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Alan Wake 2 Release Date Confirmed, Summer Game Fest News & More

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming survival horror title Alan Wake 2, including its release date, story, gameplay, price, and more.
Alan Wake 2 Release Date Confirmed, Summer Game Fest News & More

Alan Wake 2 is the much-anticipated sequel to 2010's psychological thriller, Alan Wake. Unlike its predecessor, it's a full-blown survival horror title, a first of its kind from Remedy Entertainment. The 13-years-in-the-making sequel was revealed at The Game Awards 2021.

Since then, the studio has slowly and steadily provided details that should excite any Remedy or survival horror fan. With that said, here's everything you need to know about Alan Wake 2, including its story, setting, gameplay, platforms, price, and more. 

6 September 2023: This article has been updated with all the latest news and updates for Alan Wake 2.

Alan Wake 2 Latest News

New Alan Wake 2 Gameplay Showcases Saga Anderson 

IGN has released 11 minutes of new Alan Wake 2 gameplay that puts the spotlight on one of the game's protagonists, Saga Anderson, as she explores the quaint town of Brightfalls, interacts with various NPCs, and eventually takes down some shadow enemies. 

Alan Wake 2 Release Date Delayed

Remedy Entertainment has delayed the release date for Alan Wake 2 by 10 days. Alan Wake 2 will now release on 27 October 2023.

Alan Wake 2 Release Date & Platforms

Alan Wake 2 arrives on27 October 2023 for PC (Epic Games Store), PS5, and Xbox Series X/S. The game was originally set to release on 17 October 2023. 

Alan Wake 2 Story & Protagonists Explained

Alan Wake 2 takes place 13 years after the events of the original. Wake, the horror writer remains trapped in an alternate reality he manifested from his writings. In the real world, an FBI agent named Saga Anderson starts to investigate ritualistic murders in Bright Falls (the setting of the first game) and slowly gets wrapped up in a similar nightmare as Alan Wake on the other side.

The game features two playable protagonists, each navigating the horrors of their own realities. While the story kicks off with Anderson, Remedy has confirmed that after reaching a certain story junction, you will be able to choose between playing Wake and Anderson's respective storylines in any order you want.

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Alan Wake 2 takes place in two different realities. (Picture: Remedy Entertainment)

Alan Wake 2 Setting

As mentioned previously, Alan Wake 2 takes place in two different realities. Saga Anderson's story takes place in the Pacific Northwest region of North America, featuring fictionalized locations like Bright Falls, the woods surrounding Cauldron Lake, and the town of Watery. Alan Wake's story takes place in the nightmarish alternate reality called Dark Place, which's loosely based on the streets of New York City. Since Alan Wake 2 is part of RCU (Remedy Connected Universe), expect to see some familiar places (and faces, but more on that later), for instance, the Oceanview Hotel from Control. 

Alan Wake 2 Gameplay

Like the original, Alan Wake 2 plays from a third-person perspective with gunplay being the primary way to fend off enemies. Both Anderson and Wake also seem to carry a flashlight, which, like the original, should be useful against shadowy monsters. 

One of the prominent gameplay mechanics from that first game saw Alan Wake using light as a powerful weapon in dispelling enemies who were consumed by darkness. From flare guns, flashlights to the reading lamp, light weapons were proven to be more important than traditional weapons such as handguns, shotguns and knives. This was confirmed in the first teaser trailer where we saw the titular character clutching the lamp whilst standing in the rain.

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Alan Wake 2 plays from a third-person perspective. (Picture: Remedy Entertainment)

Alan Wake 2 Pricing, Pre-order Bonuses, and Editions

Alan Wake 2 is getting a digital-only release across PC, PS5, and Xbox Series consoles. On its official website, Remedy has stated three reasons why there won't be a physical version, with the most notable one being that it helps keep the game's price in check. 

The standard edition of Alan Wake 2 costs $49.99 / €49.99 / £39.99 on PC, whereas it costs $59.99 / €59.99/ £49.99 on consoles, something that's surprisingly lower than most modern AAA releases.

Pre-ordering Alan Wake 2 on any platform will get you the following items: 

  • Ornate Revolver Skin for Alan
  • Survival Resources Pack for Saga

The Deluxe edition of Alan Wake 2 costs $69.99 / €69.99 / £54.99 on PC, whereas it costs $79.99 / €79.99 / £64.99 on consoles

The Deluxe Edition also consists of: 

  • Expansion Pass (Night Springs Expansion and Lake House Expansion)
  • Nordic Shotgun Skin for Saga (Part of the Expansion Pass)
  • Parliament Shotgun Skin for Alan
  • Crimson Windbreaker for Saga
  • Celebrity Suit for Alan
  • Lantern Charm for Saga
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Alan Wake 2 is now available to pre-order. (Picture: Remedy Entertainment)

Alan Wake 2 Will Have DLCs

As mentioned above, yes, Alan Wake 2 will get two paid story expansions - Night Spring and the Lake House. You can get them both by purchasing the Deluxe Edition of the game. Nothing else is known about these upcoming story DLCs though you find them scope-wise similar to Control's expansion packs. Remedy has also confirmed that there will be free content release post-launch, but there are no details on them whatsoever.

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Two paid story DLCs are coming to Alan Wake 2 post-launch. (Picture: Remedy Entertainment)

Is Alan Wake 2 connected to other Remedy Entertainment games?

Yes. Aside from being a direct sequel to the first game, Alan Wake 2 is also part of Remedy's connected universe. Expect references to the characters and events from games like Control and Quantum Break. Characters like Ahti, the Janitor from Control, may as well make an appearance.

Notable survival horror enthusiast Dusk Golem has also made a massive analysis thread for Alan Wake 2, pinpointing all the connections between this upcoming game and Remedy's past endeavors.

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Alan Wake 2 is part of Remedy Connected Universe. (Picture: Remedy Entertainment)

However, with all that said, Remedy has confirmed that newcomers can still enjoy Alan Wake 2 without any knowledge of the previous game as well as other Remedy titles.

That's everything you need to know about Alan Wake 2