Alan Wake 2 artistic director Sam Lake and sport director Kyle Rowley have additional clarified why the sport is getting a digital solely launch.
Again in Might, once we received our first correct have a look at Alan Wake 2, we additionally discovered that the sport wouldn't be getting a bodily launch, as an alternative choosing a digital solely launch. On the time, in an FAQ, it was defined that the reasoning for that is it might preserve the worth of the sport decrease, as the price of discs and packaging would imply the sport would have to be priced up throughout the board. Now, in an interview with Eurogamer, Lake and Rowley have expanded upon the reasoning behind the choice, saying that doing so will even give Treatment “extra time to shine.”
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“Yeah, it's digital solely, and form of coming to this concept, each from Treatment and Epic's perspective, that is our present pondering. It simply felt it is smart for this, and the timing felt proper,” Lake defined to Eurogamer. Rowley went on to say, “As creatives clearly, by going digital-only it does permit us extra time to shine the sport. Like, a major quantity of weeks really. As a result of in any other case, the sport that goes on the disc, clearly it must be playable with no patch.
“We did not need to launch one thing that we weren't pleased with mainly, and that we did not need gamers to play. So hopefully this manner we may give you a greater model of the sport.”
Builders getting extra time to work on a sport forward of launch is at all times factor (although clearly not if crunch is concerned), although it is nonetheless a little bit of an odd clarification. Probably what Rowley means is that there is extra time to shine the sport up forward of the sport needing to go gold, however anyway you have a look at it, a sport not receiving a bodily launch is a foul factor.
Digital solely releases are rising extremely frequent, and whereas it is a bit unclear whether or not it is going to be getting a disc launch or not, it is attainable that even Starfield will technically be digital solely.