Alan Wake Coming to PC Feb. 2012

Two years after the Xbox 360 release, Remedy Entertainment have announced the PC version of Alan Wake is coming in February 2012on Steam.

The game will include both the DLCs and won’t support Games for Windows LIVE. It also won’t be available for Apple Macintosh systems.

The current minimum requirements are as follows:


  • OS:Windows XP/Vista/7
  • Processor: Dual Core Processor
    • AMD: Athlon X2 2.8GHz
    • Intel: Core 2 Duo 2GHz
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Hard Drive: 8GB of Free Hard Drive Space
  • Video Card: Direct X 10 Compatible with 512 MBs of RAM
    • AMD: ATI Radeon 3650, 4450, 5550, 6450 or higher (per series)
    • NVIDIA: GeForce 8600GT, 9500GT, GT120, GT430, GT520 (per series)
  • Sound Card: Direct X 9.0c compatible
  • Input: Mouse and Keyboard. Xbox 360 Controller supported.

Unlike the Xbox 360 version of the game, which was published by Microsoft Game Studios, the PC version of Alan Wake will be self-published by Remedy.

Analysis: I actually gave up on this title ever coming to the PC after Microsoft decided it wanted more exclusives for the Xbox 360, so this is actually a pleasant surprise. The fact that Remedy is self-publishing the title on Steam and ditching Games for Windows LIVE is a double surprise. With downloadable gaming becoming more and more prevalent in the industry, many studios can now self-publish their own titles without having to answer to the whims of publishers who can interfere with the design of the product.

The only bad news is that Remedy won’t be releasing the mod tools for the game, but at least they gave a good reason (e.g. use of a lot of third-party commercial tools). I wonder if there are modders hardcore enough to do it anyway.

Mohamed Al Saadoon

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