Remedy has revealed that Alan Wake 2 will be released digitally only on both PC and consoles, in order to keep the game low cost, and because most players won’t buy physical copies of the game anymore. He said the decision had been made.
Alan Wake fans may be feeling like they’re above the clouds right now after the announcement of Alan Wake 2’s release date at the PlayStation Showcase, but there’s some news that might bring you back to Earth – Remedy says Alan I have confirmed that Wake 2 will not receive a physical release.
On the Alan Wake 2 website, Remedy shared an FAQ that mostly centers around how to pre-order the game and what versions will be available. Importantly, though, Alan Wake 2 has revealed it will be a digital-only release, with Remedy saying most players won’t buy a physical copy, keeping the game priced slightly lower. , justifying its choice.
When asked why Alan Wake 2 is a digital-only release, Remedy said, “There are many reasons for this. One of them is that many productions have gone digital-only. Without a disc drive. You can buy a Sony PlayStation 5, or Microsoft’s Xbox Series S is a digital-only console, and it’s not uncommon for the latest games to be released digital-only.”
“Second, by not releasing discs, we are able to keep the price of the game at $59.99 / €59.99 and the PC version at $49.99 / €49.99. I didn’t want to do that.” I don’t think it would be a great experience for the game either. ”
The FAQ continues with a question asking if there’s a disc version of the game currently in development, to which the answer reads, “There are currently no plans to release Alan Wake 2 on disc.” Remedy seems pretty determined not to release a physical version of the game. However, it said it had no plans “at this time,” implying that things could change in the future.
We’ve also seen how this has worked out for publishers lately, like when Redfall was met with massive backlash when it was rumored that there wouldn’t be a disc version. It turned out to be a mistake, but we can see the same thing happening again in Alan Wake 2, especially considering how much the predecessor was loved.
Nor does it help that the original Alan Wake was removed from digital stores in 2017 due to an expired music license. This does not exactly mean that the sequel will be released exclusively through digital release. We’ll have to wait and see if the inevitable backlash to this decision changes Remedy’s mind.
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