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Alan Wake 2 is a full-blown survival horror game coming in 2023

Alan Wake 2 has been unveiled with a gorgeous cinematic trailer debuting during The Game Awards 2021.

The trailer gives fans a fresh look at the titular protagonist more than 11 years on from the launch of the first game, and it sounds like the troubled writer's story is far from finished. We see a pretty grim crime scene in the woods before moving over what looks to be an abandoned city as Wake warns "monsters wear many faces."

In contrast to the first Alan Wake, which definitely has horror elements but is more of an action game, Remedy creative director Sam Lake describes Alan Wake 2 as a full-blown survival horror game.

"Alan Wake 2 is Remedy's first survival horror game," Lake says. "Our take on the genre. Our opportunity to truly connect the gameplay and the story. It is a deep, layered mystery."

Over on the PlayStation Blog, Lake explains that Alan Wake 2 has been in development for more than a decade in between other Remedy projects. Apparently, Lake and the development team came up with several different visions for how to approach the sequel and ultimately landed on the one we saw make its debut today.

Alan Wake 2 is coming to PS5, Xbox Series X, and PC sometime in 2023. Lake also confirmed during tonight's show that the studio is "going dark" for a while, but will return in Summer 2022 with another trailer and some new info on the sequel.

For everything coming next year, check out our guide to new games of 2022.

Jordan Gerblick

After scoring a degree in English from ASU, I worked in - *shudders* - content management while freelancing for places like SFX Magazine, Screen Rant, Game Revolution, and MMORPG. Now, as GamesRadar's Arizona-based Staff Writer, I'm responsible for managing the site's western regional executive branch, AKA my apartment, and writing about whatever horror game I'm too afraid to finish.