falls, the primordial forest surrounding Cauldron Lake, and the run-down town of Watery. The Dark Place will also feature, presenting a shifting, looping reality. In the latest trailer, Anderson and Alan Wake do meet each other, so it seems as though Alan may be getting out of the nightmare realm at some point in the game. Time will tell.
Who is Saga Anderson?
Agent Saga Anderson's an FBI Agent sent on an investigation to solve a string of ritualistic murders in Bright Falls. She then discovers a page from a horror story , which then starts to describe real world events happening in the town. This is how she learns of Alan Wake, and his disappearance almost 13 years prior.
Anderson served as the game's co-protagonist, and will be one of two playable characters. So far, it's unclear whether she holds a secret connection to Alan Wake, but knowing Remedy, we're betting she's got some secrets of her own.
Alan Wake 2 gameplay
Things seem to be a pretty standard over-the-shoulder third-person shooter, akin to more modern survival horror titles like Resident Evil 2 remake. We know that guns will once again be used to dispatch monstrous enemies and that the flashlight will be a key tool for keeping them at bay and for exploration.
As mentioned previously, Alan Wake 2 will feature two playable protagonists in the form of Alan Wake and Saga Anderson. It's unclear how the two characters will differ in terms of gameplay, but it's clear that their stories are intertwined as featured in the trailers we have seen so far.
Though we've seen a decent amount of gameplay now, information as to what we might expect from Alan Wake 2 is still fairly sparse. There are a few nuggets of information floating about that can help us piece things together, however.
In a special 12th Anniversary blog post Remedy announced that Alan Wake 2 would be the developer's "first survival horror game". The implication, here, is that we will see more survival elements in the sequel than we saw in the original Alan Wake, which focused more on psychological horror. This certainly tracks with the footage we've seen so far, especially with the cultish vibes represented by the deer-headed folk seen in the newest trailer.
Alan Wake 2 news
Shawn Ashmore joins Alan Wake 2's cast
The star of 2016's Quantum Break, Shawn Ashmore, will feature in Alan Wake 2, as revealed by Sam Lake on Twitter. He will play a character called Tim Breaker. Not much is known about him at present.
Alan Wake 2 receives a 10-day delay
Alan Wake 2's October 17 release date has been pushed back to October 27, as announced by Remedy Entertainment. With how many games are releasing in October, such as Marvel's Spider-Man 2 and Assassin's Creed: Mirage, the decision to delay the release of Alan Wake 2 has been made to provide players with enough time to enjoy alternative titles prior to its release.
Alan Wake 2 now has build that can be played from start to finish
In February 2023, Remedy's CEO Tero Virtala announced that "Alan Wake 2 is in full production... and it is playable from start to finish" (via Video Games Chronicle). Virtala went on to say that the studio "will then move on to polishing the experience", affirming that "Alan Wake is a unique brand that holds high value for the company today."
It'll remain third-person with original voice actors returning
Sam Lake has confirmed on Twitter that Alan Wake 2 will be third-person, like the first game, and that voice actors from the original game (Ilkka Villi and Matthew Porretta) will return for the sequel.
That's everything you need to know about Alan Wake 2 so far. For more on the game, be sure to read our article on how Remedy tells a story better than anyone else in gaming.
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