Treatment Leisure has began the advertising and marketing cycle for Alan Wake 2 in earnest, which suggests latest days have introduced loads of new story and gameplay particulars for the extremely anticipated survival horror sequel. A number of tidbits have stood out in that interval, from the sport that includes two playable protagonists – the titular Alan Wake and newcomer FBI profiler Saga Anderson – to the way it will permit gamers to swap between them to expertise the story nonetheless they need. That, as you may think, is one thing that’s additionally going so as to add loads of replay worth to the sport.
Talking in a latest interview with VGC, Alan Wake 2’s builders touched on that matter specifically, and the way they struck a stability between ensuring that gamers can get a correct understanding of the story with out having to play via the sport a number of occasions, however nonetheless being inspired to do replays to see and expertise new issues.
Principal narrative designer Molly Maloney described it as “a good rope stroll”, and added that exploration can be a key element of the sport that may add to the replay worth in a number of methods.
“We wish to be sure the gamers find yourself with the minimal viable understanding and make it possible for this all is sensible in a method that’s significant,” she stated. “However exploration was a key pillar of this recreation. And that’s not solely bodily exploration of areas, but it surely’s additionally, you already know, if you happen to don’t discuss to Casey in that second, you don’t essentially get to expertise that dialog later. It’s there, and if you wish to avail your self of it, you actually can.”
Co-director Kyle Rowley went on to elucidate the “layered” nature of the sport’s story, and the way it will encourage gamers to expertise it in several methods throughout a number of playthrough, even when a single playthrough will give “a great understanding” of the overarching story.
“The story has type of been written in a layered method within the sense that on the floor stage, on the important path, you’ll get a great understanding of what’s occurred,” he stated. “However on subsequent playthroughs, there’ll be issues that you simply uncover which perhaps barely change your perspective, just like the order by which you play Alan’s expertise and Saga’s expertise, you’re going to get barely totally different views on the story, which can provide you a barely totally different perspective into the story as a complete. So yeah, we wished to mainly permit gamers to replay via the sport.”
Alan Wake 2 is ready to launch on October 17 for PS5, Xbox Sequence X/S, and PC.