Alan Wake 2 will be cheap on PC, but there’s a catch

Alan Wake 2 is set to be cheap on PC through the Epic Games Store, but developer Remedy says this nice bonus comes with quite the catch.

25/05/2023 THQ Nordic has offered to do the physical PC release of Alan Wake 2 on Twitter, in a statement saying: “I mean… we did the disc version of Alan Wake for PC back in the day ICYMI 😉 And just because ONE person (or company) does not love physical, there is plenty who still do. Give it some thought. We’d love to go at it again! Full circle and all.”

Alan Wake 2 is set to be cheap on PC, where it’ll be on the Epic Games Store, but the better deal for the Remedy horror game comes with a pretty significant catch – if you’re super excited for Alan Wake 2, you’ll want to hear this.

After the Alan Wake 2 release date was revealed at the PlayStation Showcase, a Remedy FAQ answers some further questions we’ve got about the release, including the nature of physical copies and what you can expect to pay.

I’ll lead with the good news: there’s a brand new trailer for Alan Wake 2 that you can see below, and it’s going to be cheaper on PC than anywhere else. Remedy says the PC version of Alan Wake 2 will cost you $49.99 (£39.99), while the Xbox and PlayStation console versions will cost $59.99 (£49.99).

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Now for the bad news: there’s going to be no physical release of Alan Wake 2, at all. For us on PC it’s not that big of a deal, with digital storefronts being the primary way we buy and find games anyway. But still, the choice to have a physical copy of Alan Wake 2 is out of the question, and Remedy explains why.

“There are many reasons for this. For one, a large number of players 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 begins.

“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,” Remedy adds. “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.”

I wouldn’t hold out for a physical copy either, as Remedy says there are no plans to release Alan Wake 2 on disc in the future whatsoever. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible, but I wouldn’t hold your breath.

All of this follows Alan Wake’s voice actor accidentally revealing the release date recently, and the news that Alan Wake 2 is playable start to finish while the Max Payne remakes are a ways off yet.

In the meantime you can check out our breakdown of the best upcoming games on PC, alongside a slew of story games that are sure to scratch your Alan Wake 2 itch while you wait for October to come around.