The authentic Alan Wake is a sport that went by way of fairly a troubled improvement earlier than it was lastly launched. After many iterations and modifications in scope and path, the ultimate product was initially a cult hit, however didn’t hit the mass promote it wanted — no less than not initially. After two DLC episodes, a sequel was within the works to construct upon the primary sport and revive a few of the parts that needed to be lower from the primary to ensure that it to ship, however this was finally not meant to be. The sequel was cancelled and a smaller downloadable sport, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, was launched as an alternative.
Since then, we hadn’t heard from our intrepid author till he confirmed up in a not possible place. Featured within the AWE enlargement for a totally completely different sport, Control, Alan was again within the image. With a remaster of the primary sport catching everybody up on his first look, now was the proper time to announce that the long-awaited sequel was again in improvement. So far, all we have now to go on is the preliminary reveal trailer, plus another hints given right here and there to sift by way of, however right here is every part we learn about Alan Wake 2.
We’re not out of the woods simply but. Alan Wake 2 remains to be a far methods off from completion, with the discharge window placing it someday in 2023. Considering the one trailer we have now is totally CGI, with no trace of gameplay in any respect, something earlier than late 2023 doesn’t appear probably. Developer Remedy did say it might have extra to say in summer time 2022, so we’ll preserve you posted on the discharge window.
The trailer did make it clear the place we might be capable of play Alan Wake 2. It will launch on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and S, in addition to the Epic Game Store for PC.
The announcement trailer is transient, however has some attention-grabbing particulars hidden inside it. It opens on a taped-off crime scene within the woods that appears very very similar to a location from the primary sport. There’s a lifeless physique on a picket or stone desk, and a shadowy determine within the distance. Alan begins a monologue about tales because the scene shifts to a metropolis road, presumably New York, on a wet night time, with that very same determine remaining within the scene.
The digital camera continues to drag in because the scene warps as soon as once more to a road in Bright Falls, the placement Alan Wake occurred in, earlier than shifting again to town location. Alan finishes his monologue because the digital camera reveals that the determine we’ve been drawn to is, actually, Alan Wale himself. He turns round, holding up a light-weight, claiming that “This story will eat you alive.” As he turns and divulges his face, Alan whispers the ultimate line: “This story is a monster, and monsters wear many faces.” We’re handled to a flash of Alan’s face, cheeks and bared tooth splattered with blood earlier than the title drops.
Without getting too deep into spoilers or lore, primarily based on the conclusion of Alan Wake, that last face probably doesn’t belong to Alan himself, however fairly to his doppelganger, dubbed Mr. Scratch, who torments our author, who trapped himself within the Dark Place beneath a lake (or is it an ocean?). The new sport can also be going to be set publish Control DLC, the place Alan made an look, although Remedy states that taking part in that story isn’t required for understanding Alan Wake 2.
The final trace we might tease out of this teaser was a tiny element within the moments we see of Bright Falls. The streets are, whereas abandoned, embellished for the annual Deer Fest celebrations. In Alan Wake, you go to the city because it’s being ready for the 68th Deer Fest, however within the trailer, the signal reads “Deer Fest 81.” That would set the sequel 13 years after the occasions of the primary sport, the identical hole between the primary sport and the sequel releasing.
While we haven’t seen a single body of gameplay but, Remedy artistic director Sam Lake and the staff have spoken about what we are able to anticipate Alan Wake 2 to play like in just a few transient quotes. First, this sport is claimed to be the studio’s first true survival horror sport. The authentic Alan Wake, in addition to Control, each had horror parts, however didn’t lean totally into that style. Control specifically was way more of an motion sport. Alan Wake solely had some mild useful resource administration along with your ammo and batteries, however was extra about exploring scary locations and preventing horror-themed enemies than really attempting to be scary. As Lake himself put it: “The first game had horror elements to it, but it was an action game … The story, horror story, is at the very heart of this, and it’s a psychological, layered, deep mystery.”
In an interview, Lake said that “we are diving deeper than ever, into an ocean of darkness,” and that Alan Wake 2 could be a “chilling experience with familiar psychological horror elements.” We additionally discovered that the age ranking could be bumped as much as an M, whereas the primary sport acquired a T ranking. This might permit for much extra freedom in how the staff desires to capitalize on this new concentrate on horror.
We additionally discovered by way of Lake’s Twitter that Alan Wake 2 would stay a third-person sport, similar to the primary and Control. It may also mark the return of each Ilkka Villi and Matthew Porretta bringing Alan Wake himself to life. Light has all the time been a significant part in Alan Wake, its DLCs, spinoff, and even the AWE enlargement of Control, so we anticipate it to be a significant mechanic as soon as once more. The incontrovertible fact that we see Alan holding a light-weight within the trailer reinforces that.
In the primary sport, mild was a secure house from the first enemies referred to as The Taken, who had been folks, animals, and even objects that had been corrupted by darkness. Light was additionally wanted to burn away the darkness defending The Taken to ensure that you to have the ability to injury them along with your regular weapons. Considering Alan Wake 2 is being billed as a extra survival horror sport than motion, we suspect there to be some modifications to this mechanic. Perhaps mild stays a restricted useful resource and a sign of secure areas, however can solely be used to stun or keep away from enemies fairly than open them as much as assault.
Until a brand new trailer or demo reveals us what the sport is definitely like, all we are able to do is craft fan fiction.
There’s no purpose to even contemplate multiplayer being included in Alan Wake 2. Not solely was there no multiplayer within the first sport, however hardly any pure survival horror video games dare to disrupt the stress or ambiance by bringing multiple participant into the sport. Additionally, Remedy has by no means made a sport in tits historical past that included multiplayer, courting again to the primary two Max Payne video games. While there’s no purpose that it couldn’t develop into this territory, Alan Wake 2 feels just like the final place the corporate would begin experimenting with multiplayer.
Alan Wake and Control each had very stable DLC episodes that furthered the tales after the primary video games, and we’d like to see that proceed. Alan Wake’s DLCs are even thought of to be the most effective components of that authentic sport, and Control’s DLC solidified the connection between the universes of each video games. If Alan Wake 2 follows the identical episodic construction of the primary, including in DLC episodes could be a simple match. Plus, if she’s not a part of the primary sport, it might be an incredible place to flip the script a bit and have a DLC crossover once more with Jesse from Control.
Alan Wake 2 is, at minimal, nonetheless just below two years away. Setting up pre-orders now could be a bit overeager, particularly with nothing however a CGI trailer to indicate. As talked about, Remedy is planning to offer us extra info on Alan Wake 2 subsequent summer time. Whether that’s one other trailer, weblog publish, or pre-order info, we’ll make sure that to maintain you updated.