The PlayStation Showcase has come and gone, treating us to glimpses of Assassin’s Creed Mirage, Spider-Man 2, and the upcoming Alan Wake 2. The follow-up to the cult classic, viewers got a better look at the gameplay with a new trailer showing imagined environments and immersive lighting. Meanwhile, its developer is optimistic about the game and explained what we saw.
On Twitter, Remedy’s director of communications, Thomas Puha, clarified that the Alan Wake 2 trailer shown at the PlayStation presentation “works 100% on PlayStation 5”. For some reason, Puha really wanted to emphasize, maybe emphasize, that this is a current generation game that doesn’t compromise. “In 2021, we said that we would greatly accelerate the graphics,” he continued.
Remedy isn’t shy about how proud it is of its upcoming game, with Puha saying the team thinks it’s going to have “the best looking game of 2023,” which is no small feat. To say that Alan Wake 2 will be the most visually impressive game of the year means that it will beat the likes of Horizon Forbidden West Burning Shores, Resident Evil 4, Atomic Heart and upcoming titles like Final Fantasy 16 and Spider-Man 2. He is already in good company.
But Alan Wake and Remedy seem to have some big fans, not least Mike Ybarra, president of Blizzard Entertainment, who answered to Pooh’s tweet with: “Can’t wait to play this! Congrats!” We also learned earlier that Remedy is internally very happy with the quality of the product it makes.
In a business document shared last month, Remedy said that “Alan Wake 2 is well on its way to becoming a great game and has excited everyone at Remedy”. The document also revealed more details about Control 2 and Max Payne 1+2 remakes.
However, the launch of Alan Wake 2 will not be without a bit of controversy. Shortly after the PlayStation Showcase, Remedy revealed that Alan Wake 2 will be a digital-only release for PC and consoles, with the stated reason being to ensure the game is sold at a lower price and because apparently most gamers aren’t buying physical copies anymore. Remedy pointed to the digital-only version of the PS5 and Xbox Series S.
“It’s not unusual to release modern games as digital only,” the FAQ reads. “Second, not releasing a disc helps keep the game priced at $59.99 / €59.99 and the PC version at $49.99 / €49.99.” Yes, if you haven’t noticed, the console versions of the game will also be $10 more expensive than the PC version. No reason was given for this. So expect digital only in the foreseeable future for Alan Wake 2, with the game slated for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC on October 17th.
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