As we approach the release of Alan Wake II, Remedy Entertainment has revealed some scary system requirements for its new survival horror game. It may well be one of the most demanding titles of 2023, as GPUs preceding Turing and RDNA 2 are omitted from the list. Additionally, users will require an SSD with at least 90GB of space and 16GB RAM to run the game.
Budget-oriented cards like the GTX 1650 and GTX 1660 is a no-go; the same goes for the RTX 10 series and Radeon 5000 series. The September Steam survey shows that a big chunk of users are still using these older cards, although they've probably accepted their fate of not being able to play all the latest AAA titles.
Interestingly, Remedy Entertainment's requirements assume players will be using AI upscaling to run Alan Wake II—even at 1080p. All the requirements are based on running DLSS or FSR in Performance/Balanced/Quality mode.
The minimum requirement is an RTX 2060 or RX 6600, and even those cards will only be good enough for 30 FPS. Remedy's communications director Thomas Puha thinks 30 FPS is more than adequate: "The game has been built from the beginning as a 30 FPS experience focusing on visuals and ambience." Puha believes there is an unhealthy fixation on frame rates and resolutions, and people need to get on with their lives. He reminded gamers that Alan Wake II focuses on visuals and atmosphere as opposed to FPS.
If you want to crank it up to 60 FPS, somewhat beefy graphics cards like the GeForce RTX 3070 or Radeon RX 6700 XT are necessary. For those seeking the best possible visuals at 4K with Ray Tracing and Path Tracing, high-end RTX 40 series cards are recommended. Nvidia is bundling Alan Wake II with selected desktop and laptop GPUs until November 17, aiming to increase RTX 40 series adoption.
Excitement is building for the release of Alan Wake II, which is set to debut exclusively on the Epic Games Store on October 27. Remedy Entertainment has not indicated a release date for Steam yet.