- Alan Wake 2 game director Kyle Rowley recently spoke in an interview and confirmed that the title evidently borrows some of the well-beloved fan-favorite tropes from the Resident Evil franchise.
- The directory says that the familiar elements will help make the title more immersive in the gritty psychological horror, such as the dreaded feeling of claustrophobia, to keep us on edge.
- The players will feel more vulnerable and prone to the dreaded psychological feelings. The enemies will also feel physically stronger, making for oppressive mind-bending gameplay that keeps you alert.
- Alan Wake 2 will come out on October 17, 2023, for the current-gen consoles and PC. It will release on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, and PC (via the Epic Games Store).
Alan Wake 2 game director Kyle Rowley recently spoke in an interview with the latest issue of EDGE magazine and verified a slew of spooky tidbits. The title evidently borrows some of the well-beloved fan-favorite tropes from the Resident Evil franchise. The dev states that the familiar elements are being included to increase the immersion in the gritty psychological horror, such as the dreaded feeling of claustrophobia, to keep us on edge.
Camera perspective and things like that, yes, there are good references from the recent Resident Evil games that we did look at. But not just because, oh, you know, it worked for them. It’s more like, how does that help us build the kind of experience we want? More claustrophobic; making the player feel more vulnerable; making the enemies feel more physical and dangerous.”
These Resident Evil mechanics will serve to make players feel “more vulnerable” while also making enemies more threatening in the mind-bending horror of the sequel. One thing where both franchises highly differ is the jumpscares in the RE franchise. The Alan Wake series is renowned for messing with your head slowly with the ominous setting and the mental heaviness brought upon by the overbearing gameplay instead of jumpscares.
Many gamers have not gotten a chance to play the first entry in the series. Regardless, it will not drain the fun out of the psychological horror. The devs have previously confirmed that Alan Wake 2 can be enjoyed as a sequel and a stand-alone experience. In other words, playing Alan Wake 1 is like eating a hearty and fulfilling entree that can be skipped entirely for the huge platter.
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Besides the exhilarating sequel, Remedy Entertainment has its hands full with a bundle of other projects, including multiple Control sequels in the brewer that will eventually come out in the following years.
Because of a sense of familiarity, including cherished Resident Evil elements will likely propel the game to reach critical acclaim. The first title stood out as a terrific contender against some of the greatest horror games of the current era; Remedy Entertainment is also toiling hard to stand out against the vast arsenal of AAA games releasing around the same time. Here’s to hoping that Alan Wake 2 tops the fans’ lingering anticipations.
Alan Wake 2 will come out on October 17, 2023, for the current-gen consoles and PC. We can expect to venture into the chronicles of Alan Wake on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X and Series S, and PC (via the Epic Games Store). Unfortunately, the Remedy’s biggest title is skipping out on last-gen consoles to ensure no compromises have to be made on the scope and quality of the alluring psychological horror experience.
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