Alan Wake 2 is official – experience Remedy’s “very first survival horror game”

Alan Wake 2 is finally official. Finnish developer Remedy used the recent Game Awards to reveal a 58-second trailer for the upcoming game. Xbox 360 action hit Alan Wake will finally have a sequel in 2023, 13 years after the original game launched.

Looking back, maybe we should have seen this announcement coming. After all, Remedy recently gave Alan Wake a mini-cover, with the main character first appearing in the DLC for Control and then receiving a full-fledged remaster for current and next-gen consoles.

This remaster marked the first time Alan Wake has appeared on PlayStation hardware. It looks like the character’s Xbox and PC exclusivity is really broken, as the sequel is destined for the Xbox Series X / S, PlayStation 5, and PC through the Epic Games Store.

While the first game and its standalone DLC, American Nightmare, were more action games with horror elements, it looks like this sequel is going to turn things around. The trailer says so, and Sam Lake, Creative Director of Remedy confirmed it after its launch. He describe Alan Wake 2 as the studio’s “very first survival horror game”.

“The first game had horror elements, but it was an action game,” he continued. “And we think it’s the perfect genre to bring the story and gameplay closer than ever before. Because horror story is at the heart of it all, and it’s a psychologically layered deep mystery.

That’s about all we’re getting at the moment, however. Lake rightly said the team “will go dark to work on this”. He did, however, promise more information in the summer of 2022.

It just goes to show that you should never give up hope that your old favorites will be relaunched no matter how much time has passed. Indeed, next year will see the launch of Stalker 2, a whole 12 years after Call of Pripyat wowed PC gamers. You’ll have to use a ridiculous amount of Xbox Series space to play it, though.

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