Alan Wake 2 fans disappointed by controversial digital-only release

By Sean Carey,

Alongside the Alan Wake 2 release date, Remedy revealed a bunch of new details about the long-awaited sequel, one of which will horrify physical game collectors: Alan Wake 2 will be a digital-only release.

Alan Wake II is down to launch on October 17 for Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC, but if you were thinking of picking up a physical copy of the game, well, think again. Remedy has announced that Alan Wake 2 is a digital-only release "for many reasons."

Remedy isn't making physical editions of Alan Wake 2

"For one, a large number of [players] have shifted to digital only," Remedy said in a new FAQ. "You can buy a Sony PlayStation 5 without a disc drive, and Microsoft’s Xbox Series S is a digital-only console. It is not uncommon to release modern games as digital-only.

"Secondly, not releasing a disc helps keep the price of the game at $59.99 / €59.99 and the PC version at $49.99/€49.99.

"Finally, we did not want to ship a disc product and have it require a download for the game — we do not think this would make for a great experience either."

Remedy then goes on to say that there are "currently no plans to release Alan Wake 2 on disc."

Of course, the news of a digital-only release has been met with disappointment from fans on social media. A quick look around Twitter, Reddit, and even our own forums reveal players who are now no longer considering picking up the game due to their being no physical version.

Elsewhere, preorders for Alan Wake 2 and its Deluxe Edition are now live. The Deluxe Edition, which is priced at $79.99 / £64.99 / €79.99, includes the base game and the following exclusive content:
  • Expansion Pass (Night Springs Expansion and Lake House Expansion),
  • Expansion Pass (Night Springs Expansion and Lake House Expansion)
  • Nordic Shotgun Skin for Saga (Part of the Expansion Pass)
  • Parliament Shotgun Skin for Alan
  • Crimson Windbreaker for Saga
  • Celebrity Suit for Alan
  • Lantern Charm for Saga
Alan Wake 2

Alan Wake 2

Saga Anderson arrives to investigate ritualistic murders in a small town. Alan Wake pens a dark story to shape the reality around him. These two heroes are somehow connected. Can they become the heroes they need to be?

Alan Wake 2 Deluxe Edition

Alan Wake 2 Deluxe Edition

Unlock exclusive content with the Alan Wake 2 Deluxe Edition.
Expansion Pass (Night Springs Expansion and Lake House Expansion), Consumable Lantern Charm, and the Crimson Windbreaker, Celebrity Suit, Parliament Shotgun Skin, and Nordic Shotgun Skin cosmetics

Those who preorder either the standard or the Deluxe Edition will receive the Ornate Revolver Skin for Alan and the Survival Resources Pack for Saga.

New Alan Wake 2 gameplay revealed that the sequel, which has been set up as a standalone experience for newcomers, will feature two playable characters: Alan Wake and Saga Anderson. According to Remedy, Anderson is an FBI profiler "with a reputation for solving unsolvable cases." After a string of ritualistic murders, Anderson arrives in Bright Falls to investigate, but the case "slides into a nightmare when Anderson discovers pages of a horror story, a horror story that starts to come true." As for Alan, he's a "lost writer trapped in a nightmare prison beyond our world, writes a dark story to shape reality in a desperate bid to escape. Hunted by an insatiable horror, Wake struggles to retain his sanity and beat the devil at his own game.​"

Remedy says Anderson and Wake's realities are connected in ways "neither of them can understand" and that their echoes become reflections that can reach out to one another. "Trapped in a horror story where there are only victims and monsters, can they break out to be the heroes they need to be?"

What are your thoughts on Alan Wake 2? Are you disappointed to see Remedy not release a physical version of the game? Let us know your thoughts down below.
Sean Carey
Written by Sean Carey
Sean graduated from Southampton Solent University with a first-class honours degree in Journalism, which he uses to keep TrueAchievements and TrueTrophies topped up with gaming and industry news. When not scouring the web for the latest big story, you’ll find him tearing up the streets in Forza Horizon 5 or picking up wins in Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0.
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