One of many largest bits of stories out of yesterday’s PlayStation Showcase was the discharge date for Alan Wake 2. And one of many largest disappointments, for some, is that there can be no bodily launch: It is going to solely be out there digitally. The upside for budget-conscious PC avid gamers is that we’ll get it 10 bucks cheaper than console avid gamers—$50 on the Epic Video games Retailer, vs $60 on different platforms—nevertheless it’s undoubtedly a letdown for field collectors.

However that is probably not the top of the story. In response to a tweet about Alan Wake 2 being digital unique, THQ Nordic stated it might be interested by publishing a boxed version.

“I imply… we did the disc model of Alan Wake for PC again within the day ICYMI ;)” THQ Nordic tweeted. “And simply because ONE particular person (or firm) doesn’t love bodily, there may be a lot who nonetheless do. Give it some thought. We would like to go at it once more! Full circle and all.”

It is true: Nordic Video games, because it was recognized earlier than adopting the THQ prefix, printed the boxed PC model of Alan Wake, which got here out in 2012—two years after the unique Xbox 360 launch. The PC launch additionally included The Sign and The Author DLC, the soundtrack, bonus audio commentary, and a digital version of The Alan Wake Recordsdata—a reasonably good package deal, all in all.

In case there’s any doubt, THQ Nordic confirmed that its provide is informal, however severe. 

“Clearly, a tweet ain’t no official enterprise proposal, however we’re completely down to speak with Treatment about getting a bodily copy of Alan Wake 2 on the market,” THQ Nordic head of PR Florian Emmerich stated in an e mail. “The primary game was actually superior, and we’re anticipating nothing wanting that with the sequel.”

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As for Alan Wake 2’s lower cost on PC, Emmerich stated that any speak about the price of a packaged model is “wishful pondering” at this level as a result of there’s nothing truly within the works. “However hey, if issues work out, you wager we would be able to launch a PC model at a lower cost level in comparison with the console one.”

So it is all only a throwaway remark at this stage and if I needed to put cash on it, I would wager that THQ Nordic’s provide is politely obtained and in the end would not go anyplace. However as a field collector, I am completely happy to see an acknowledgement that there is nonetheless worth in bodily releases, and no less than a bit little bit of curiosity in doing them. Regardless of my general pessimism, I am hanging on to a bit, tiny sliver of hope that possibly, simply possibly, this may truly occur.

Treatment, for the report, hasn’t but responded to THQ Nordic’s tweet. I hit them as much as ask in the event that they is perhaps interested by doing a deal, and I am going to update if somebody says sure.