Update 2 - Alan Wake 2 has confirmed a release date, with the game coming October 17, 2023. Check out the new trailer, just below:
UPDATE 1 - It's the PlayStation Showcase tonight, starting at 9pm BST, and who knows, maybe we'll see Alan Wake 2 make an appearance. We know Remedy has been hard at work on the game behind the scenes, but tonight's showcase could be the perfect opportunity to finally pull back the curtain and make a big reveal for the release date. Fingers crossed we get some sort of announcment later tonight, and should anything drop, you can be sure we'll keep this page updated with all the latest intel. For now, here's the stream to watch the show:
[Original Story Follows] - More than a decade later, Alan Wake will be coming back for yet another scintillating adventure in the long-awaited sequel, Alan Wake 2. With Remedy Entertainment back at the helm, this time around, we’ll be seeing a different version of the titular character picking up events from the conclusion of the first game.
Featuring terrifying environments, a move to survival horror and a jump scare, the trailer looks to have exceeded fans expectations for the long-awaited sequel. Here’s everything we know so far about the Alan Wake sequel including its release date, platforms, its story and gameplay details.
Update on 24 May 2023: We've updated this article with the latest news and info on 'Alan Wake 2', its release date, and more.
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When will Alan Wake 2 be released?
As of writing, developer Remedy Entertainment hasn’t provided specific details on the game’s release date. However, the developer has planned to release Alan Wake 2 sometime in 2023.
This story is a monster. And monsters wear many faces.— Alan Wake (@alanwake) December 10, 2021
The writer returns in Alan Wake 2.
Shed some light on the announcement trailer: https://t.co/OkfZnrWPqp
Presented by @EpicGamesPub. Coming in 2023 to PC on the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. #AlanWakepic.twitter.com/ZYMmcv1HFh
Which platforms will Alan Wake 2 be released on?
Alan Wake 2 will be arriving on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and PC via Epic Games Store. No word if there are plans to release the game on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
Alan Wake 2 story details
Following the release of Control in 2019, the developer confirmed that Control and Alan Wake exist in the same universe. The titular character was referenced in Case Files throughout the Control map before appearing in the AWE expansion as the protagonist.
Based on what we saw from the teaser trailer that premiered at The Game Awards, it doesn’t give much on the game’s plot but according to Creative Director for Remedy Entertainment, Sam Lake, the narrative will “eat you alive”.
Alan Wake appears to have returned to Bright Falls, but the small, quaint town doesn’t appear to look or feel the same. After the first game, Alan Wake was trapped as he was trying to hold back the Dark Place and this may be the reason why we may be getting an alternate version of Bright Falls.
Alan Wake 2 gameplay details
Alan Wake 2 will be the studio’s first foray into the survival horror genre. The developer has made it known that this will be their take on the genre that has been going through a resurgence largely due to games like Outlast, The Evil Within and the last two Resident Evil entries.
While we can safely assume that the developer will implement familiar gameplay mechanics like interaction, tension and being isolated, we can also expect to see the return of more familiar mechanics we have seen in Alan Wake.
The trailer did utilise a jump scare to terrify audiences of what to expect in the sequel, but we’re unclear if Remedy will be featuring this mechanic throughout the game.
One of the prominent gameplay mechanics that will be making a return in the sequel is the significance of light. In the first game, light was Alan Wake’s most 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 teaser trailer where we saw the titular character clutching the lamp whilst standing in the rain.
Everything is certainly not what it seems but we can tell that Remedy will instil fear in players when Alan Wake makes his highly-anticipated return in 2023.
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Featured image courtesy of Remedy Entertainment.