For a game releasing in October, we have not seen a lot of Alan Wake 2 up to now—and the footage revealed at Summer time Video games Fest was a reasonably brief slice. But it surely’s already putting to me how rather more of a full-blooded horror game it looks like in comparison with the unique. 

“Alan Wake 2 is Treatment’s first survival horror game,” says creator Sam Lake, and definitely as new protagonist Saga Anderson creeps her means by means of an deserted home within the woods, the environment is thick with dread. It is nearly a reduction when an imposing, supernaturally-corrupted axe assassin bursts by means of the wall. As Saga pumps bullet after bullet into the determine, who steadily advances like Jason Voorhees, barely seeming to care, there are echoes of the latest Resident Evil remakes to my eyes. 

The primary game actually had horror parts and loads of environment, nevertheless it was extra of a spooky action-adventure, and although you performed a wimpy crime writer, combats have been fairly quick and explosive as you dodged spherical large teams of foes. Right here, the steadier tempo and deal with one extremely powerful foe does promote the shift to full-on survival horror—and in 2023 that appears like a good way to shake up the collection. 

Over the course of the story, you may play each Saga and Alan. Every has their very own storyline—Saga investigating ritual murders in Shiny Falls, and Alan desperately making an attempt to flee the Darkish Place he is been trapped in for the reason that finish of the primary game. The 2 narratives join at varied factors, however based on Lake you may be free to modify between the 2 everytime you like, enabling gamers to expertise occasions in numerous orders. 

And it appears like these occasions shall be much more splendidly weird than the primary game. The trailer attacked onto the tip of right this moment’s demo footage (and beforehand seen at Sony’s latest occasion) exhibits off all method of surreal nastiness, a lot of it clearly drawing on the visible type of Management as a lot as the primary Alan Wake. 

I am a diehard Treatment fan, so my pleasure’s a given, however I reckon even should you did not play the primary Alan Wake, should you’re into horror you need to have this in your radar. A part of the thought behind the Saga character is to supply folks new to the collection with a delicate introduction to the lore—she would not know what occurred beforehand, so you may be studying alongside along with her—and if Treatment is combining its distinctive home type with inspiration from latest survival horror hits, you may anticipate a very intense journey when this drops simply in time for Halloween.