Alan Wake 2 Will Be a Digital-Only Release, Remedy Confirms

Alan Wake 2 Will Be a Digital-Only Release, Remedy Confirms

Richard Walker

Following last night's gameplay reveal, and confirmation that Alan Wake will be joined by FBI agent Saga Anderson (played by Game of Thrones, This Is Us, and Bad Boys 4 actor Melanie Liburd) as a fellow playable character, developer Remedy Entertainment has now confirmed that Alan Wake II will be a digital-only release.

“There are many reasons for this. For one, a large number of have shifted to digital only. 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,” Remedy states in an FAQ.

“Secondly, not releasing a disc helps keep the price of the game at $59.99/€59.99 (£49.99) and the PC version at $49.99/€49.99 (£39.99),” the studio add. “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.”

There are no plans for a disc-based release for Alan Wake 2 at all, then, although the digital release will come in Standard Edition and Deluxe Edition flavours, the latter bundling the game with the Expansion Pass (granting access to the Night Springs Expansion and Lake House Expansion), a Nordic Shotgun Skin for Saga (included in the Expansion Pass), a Parliament Shotgun Skin for Alan, a Crimson Windbreaker for Saga, Celebrity Suit for Alan, and Lantern Charm for Saga.

The Alan Wake II Deluxe Edition will cost $79.99/€79.99/£64.99 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC, with pre-orders giving you an Ornate Revolver Skin for Alan and Survival Resources Pack for Saga. Alan Wake II is out on 17th October 2023.

  • Digital only would have to be even cheaper than that for me to go that way.
    Lately, being able to sell/give away games after I'm done with them is a lot of the justification for buying them in the first place.
  • Looks like it won't be a purchase from me. If they have that power on pricing that means they can release physical for 59.99 aswell but you know it's called greed
  • Sounds like another bloated game well updwards of the 100 GB limit.
    Not having to manufacture discs isn't a great saving either, even if you consider also saving on shipping. At least not if you have a big publisher behind you.

    But quite funny to read that angle from an Epic Games game after their PC store has shown us how lower store commissions have brought the pricing down. :P Not a single 60-70 EUR game in sight unlike on that greedy Steamster platform. [/s]
  • If you shop around, most physical games can be picked up for around £50. Wait a few months and some have even halved in price. I'll pick this up in a sale sometime in the future.
  • Welcome to 21st century. It's going to be all digital in a few years and if you're getting pissy about not being able to buy/sell I've got good news - all games will eventually become part of one subscription service or another. There will simply be no need to "buy" games anymore, just rent. I've been doing this for a year now since subbing to PS Extra and never been happier. Haven't touched a game disc in years.
  • That’s disappointing. There goes my sale
  • limited run physical copy in the future confirmed probably
  • @RRDude_PBB

    Well, then that's the end of anything but shitty little games that cost nothing to make.
  • They are doing this simply to get a greater share of the profit pie.

    The rest is corporate lingo to fool people.
  • 'It is not uncommon to release modern games as digital-only'

    Yes it is, in fact I don't think there has been a AAA title that ever did this and even relatively smaller titles like Bugsnax, Hellblade and Sifu got a physical release after. What a load of BS, will definitely not be a day 1 for me (anymore).
  • Finaly somebody push Down proces for digital games. GJ Epic Games
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