Alan Wake II simply received a launch date, confirming a tip from earlier this week that steered a fall/ autumn window. Through the PlayStation Showcase occasion, held early Thursday, developer Treatment Leisure confirmed that the sequel to the supernatural horror recreation will likely be out on October 17, throughout PC, PS5, and Xbox Collection S/X. New protagonist FBI Agent Saga Anderson shares the stage with our titular hero on this sequel, which additionally diverts its style in direction of survival horror. The studio additionally dropped a gameplay trailer for a similar, which appears fairly paying homage to the current Resident Evil remakes — that is a optimistic.
The Alan Wake 2 trailer opens with a voiceover from Wake, who seems to be trapped contained in the echoing abyss that’s the Darkish Place. “I am trapped right here… on this nightmare,” he says, as we see flashing glimpses of some bald man getting tied down and feasted upon by masked cultists in a forest. “I write to flee. Each phrase is a step ahead into darkness.” The writing appears fairly monologue-heavy and fragmented, which has to do with the sport’s structuring. With the inclusion of the brand new protagonist, gamers can play both Wake or Anderson’s respective tales in any order they need. Their journeys are intertwined, however every lead towards separate disturbing pathways to unfurl the thriller surrounding a collection of ritualistic murders that threaten Brilliant Falls — sure, that is the identical location as the unique Alan Wake.
On the official website, inventive director Sam Lake said that enjoying as FBI agent Anderson is the ‘good point-of-view’ for newcomers to the franchise, inviting gamers into Alan Wake’s supernatural world. “It is vital to us that Alan Wake 2 works as a stand-alone expertise but additionally has a ton of connections for our followers to search out,” he writes. The sequel kicks off with Anderson uncovering pages of a horror story, seemingly written by Wake himself, albeit the occasions described in it appear to have performed out precisely on this realm. It is described that the sufferer was one among Anderson’s colleagues FBI Particular Agent Robert Nightingale, who was seemingly chasing after a author (presumably Wake), earlier than his eventual homicide. Tagging alongside for the case is agent Casey, performed by the sport’s author Sam Lake himself.
“We had been all trapped in a horror story,” Wake continues writing. “The horror story wished us useless.” We then minimize to some uncooked gameplay footage of Anderson approaching a dilapidated normal retailer with a gun in hand, counting on an over-the-shoulder perspective just like Resident Evil 4. As she continues investigating the indoors, a masked cultist wielding an axe breaks by way of the wall and proceeds to assault her. Fight appears to largely revolve round gunplay with no shows of melee fight, which begs the query of ammo conservation. In a associated PlayStation blog post, it’s revealed that Anderson’s story will play out throughout three hubs: the city of Brilliant Falls, the dense forest surrounding Cauldron Lake, and the run-down city of Watery. The final one appears to be adorned in cool neon lighting. In the meantime, Wake’s story is ready inside the Darkish Place, which is described as a ‘shifting, looping actuality.’
The sport’s FAQ page confirmed that Alan Wake 2 wouldn’t have a bodily CD launch, with Treatment attributing the explanations to a ‘giant quantity’ of individuals having shifted to digital-only codecs. “Secondly, not releasing a disc helps maintain the worth of the sport at $59.99 / €59.99 and the PC model at $49.99 / €49.99. Lastly, we didn’t wish to ship a disc product and have it require a obtain for the sport — we don’t suppose this could make for a terrific expertise both,” the web page reads.
Alan Wake II releases October 17 on PC, PS5, and Xbox Collection S/X. Pre-orders are actually dwell throughout all platforms.