Alan Wake 2 has been officially revealed by Remedy creative director Sam Lake during the Game Awards 2021. Speaking to host Geoff Keighley after the reveal trailer, he also announced that the sequel would be the studio’s first attempt at tackling the survival horror genre.
Talking about the project in more detail in a PlayStation blog post, the creative director also revealed that Alan Wake 2 has been in development for over a decade. He explains that making a sequel to Alan Wake was always planned. However, getting financial support and the project greenlit was a “complex effort” that involved some things out of the developer’s control.
Detailing the process of working on the game for so long, Lake writes:
For over a decade, after Alan Wake, in between every project we have made, I have eagerly worked on Alan Wake 2 with a small core team, dreaming up different incarnations of the concept.
Alan Wake 2 Revealed as Survival Horror
This newest iteration places Alan Wake in the survival horror genre. Although the original had lite horror elements, it was more focused on delivering a cinematic experience, rather than delivering scares. The blog also states that playing the original is not necessary to fully enjoy the new game. Although for fans of the original, it will add to the backstory.
The news of a sequel comes after the release of Alan Wake: Remastered this past October. It received updated visuals, quality of life improvements, and came bundled with both DLCs. It’s also the first time the Remedy-developed title has been made available on a PlayStation console.
Epic Games will publish Alan Wake 2 on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S in 2023.