Remedy Entertainment has delayed the release date of its upcoming survival horror game, Alan Wake 2, by one week. While it was originally announced to launch on 17 October, it will now be launching on 27 October for consoles and PC. The developer claims that it delayed the release of the game in order to give “more space for everyone to enjoy their favorite games” in the busy month of October.
“October is an amazing month for game launches and we hope this date shift gives more space for everyone to enjoy their favorite games,” said Remedy in a recent update. October this year will see the release of several anticipated titles including Forza Motorsport, Lords of The Fallen, Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, Super Mario Bros. Wonder, Alone in the Dark and much more.
This isn’t the first time that a studio has shifted the release date of its game around to potentially side-step the busy October window. Earlier this week, Ubisoft moved the release of Assassin’s Creed Mirage up by one week to 5 October.
Back in May, Remedy Entertainment revealed that Alan Wake 2 would receive a digital-only launch, namely to keep the game’s retail price under $70 whilen noting the shift in players moving towards digital. As the developer explained:
“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.”
Alan Wake 2 launches on 17 October 2023 for PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Remedy Entertainment