Alan Wake Remastered launches October 5

The complete Alan Wake experience.

Alan Wake Remastered

Alan Wake Remastered will launch both physically and digitally for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, and PC via Epic Games Store on October 5 for $29.99 USD / €29.99 / £24.99, Epic Games Publishing and developer Remedy Entertainment announced.

“We’re thankful and excited for the opportunity to bring fans the best version of Alan Wake yet—whether you have been a fan of Alan’s since the beginning, or you’re looking to experience something new,” said Remedy Entertainment creative director Sam Lake in a press release. “As a writer myself, Alan Wake has always held a very special place in my heart. It means so much to me and all of us at Remedy to be able to breathe new life into the game with all that this next generation of technology has made possible.”

Alan Wake Remastered will include the main game and both of its expansions: “The Signal” and “The Writer.” It will also feature refined cinematics and textures, facelifted character models, and support for up to 4K resolution and 60 framse per second graphics, as well as new commentary from Sam Lake.

Get the latest details below, via Remedy Entertainment creative director Sam Lake.

Alan Wake Remastered is the graphically enhanced version of the original game first released in 2010. Now, we are bringing you the complete Alan Wake experience, including the two story-expansions “The Signal” and “The Writer,” originally released as downloadable content, with all-new 4K visuals, updated environments, cutscenes, and a brand-new making-of commentary where I take a trip down memory lane.

The story so far.

Alan Wake, a bestselling writer, comes to behind the wheel of a crashed car. It’s night. He is in a primordial forest outside the small town of Bright Falls, Washington. Wake has hit his head. He is missing a week. His photographer wife, Alice, is missing. The couple came to the idyllic Bright Falls to heal, a departure from the pressure cooker of their celebrity life in New York City. Wake hasn’t been able write in a long time. Their relationship has seen better days. Now Wake finds pages of a novel he seems to have written, even though he can’t remember writing it. The story is called “Departure”. It’s a horror story. He is the main character in it. In the story, Bright Falls is taken over by a Dark Presence. The story is coming true. Locals, possessed by supernatural darkness, stalk Wake in the forest. As his journey spirals deeper into the darkness of the night, Wake tries to hold on to the tattered remnants of his sanity, to find answers to the nightmarish mystery he faces. Using the light of his flashlight as a weapon, he is forced to fight for his life, and the life of Alice.

Talking tech.

There is a lot of subtlety in the visuals of Alan Wake, now enhanced by the power of the new PlayStation consoles. On the PlayStation 5, the game runs at 4K at 60 frames per second. The PlayStation 4 Pro offers a choice of Performance (60 frames per second) and Quality (4K at 30 frames per second) modes and PlayStation 4 version runs at 30 frames per second. A lot of time has been spent optimizing the game for each platform to offer the best possible experience. On top of that, each weapon Alan uses feels unique thanks to the DualSense wireless controller’s adaptive trigger having different feedback depending on the gun you are using, from the revolver to the flare gun. There are also Activity cards for each episode and mission of the game.

Our hero’s character model has been completely re-done.

Many of the original developers of Alan Wake, myself included, were involved in the creation of this remaster. Above all, we wanted to preserve the identity and unique visual style of Alan Wake, while still elevating the graphics to meet modern players’ expectations. Almost everything in the original game has been retouched: a ton of individual items, from environment scenes to individual props, textures, sound effect files, and the art for the UI. As it’s a hugely important part of creating the unnerving atmosphere of the game, there was a dedicated team working hard to ensure the trees and foliage would look as good as possible.

It’s all connected.

Some of you first met Alan Wake in the AWE expansion of Control, another game set in the Remedy Connected Universe. There we shed some light on Wake’s long-dormant mystery in the dark depths. We learned that the strange events in Alan Wake had been investigated by the Federal Bureau of Control as an “Altered World Event”—a crisis caused by dangerous paranatural forces seeping through into our reality. This was how the story of Alan Wake was perceived through the lens of the story of Control. Both Control and Alan Wake exist in the same world, the events of one story tying into the other. Now, we’ve taken the writer’s origin story to a new generation of brave players.

Watch the debut trailer below.

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