After years of speculation, Alan Wake 2 is finally a reality.
The long-awaited sequel to Remedy’s 2010 cult classic has been revealed with an ominous CGI reveal trailer debuting at The Game Awards 2021 (opens in new tab) and will mark a change for the series. That’s because, according to the developer, this upcoming entry will be a full-fledged survival horror title. Its predecessor, on the other hand, is best considered an action game with horror elements.
thanks to a Epic Game Store listing, we can confirm that Alan Wake 2 has an “intense atmosphere and twisted, layered psychological story”. In other words, expect more chills and terror with Alan’s next adventure.
Aside from these details, Remedy has kept its lips tight when it comes to the Alan Wake sequel. While it initially promised to share more information in “Summer 2022”, that window is gone, leaving a little clear when we find out more details about Alan Wake 2.
Until then, we have gathered all the details that Does learn about the next entry in the Alan Wake series, here. So read on for everything we know so far about Alan Wake 2, including all the latest news and rumors.
Alan Wake 2: straight to the point
- What is it? The continuation of the psychological thriller Alan Wake
- When can I play? TBC 2023
- What can I play on? PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC (via Epic Game Store)
Alan Wake 2 release date and platforms
There’s still time to wait until we can get our hands on the long-awaited Alan Wake sequel. Remedy Entertainment has confirmed that Alan Wake 2 will be released in 2023, although an exact date has not been confirmed.
Remedy also confirmed that Alan Wake 2 will be available on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PC (via the Epic Game Store). While Alan Wake Remastered is coming to Nintendo Switch in Fall 2022 (probably between September and November), we don’t expect to see Alan Wake 2 hit the platform at launch.
Alan Wake 2 trailer
The Game Awards 2021 Announcement
Alan Wake 2 was officially announced at The Game Awards 2021 with an announcement trailer lasting just under a minute. The CGI is as dark and sinister as you’d expect, showing a crime scene with a bloodied body on an altar before cutting to Alan standing on a road in ever-changing locations amid torrential rain. “This story is about a monster,” says Alan. “And monsters wear a lot of faces.”
This certainly looks like a shift towards a more survival horror genre and we can’t wait to see how this develops. Check out the trailer below:
Alan Wake 2 news and rumors
Below, we’ve rounded up all the latest Alan Wake 2 news and rumors. Details are a little thin at the moment, but we’ll update this page when we find out more.
No updates in summer 2022
Despite originally planning to share more details in “Summer 2022”, Remedy has now moved away from that. Speaking of your May Anniversary Update on Youtube (opens in new tab)Sam Lake, creative director at Remedy, confirmed that while “everything is going well”, this is not the right time for it.
“Everything with the development of Alan Wake 2 is going very well. We are in full production, we have a lot of material and a lot of the game is playable. But we have been talking for the last two months and we have reached the decision here at Remedy, together with our wonderful publisher Epic Games, that we won’t be showing anything big this summer.
“Creating a proper and polished demo or trailer takes a lot of effort, and it takes several months of work that can hamper development. We feel like we have momentum and we want to make sure that we’re creating the best and first survival horror game for Remedy,” Lake continues.
As such, don’t expect to see new demos or trailers just yet, but you can watch this update in full below:
Will continue in third person with the original voice actors returning
Sam Lake confirmed in twitter (opens in new tab) that Alan Wake 2 will be in third person, like the first game, and that the voice actors from the original game (Ilkka Villi and Matthew Porretta) will return for the sequel.
crossover with control
Could Control’s AWE expansion hint at what we can expect from Alan Wake 2? It certainly sounds like that. On a PlayStation blog post (opens in new tab)Remedy Entertainment Creative Director Sam Lake hinted at the crossovers between Control and Alan Wake 2.
“With Control, our 2019 game, we established the Remedy Connected Universe, where both Control and Alan Wake exist in the same universe,” Lake wrote in the blog post. “AWE, Control’s second expansion, creates a crossover event between the two games and hints at what’s to come.”
You don’t need to play Alan Wake to enjoy the sequel
According to Sam Lake, you don’t need to play the first Alan Wake or Alan Wake Remastered to play Alan Wake 2. PlayStation blog post (opens in new tab) announcing the PS5 sequel, Lake said, “I also want to make it clear that playing our previous games is by no means necessary to get the most out of Alan Wake 2, but for those interested, this will add to the backstory.”