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Alan Wake 2, stylized as Alan Wake II, is a survival horror game that was released on October 27, 2023. Developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Epic Games Publishing, it is a sequel to the original Alan Wake game. The game follows the story of best-selling novelist Alan Wake, who has been trapped in an alternate dimension for 13 years. He attempts to escape by writing a horror story involving an FBI special agent named Saga Anderson. The game was released for PlayStation 5, Windows, and Xbox Series X/S and received critical acclaim.

The gameplay of Alan Wake 2 is from a third-person perspective and is more of a survival horror game compared to the first Alan Wake game, which was an action-adventure game with horror themes. Players can play as either Alan Wake or Saga Anderson in two separate single-player stories. The order in which these stories are played is up to the player, although the opening and ending sequences can only be played as Saga or Alan, respectively.

In the game, Wake and Anderson traverse environments and fight enemies using various firearms and a flashlight. The flashlight can be “focused” to render enemies vulnerable to firearm attacks. However, focusing the flashlight drains its battery, and players need to strategically use a limited amount of batteries and ammunition in order to survive. When enemies are close, Alan or Saga can perform a dodge maneuver.

Alan Wake 2 also incorporates detective elements. When playing as Saga, players can access an enemy-free space dubbed the “Mind Place”. Described by Remedy as a “3D menu”, the Mind Place is a visual representation of Saga’s thoughts. In the Mind Place, players manage a pin board in which they can connect clues to piece together the main mystery, as well as profile characters to gather clues. As Alan, players will instead have access to the “Writer’s Room,” where they will have access to the outline of a novel he is writing. By adding and changing plot details on the outline, they will be able to manipulate the space around Alan.

A returning element from Alan Wake is manuscript pages. Players find pages of a manuscript that foreshadow upcoming events in the story. Unlike the previous game, Alan Wake 2 features a dialogue tree system. The game is planned to receive two post-game DLC expansions titled Night Springs and The Lake House.