Those hoping for a physical release of Alan Wake 2 were originally disappointed, as it transpired following the game’s PlayStation Showcase showing that the upcoming survival horror game will only be available digitally.
However, new hope has been given to fans following a reply tweet from publisher THQ Nordic, who appear to be offering their services to potentially bring the game to disk in the future – and noted their previous record with the series. “I mean… we did the disc version of Alan Wake for PC back in the day ICYMI 😉 And just because ONE person (or company) does not love physical, there is plenty who still do. Give it some thought. We’d love to go at it again! Full circle and all.”
A Q&A posted by Remedy Entertainment explained the reason for the decision to make Alan Wake 2 a digital only release. “There are many reasons for this. For one, a large number of players have shifted to digital only. You can buy a PlayStation 5 without a disc drive and Microsoft’s 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.”
Of course, the tweet isn’t a legally binding contract or agreement – and given Alan Wake 2 is published by Epic Games, they’ll almost certainly have to get involved from a legal standpoint too. But those interested in game preservation – or those or just want a physical copy to have on their shelf – will no doubt be pleased to have some hope to hold onto that Alan’s next adventure will get a physical release – even if it might not be right away.
We got a release date and a whole bunch of new details on Alan Wake 2 during last night’s PlayStation Showcase – including the fact that Alan won’t be the sole protagonist of the sequel. You’ll also be playing as new character Saga Anderson, an FBI agent investigating a series of murders in Bright Falls. The game will also get free content post-launch and two paid expansions by the names of Night Springs and Lake House, although further details are of course under wraps for the time being.
Alan Wake 2 arrives (in digital form) on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC via the Epic Game Store on October 17, 2023.
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