A little while ago, it was confirmed that Alan Wake 2 was going to be a digital-only release on Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S (and all other platforms) at release this October, and there were various reasons that went into the decision.
These reasons included the ability to keep the price down, as well as avoiding shipping a product that didn't include the full game on the disc, and now in a new interview with Eurogamer, Remedy has provided another key reason.
According to Alan Wake 2 creative director Sam Lake, the digital-only approach helps a lot with development as well:
"As creatives obviously, by going digital-only it does allow us more time to polish the game. Like, a significant amount of weeks actually. Because otherwise, the game that goes on the disc, obviously it has to be playable without a patch."
"We didn't want to release something that we weren't proud of basically, and that we didn't want players to play. So hopefully this way we can give you a better version of the game."
So, there you go! According to Sam Lake himself, the quality of Alan Wake 2 will benefit from being a digital-only release. It's still a massive shame to miss out on a physical version, but it looks like that ship has sailed now.
The good news is that Alan Wake 2 appears to be shaping up really well, so who knows... we could be looking at another Game of the Year contender later this year! We definitely can't wait to get our hands on it.