Since its initial reveal during the Game Awards 2021, fans waited in anticipation for the next time we would see Alan Wake 2. A year and a half later and during Sony’s recent State of Play, we finally got the confirmation of the latest title coming from Remedy Entertainment. While we got a first look at the gameplay trailer, fans made the quick discovery of the state Alan Wake 2 will launch in. Whether it is the changing of times or the current state of gaming, Alan Wake 2 will launch with no physical release; Digital Only.

Why is Alan Wake 2 a digital-only release?

On the Alan Wake 2 FAQ page, this was the question that caught many off guard who were unaware of the state the game would be distributed. To quote the response:

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.

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.

Is there a disc-based version of Alan Wake 2 in the works?

There are currently no plans to release Alan Wake 2 on disc.

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While some remain skeptical about this response, it is understandable if we are in an age where more casual players prefer to just download their games rather than to own them physically. Still, what are your thoughts on this?

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Are you fine with Alan Wake 2 being digital only? Do you agree with the response provided? And are you looking forward to the upcoming sequel? Leave your thoughts down below at be sure to follow us here at Strangely Awesome for more on Alan Wake 2 and other things happening in the gaming world.

Alan Wake 2 will be available digitally on October 17, 2023, on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Epic Games Store.

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