“This story is a monster and monsters wear many faces.” Alan Wake 2 is coming!
Alan Wake is an action-adventure game that was developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Microsoft Studios in 2010.
Remedy Entertainment is the company behind other popular games as well such as the first two installments of the Max Payne franchise, Max Payne (2001) and Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne (2003), Quantum Break (2016), and Control (2019).
After over a decade, the sequel to Alan Wake (2010), Alan Wake 2 was announced at The Game Awards 2021. According to Remedy Entertainment, Alan Wake 2 will be a survival horror game, a first for the company.
We will go through everything that we currently have information on about the highly-anticipated sequel to Alan Wake, Alan Wake 2.
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Alan Wake 2 Release Date
The quick answer is in 2023.
Based on the announcement trailer of Alan Wake 2 released at The Game Awards 2021, the release date of the game is set in 2023. However, Remedy Entertainment has yet to announce a specific date for the release of the game.
Alan Wake 2 will be available to the PC via the Epic Games Store. The game will also be optimized for the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X and S.
In terms of system requirements especially for the PC, the information is not yet available. But, a baseline can be established using Control’s PC requirements.
Alan Wake 2 Trailer
Remedy Entertainment has only released an announcement trailer on Alan Wake 2 in December 2021.
The trailer does not reveal that much information about the game. However, the overall feel of the game, being the first survival horror title from Remedy Entertainment, is palpable.
It follows Alan Wake in the middle of a cinematic shot across different places and scenarios.
The first scene shows Alan Wake in the middle of a crime scene with a lot of evidence markers around the vicinity of a bloody dead body on what looks like a table in a dark abandoned forest. A small silhouette of Alan Wake can be seen in the middle of the shot but a little bit far back.
The scene then transitions to a dark and rainy street in what seems to be New York City as seen on the subway sign design. The street name is Caldera based on the subway station’s name.
The cinematic shot moves forward closer and closer to Alan Wake as his figure becomes bigger in each frame.
The following scene transitioned again into the town of Bright Falls. Based on the decorations, the deserted town seems to be celebrating some sort of festivities with colorful balloons and pennants.
The shot once again transitions into the previous street in New York City but this time Alan Wake is much closer. Once the camera is only a few feet away from Alan Wake, he turns around holding up a torch in his right hand.
Alan Wake then mutters the sentence which continues the narration: “This story is a monster and monsters wear many faces.”
The full 1-minute announcement trailer can be watched here:
Alan Wake 2 Gameplay
The trailer, as stated earlier, did not reveal much information about Alan Wake 2. It also shows a disclaimer in the first scene that the trailer is not from the actual gameplay of the game.
Keep in mind that Alan Wake 2 is the first title from Remedy Entertainment that will be part of the survival horror genre of video games. The company states that the game will be different from the psychological thriller of Alan Wake (2010).
Avoiding the nitty-gritty details of the Alan Wake lore, one significant aspect shown in the trailer is that the final persona shown in the final scene is not Alan Wake himself, but rather his doppelganger named Mr. Scratch.
This information is revealed in the conclusion of Alan Wake and since the upcoming game will be the sequel, the storyline is expected to continue. Mr. Scratch is the one that harasses Alan Wake, who went to the Dark Place underneath a lake or ocean and trapped himself.
Alan Wake 2 will be set after the events that took place in another one of Remedy Entertainment’s games, Control (2019), wherein Alan Wake made an appearance in the game.
Another hint from the trailer is a tiny detail in the Bright Falls scene. As stated earlier, the streets are decorated for Deer Fest which is celebrated annually.
In Alan Wake, the town celebrates its 68th Deer Fest. In the trailer, a banner reads “Deer Fest 81.” Alan Wake 2’s timeline is in parallel with the same 13-year gap from Alan Wake’s release in 2010.
Nevertheless, it is important to note that Sam Lake, one of the directors for Alan Wake 2 and the chief writer for Alan Wake (2010), stated that players do not need to play the previous titles to understand the storyline of Alan Wake 2.
In terms of gameplay, Lake also confirmed that Alan Wake 2 will remain as a third-person game, the same as Remedy Entertainment’s previous titles. The “light” game mechanic from the first Alan Wake game is expected to remain as well with maybe some rework since the game will focus more on survival and horror.
Light is an essential limited resource in the game that indicates safe locations. It also can be used to stun or remove darkness from enemies to open for an attack, and so on. The trailer reinforces the idea that the sequel will retain the light mechanic since the final scene shows Alan Wake holding a light.
In terms of multiplayer, Alan Wake 2 is not expected to have a multiplayer option similar to the first Alan Wake game. Remedy Entertainment has yet to experiment and release a game with a multiplayer, and Alan Wake 2 is not the perfect candidate for such.
Alan Wake 2 News
Remedy Entertainment fully acquired the rights to Alan Wake in July 2019. Microsoft Studios owned the rights to the publishing of the game before even though Remedy Entertainment owns all other intellectual property rights to the series.
With the acquisition along with a one-time royalty payment of around €2.5 million from Microsoft, Remedy Entertainment can then develop any further sequels to the series starting with Alan Wake 2 without getting approval from Microsoft.
Remedy Entertainment and Epic Games Publishing announced a deal in 2021 consisting of releasing two games. The first game released via this partnership is Alan Wake Remastered in 2021 and the second will be Alan Wake 2 in 2023.
There is no information yet and it may be too early to tell, but in terms of future downloadable content, Alan Wake 2 is expected by fans to release additional content after the initial launch. Remedy Entertainment’s previous titles have had excellent DLCs, especially for Alan Wake and Control.
Alan Wake’s DLCs are regarded as the best parts of the original game. The developers also plan on reinforcing the “Remedy Connected Universe” which mixes both Alan Wake and Control storylines.
Based on Lake’s statements, the game will utilize the company’s own Northlight Engine that will focus on making a “chilling experience with familiar psychological horror elements.” Furthermore, he added that “we are diving deeper than ever, into an ocean of darkness.”
With this, Alan Wake 2 is rated to have M (Mature) content in contrast to its predecessor which has a T (Teen) rating. The new rating will give more freedom to the developers to capitalize on this new focus on horror.
Furthermore, Ilkka Villi, for the visuals and appearance, and Matthew Porretta, for the voice of Alan Wake, will return in the production of the game.
The next news and updates can be expected from June to September 2022. Lisa Dahlgren stated that “We are going to go ‘dark’ until Summer of 2022 when we’ll return to shed more light on the game.”
That is everything that we know about Alan Wake 2.
All the information in this article will be updated as soon as the latest announcements and news about the game are released. Stay tuned for more information.
Be careful out there. Monsters wear many faces.