Is Alan Wake 2 Backwards Compatible?

Alan Wake 2 Alan pointing a gun at a shadow

The next installment of the Alan Wake franchise will hit the digital shelves at the end of October. Teaser videos look stunning, so fans are wondering on which platforms will it be available, and is Alan Wake 2 backwards compatible.

Alan Wake 2 is set 13 years after the first one ended, but developers state that it’s a standalone experience. So no prior knowledge of Alan Wake is needed to enjoy the game. The first part was playable on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox X/S, Xbox 360, and PC. On which platforms will it be available and will Alan Wake 2 be backwards compatible? Let’s see.

Is Alan Wake 2 Cross Gen?

We have some bad news for owners of last-gen consoles, but it seems Alan Wake 2 is exclusive to current-gen consoles. There is no official statement about backwards compatibility. More so, it is stated by various official sources that Alan Wake 2 will be available only on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox X/S. If you own PlayStation 4 or Xbox One, you will have to make do with Alan Wake Remastered. But, what about the future?

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Will AW2 Be Backwards Compatible In The Future?

The game is developed on Remedy Entertainment’s own Nightlight engine, which focuses on visual realism. That would make the game more demanding in terms of specs and technology. So the chances of Alan Wake 2 being backward compatible in the future are very slim. The game experience would suffer greatly from reduced performance, it just wouldn’t be the same.  The developers want to give the players the best experience it is reasonable that the game is only available on current gen platforms.

For some more Alan Wake 2 content be sure to check out Does Alan Wake 2 Have Early Access?, Is Alan Wake 2 an Epic Games Exclusive? and Is Alan Wake 2 Multiplayer?


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