Alan Wake 2 Review Embargo Date and Preload Details Revealed

The review embargo date and pre-load date for the much-anticipated survival horror game, Alan Wake 2, have been unveiled.

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Alan Wake 2 Review Embargo Date and Preload Details Revealed

Alan Wake 2 Review Embargo Date and Early Access

On October 26, 2023, at 9 AM Eastern Time, just a day before the game's official release on October 27, 2023, is the official Alan Wake 2 Review Embargo date, and critics are expected to share their thoughts on the latest installment of Alan Wake and the newcomer Saga Anderson's story.

According to information from PlayStation Size, Version 1.000.01 will have a size of 79.775 GB. The pre-load option for Alan Wake 2 is slated to go live on PlayStation Network on October 25, 2023, giving players two days to prepare before the game's launch. 

For those who pre-ordered a digital copy, it will come with the latest update pre-installed, although a day-one update might be rolled out closer to the release date on October 27, 2023. However, players who opt for the disc version will need to download the day one update.

Other Alan Wake 2 Details 

Interestingly, Alan Wake 2 is slated for a digital-only release, with no plans for a physical edition. This decision, made by Remedy, has sparked some discussion, especially considering there are no technical barriers to a physical release. 

THQ Nordic offered to release a physical version, but this offer was declined. There's speculation that someone at Remedy may be against a physical release. Initially, console players expressed concern about performance on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S due to high PC requirements. While assurances have been provided, it's implied that the PC version will offer a superior experience. Remedy also mentioned challenges in adapting the game for the less powerful Xbox Series S.

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Alan Wake 2 is slated for a digital-only release.

In a recent interview, Thomas Puha, the Communications Director at Remedy Entertainment, was asked about the Xbox Series S console and its impact on the studio. He explained that developing Alan Wake 2 for the Xbox Series S posed significant challenges. Puha clarified that while the CPU of the Xbox Series S is quite similar to that of the Xbox Series X, there's a notable disparity in GPU power. Additionally, the limited memory presents a substantial obstacle. 

Puha emphasized that scalability, often a topic in PC game development, isn't a concern on PC due to the ample memory available. He pointed out the significant power gap between the Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S, making it easier to adapt games on PC.

FAQs on Alan Wake 2

When is the Alan Wake 2 Release Date?

Alan Wake 2 will be released at midnight EST on October 27th in North America. Remedy has provided global release times for Alan Wake 2 as well.

Which Platforms will Alan Wake 2 be Available On?

Alan Wake 2 will be available on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X/S.

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How to Preload Alan Wake 2?

Alan Wake 2 will be available for preloading on consoles, as listed in the release time windows provided. As of now, there is no confirmed PC preload.

What are the PC Requirements for Alan Wake 2?

Remedy has previously revealed the PC specifications for Alan Wake 2. Notably, achieving 1080p / 30FPS will require an RTX 2060 / i5-7600K combination or AMD equivalents. For 4K, at minimum, an RTX 4070 will be needed, with an RTX 4080 recommended for high-end 2060p with ray tracing. And for a 1440p experience or 60FPS 1080p, at least an RTX 30 series graphics card or AMD equivalent will be necessary.

Will Alan Wake 2 be on Game Pass and Steam?

The sequel won't be on Game Pass or Steam at launch but will be available for normal purchase on Xbox Series X/S. Also, as per Remedy's deal with Epic Games, the PC version of Alan Wake 2 will be exclusive to the Epic Games Store for the foreseeable future.

What are the Pre-order Bonuses for Alan Wake 2?

Alan Wake 2's pre-order bonus content includes cosmetic skins and in-game resources. The Deluxe Edition also includes notable expansions like Night Springs and Lake House, along with additional skins and minor items for Alan and Saga.

Is Alan Wake 2 an open-world game and does it include multiplayer?

No. While the original was initially planned to be open-world, Remedy decided to opt for a more focused design. Alan Wake 2 will follow this approach and function more like the recent Resident Evil titles in terms of gameplay design. Also, Alan Wake 2 won't have any local or online co-op modes or multiplayer options.

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