Does Alan Wake 2 Use Unreal Engine 5?

Alan Wake 2 Alan standing in front of a wreck holding a gun

If you are a fan of stunning graphics and nail-biting thrillers then no doubt you are looking forward to the release of the sequel to Remedy Entertainment’s Alan Wake. Epic Games is the publisher, so it is expected that Alan Wake 2 uses Unreal Engine 5. But is it the case? Stick around and find out.

We have been waiting for 13 years for Alan Wake’s sequel and the wait is almost over. Scheduled for 27 October, we can’t wait to see what new horrors await our bestselling thriller author. Will he manage to escape The Dark Place while writing a horror story involving an FBI agent Saga Anderson? But what engine will be responsible for our visual experience?

Is Alan Wake 2 Running on Unreal Engine 5?

Controversial, but no, Alan Wake 2 will not use UE5. It is official that AW2 uses Remedy’s own Northlight engine. Epic Games are the developers of Unreal Engine 5 and are also partnered up with Remedy Entertainment. So it was quite a bold decision that Remedy chose to stick with their own in-house engine. They claim that Northlight is more suited to the type of experience they want to create. Sam Lake, Remedy’s creative director stated that “Alan Wake 2 will, by far, be the best-looking, most beautiful Remedy game ever”

Alan Wake (Original Game Soundtrack)
  • Audio CD – Audiobook
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 07/20/2010 (Publication Date) – Sumthing Else (Publisher)

What is Northlight?

As you have probably figured out, Northlight engine is an in-house engine developed by Remedy Entertainment. They claim that Northlight can better capture facial expressions using surface capture and 4D scanning than previous engines they used. It is well-suited for photorealistic characters and cinematic realism which is an essential part of Alan Wake 2 experience. Which is probably why Alan Wake 2 is next-gen exclusive. It is worth knowing that the Northlight engine is responsible for games such as Quantum Break, CrossfireX, and the award-winning Control. It seems we are in for a treat.

If you would like to read some more news about Alan Wake 2, check out Is Alan Wake 2 Multiplayer? Is Alan Wake 2 Deluxe Edition Worth It? And Is Alan Wake 2 a Direct Sequel?


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