One of many greatest bits of reports out of yesterday’s PlayStation Showcase was the discharge date for Alan Wake 2. And one of many greatest disappointments, for some, is that there shall be no physical release: It would solely be out there digitally. The upside for budget-conscious PC players is that we’ll get it 10 bucks cheaper than console players—$50 on the Epic Video games Retailer, vs $60 on different platforms—but it surely’s positively a letdown for field collectors.
However that will not be the tip of the story. In response to a tweet about Alan Wake 2 being digital unique, THQ Nordic mentioned it will be considering 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’s lots who nonetheless do. Give it some thought. We would like to go at it once more! Full circle and all.”
It is true: Nordic Games, because it was identified 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 fairly good package deal, all in all.
In case there’s any doubt, THQ Nordic confirmed that its supply is informal, however critical.
“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 mentioned in an e mail. “The primary sport was actually superior, and we’re anticipating nothing wanting that with the sequel.”
@alanwake @remedygames I imply… we did the disc model of Alan Wake for PC again within the day ICYMI 😉 And simply because ONE particular person (or firm) doesn’t love bodily, there’s lots who nonetheless do. Give it some thought. We would like to go at it once more! Full circle and all.May 25, 2023
As for Alan Wake 2’s lower cost on PC, Emmerich mentioned that any speak about the price of a packaged model is “wishful considering” at this level as a result of there’s nothing really within the works. “However hey, if issues work out, you guess 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 might guess that THQ Nordic’s supply is politely obtained and finally would not go wherever. However as a field collector, I am blissful to see an acknowledgement that there is nonetheless worth in bodily releases, and not less than a bit of little bit of curiosity in doing them. Regardless of my general pessimism, I am hanging on to a bit of, tiny sliver of hope that perhaps, simply perhaps, this would possibly really occur.
Treatment, for the document, hasn’t but responded to THQ Nordic’s tweet. I hit them as much as ask in the event that they is likely to be considering doing a deal, and I am going to replace if somebody says sure.