Alan Wake 2 Is Digital Download Only, Here’s Why

Remedy is at least upfront that they wouldn’t put the game on a disc if they were making a disc.

Remedy Entertainment has revealed several launch details for alan stele 2following his appearance at the PlayStation Showcase event yesterday.

We now have the release date of October 17, 2023, but surprisingly, that’s not the most pertinent detail we’ve learned today.

In its official FAQ, Remedy revealed that alan stele 2 It will only be available as a digital download. They gave this reasoning:

“There are many reasons for this. For one thing, a large number of have switched 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’s not uncommon to release modern games only in digital format.

Second, 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 didn’t want to ship a disc product that required a download for the game; We also don’t think this is a great experience.”

While this is disappointing news, we should at least commend Remedy for being candid about the situation and not trying to pass off a commercial disc as a copy of the game. It’s strange but common that this is something that other game companies and publishers have been doing for some time.

While some fans say they prefer to get games in a physical format, whether it’s an optical disc or a game cartridge, it’s becoming increasingly impractical to offer that option.

It’s true that part of the reason is that games are getting bigger, but there’s a flip side to this that game and tech companies shouldn’t. They have not been creating or using newer formats that can accommodate these increasing file sizes.

Let’s put this in context. Call of Duty Modern Warfare II, the most recent release in the game franchise, represents a 72 GB download. PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X currently use 4K UltraHD Blu-Ray drives. Technically, those 4K UHD drives can store up to 100GB of data. However, due to technical limitations and a lack of optimizations, games do not ship with the full capacity of the format.

It may be the case that it is becoming unfeasible to make games in such a way that they can also run on disk. Whatever the reason, it looks like it’s going to be the future of console gaming, unless the game companies decide they want to preserve physical games and actually do something about it.

alan stele 2 It will be released on October 17, 2023 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and Windows via the Epic Games Store.