Developer Remedy Entertainment dropped the first gameplay trailer for its upcoming survival horror game, Alan Wake 2, during the recent PlayStation Showcase. As initially promised by its 2023 release window, the sequel will officially launch this October for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. However, those planning on purchasing a physical copy of the game will be out of luck as Remedy also confirmed that it will only receive a digital launch.
The gameplay trailer for Alan Wake 2 showed off the game’s gorgeous visuals and haunting, off-kilter atmosphere. Playing from an over-the-shoulder perspective, players will seemingly have to contend with horrors in the dark, driven by a compelling narrative with some excellent performances. Alan Wake 2 will arrive on consoles and PC on 17 October this year, so mark your calendar.
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Remedy Entertainment has also confirmed that Alan Wake 2 will only launch digitally and not receive a physical launch. As the developer explains, this was done in for a few reasons, namely to keep the price under $70 (fantastic) and noted the shift in players moving more towards playing games digitally today:
“There are many reasons for this. For one, a large number of games have shifted to digital only. You can buy a Sony PlayStation 5 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. Secondly, not releasing a disc helps keep the price of the game at $59.99 / €59.99 and the PC version at $49.99 / €49.99. Finally, we did not want to ship a disc product and have it require a download for the game — we do not think this would make for a great experience either.”
The argument is sound and Remedy has a good point, especially in light of South Africa being hit with price hikes for physical retail games. This problem will only persist and it’s good to know that Alan Wake 2 won’t cost us a kidney and a leg to play.
Alan Wake 2 launches on 17 October 2023 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC. Check out the gameplay trailer below:
Source: Remedy Entertainment