Treatment Leisure’s Alan Wake 2 had a brief gameplay reveal on the Summer time Video games Fest Showcase, however many retailers went hands-on and had been left impressed. Whereas it might be releasing in the midst of some severe heavyweights like Marvel’s Spider-Man 2, expectations are excessive for the long-awaited sequel.
Nevertheless, one contentious level stays – the survival horror title is digital-only. Treatment gave a number of causes, from maintaining the value right down to not eager to launch a bodily model and having it require a obtain. Artistic director Sam Lake expanded on the studio’s reasoning when talking to Eurogamer.
“Yeah, it’s digital solely, and sort of coming to this concept, each from Treatment and Epic’s perspective, that’s our present considering. It simply felt prefer it is smart for this, and the timing felt proper.”
Recreation director Kyle Rowley additionally revealed that it allowed extra time for polish. “As creatives, going digital-only does permit us extra time to shine the sport. Like, a major quantity of weeks, truly. As a result of in any other case, the sport that goes on the disc clearly must be playable with no patch.
“We didn’t wish to launch one thing that we weren’t happy with, mainly, and we didn’t need gamers to play. So hopefully, this fashion, we may give you a greater model of the sport.”
THQ Nordic, which launched the bodily model on PC, has expressed curiosity in releasing the sequel bodily. Nevertheless, thus far, neither Treatment nor Epic Video games have acquiesced. Plans might at all times change, so keep tuned for any updates.
Alan Wake 2 launches October seventeenth for Xbox Sequence X/S, PS5 and PC. Head right here for extra particulars on the twin protagonists and how one can swap forwards and backwards all through the story. It’s also possible to study extra about Treatment’s stylistic decisions, together with inspiration from fashionable horror movies, right here.