Alan Wake 2 PS5

Following yesterday's PS5 release date announcement, Remedy has revealed Alan Wake II won't be available physically, instead opting for a digital-only release across all platforms. The base version will cost £49.99/$59.99, or you can opt for the Deluxe Edition at £64.99/$79.99 which bundles in the sequel's newly announced DLC plans. The developer says it's skipping a physical version due to how the purchasing habits of gamers have largely shifted towards digital.

An Alan Wake II FAQ states: "There are many reasons for this. For one, a large number of have shifted to digital only. You can buy a Sony PlayStation 5 without a disc drive and Microsoft’s Xbox Series S is a digital only console. It is not uncommon to release modern games as digital-only." In addition, skipping a physical launch has allowed Remedy to keep the price down at $59.99.

The Finnish team continues: "Finally, we did not want to ship a disc product and have it require a download for the game — we do not think this would make for a great experience either."

Now the PS5 title is up for pre-order on the PS Store, its DLC plans have also been confirmed. Remedy is planning to release two expansions after launch: the Night Springs expansion and Lake House Expansion. Alongside them will be some different garments for Alan Wake and new co-protagonist Saga Anderson to wear as well as weapon skins and charms. Anyone who pre-orders the game will also get a Survival Resources Pack along with an Ornate Revolver Skin.

Remedy says it'll have further free content for all players after launch. Does this not bother you, or were you hoping to pick up a physical copy of Alan Wake II? Share your thoughts in the comments below.