Alan Wake 2 will launch on October 17. The date was revealed in a brand new trailer proven throughout at the moment’s PlayStation Showcase (above), which additionally launched a brand new protagonist to share the stage with Alan: FBI agent Saga Anderson. 

Based on Treatment, it is no large deal if you have not performed the primary Alan Wake: it’s best to have the ability to “simply dive into the sequel” and work out what is going on on. That is in all probability true. As large because the Remedyverse is getting, and as bizarre as its tales will be, the Finnish studio likes to work inside identified style archetypes with direct, monologue-heavy storytelling. 

However Alan Wake 2’s storytelling would not sound completely simple, as a result of we get to decide on which protagonist we play as first.

“After sure occasions have transpired, followers can play Wake and Anderson’s respective tales in any order they select,” writes Treatment communications director Thomas Puha on the PlayStation Weblog. “Their journeys echo and foreshadow one another, on this intense atmospheric story, taking gamers on two separate darkish and disturbing paths. We’re excited to permit gamers to determine easy methods to expertise the story of Alan Wake 2.”

The ‘actual world’ setting for Alan Wake 2 is the Pacific Northwest, where Anderson will discover the city of Shiny Falls, “the gorgeous primordial forest surrounding the mysterious Cauldron Lake,” and a “run-down” city known as Watery. In the meantime, Wake is caught within the Darkish Place, “a shifting, looping actuality.”

“Anderson, an completed FBI agent with a repute for fixing unimaginable instances, arrives [in Bright Falls] to research the murders,” writes Puha. “Quickly the occasions spiral right into a nightmare when she discovers pages of a horror story that begin to come true round her. By some means the occasions appear to result in Alan Wake, the horror author who went lacking 13 years in the past.”

The brand new trailer additionally consists of an look from Treatment author Sam Lake himself, who was additionally the face of the unique Max Payne. (Sadly, Max Payne himself might be not intervening within the survival horror journey—he is nonetheless owned by Rockstar.)

Alan Wake 2 is the primary large launch from Epic Video games’ new publishing wing, which totally funded its improvement, and so it will be an Epic Video games Retailer unique on PC when it releases this October. One fascinating element is that there will be no bodily media launch, even for the console model, which Epic and Treatment say helps preserve the worth down: The PS5 model will probably be $60, and the PC model will probably be $50.

Epic’s received a deal for a second game from Treatment, too, although we do not know what that one is but.