Alan Wake 2 Scares Its Way Onto PC & Consoles Today

Alan, wake up.

Alan Wake 2
Alan Wake 2

Horror fans have been waiting since 2010 for the follow-up to cult hit Alan Wake, and while the spin-off Alan Wake’s American Nightmare might have been a decent stopgap, that true sequel has remained elusive for over a decade. Now, the wait is finally over, as Alan Wake 2 is available right now on PC via the Epic Games Store, PS5 and Xbox Series X & S.

A tale of two heroes, Alan Wake 2 picks back up with the beleagured writer as he tries to write his way out of the Dark Place he’s been trapped in for 13 years. Meanwhile, out in the real world, FBI Agent Saga Anderson has been summoned to Bright Falls to investigate a murder cult that might have some relation to these prophetic manuscript pages that keep turning up. Sound familar?

Here’s the proper synopsis from the Alan Wake 2 Epic Games Store page:

A string of ritualistic murders threatens Bright Falls, a small-town community surrounded by Pacific Northwest wilderness. Saga Anderson, an accomplished FBI agent with a reputation for solving impossible cases arrives to investigate the murders. Anderson’s case spirals into a nightmare when she discovers pages of a horror story that starts to come true around her.

Alan Wake, a lost writer trapped in a nightmare beyond our world, writes a dark story in an attempt to shape the reality around him and escape his prison. With a dark horror hunting him, Wake is trying to retain his sanity and beat the devil at his own game.

Anderson and Wake are two heroes on two desperate journeys in two separate realities, connected at heart in ways neither of them can understand: reflecting each other, echoing each other, and affecting the worlds around them.

Fueled by the horror story, supernatural darkness invades Bright Falls, corrupting the locals and threatening the loved ones of both Anderson and Wake. Light is their weapon—and their safe haven — against the darkness they face. Trapped in a sinister horror story where there are only victims and monsters, can they break out to be the heroes they need to be?

While we haven’t been able to put a review out at the time of writing, other critics are hailing Alan Wake 2 as a real Game of the Year contender, and that it might just be one of the best psychological horror games of the past decade. We’ve managed to play a few hours of it, and so far, it’s living up to that estimation.

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