During last night’s PlayStation Showcase, Remedy has finally shown a gameplay trailer for Alan Wake 2however, officially unbuttoning the release date: as indeed revealed by the voice actor of the protagonist a few days ago, on October 17th we will find Alan Wake again, disappeared in 2010 while on vacation in the Pacific Northwest with his wife, and forced to face a supernatural dark force capable of transposing into the real world the horror novel he was writing. After saving his wife, Alan was trapped but did not die. He endured the hell of the Dark Place, the alternate dimension from which originated the presence that hunted him, for 13 long years, and he has seen his stories, his nightmares and his fears take physical form and continue to haunt him. Throughout his imprisonment he had to fight to keep the last glimmer of sanity intact and write a story that would change the reality around him, allowing him to open up a way to escape. But so far, sadly, it has failed.
Alan Wake 2: There’s something I’m forgetting
In the meantime, a series of ritualistic killings rocks Bright Falls, the small rural community where Alan and his wife thought they had found refuge. Saga Anderson, an experienced FBI agent, is put in charge of the investigation, and he will soon find himself joining forces with the writer on a desperate journey between two parallel but distinct realities, deeply linked in a way that not even they can fully understand. During the adventure, we will therefore be able to experience the stories of Alan and Saga ed witnessing events unfold from different perspectivesfrom Anderson’s life-and-death race to solve the case to Wake’s desperate attempts to rewrite his reality to escape the depths of the Dark Place. The two alternate worlds promise to be equally beautiful and terrifying, each with a rich cast of supporting characters and deadly dangers, and range from the majestic landscapes of Cauldron Lake to the idyllic towns of Bright Falls and Watery, intersected by the nightmarish cityscape that characterizes the Dark Place. With the limited resources available, it will be difficult to deal closely with the sinister supernatural creatures that lurk in the shadows. Just like in the original, a gun is not enough to survive: light remains the ultimate weapon in the fight against darkness and it will be our only hope when enemies threaten to overwhelm us. To report as Alan Wake 2 is of course a sequel, but was structured as a standalone experience. Newcomers can therefore enjoy the thrill of discovery without knowing the predecessor even if, of course, for longtime fans there’s tons of subtext and connections to unravel with the continuation of the adventure.
Every word is a step forward into the darkness
One of the most controversial decisions made by Remedy for the second chapter of Alan Wake is to distribute it digitally only. The developers have given three specific reasons for this choice: First, a large number of users have abandoned the purchase of physical copies. Today you can buy a PlayStation 5 without a disc drive, and Microsoft’s Xbox Series S is a digital-only console, so it’s not uncommon for modern games to be released only in this format. Secondly, the fact of not having to deal with the production and distribution costs of the discs helps keep the price of the game at $59.99 / €59.99 and the PC version at $49.99 / €49.99. Bottom line, they didn’t want to ship a build to optical media that would then require an additional download before you could actually play. a practice that they say never represents a good calling card. I admit I sympathize with Remedy’s arguments: I haven’t bought a physical game in years and I’m happy to see that Alan Wake 2 won’t be the next 70 euro title also by virtue of this stance. But I strongly believe that games should be offered in both digital and physical editions, especially since the latter may be a better option for those who have poor Internet connections or want to collect the games for historical and sentimental reasons. THQ Nordic did however offer to pay for the physical PC version, due to the fact that they were distributing the original at the time, through a nice and slightly provocative tweet which calls Remedy into question, so perhaps the last word has not been said on the matter…
Piattaforme: PC, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S
Sviluppatore: Remedy Entertainment
Publisher: Epic Games Publishing
Release date: October 17, 2023
With three different locations to explore and a plethora of subplots to link together to get the full picture of what’s going on in Bright Falls, the story promises to be full of surprises and twists, a notable strength of the original. Alan Wake 2 will be available for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S this fall, and will be supported post-launch by free content and two previously announced paid expansions: Night Springs and Lake House.