Alan Wake 2, the sequel to Alan Wake, will be released digitally only. This information comes directly from the official Alan Wake 2 FAQ on the game’s website.
Alan Wake 2 is releasing on October 17, 2023, but the team did not want to have to ship a game on a disn that would require an additional download.
Alan Wake 2 Will Not Have A Physical Release To Keep Costs Down
In the day and age of major day-one passes, download codes in physical boxes, and a massive shift to digital collection, it makes sense that Alan Wake 2 would switch to digital-only to reduce costs for the consumer.
Below you’ll find the information from the FAQ page.
“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.”
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The FAQ mentions there is no current plans ever to ship a physical version of Alan Wake 2, so if you’re a collector, you’re out of luck for now.
Alan Wake 2 will release on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. The game is $49.99 on PC and $59.99 on consoles for the standard edition.
Time to hop into Alan Wake and the AWE expansion for Control to get caught up on the franchise before Alan Wake 2 releases this October.