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Alan Wake 2: release times and preload

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Everyone’s favorite author-trapped-in-their-own-story narrative is back: Alan Wake 2 is steaming towards launch, so prepare your mind for an experience it’s unlikely to forget anytime soon, even though it may quickly wish it could. Seriously, that stuff’s creepy.

Available on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S, Alan Wake 2 arrives just in time for spooky season – no better time for a nightmarish title such as this one, really.

We’ve got everything you need to know about the Alan Wake 2 release times and preload right here for you.

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Alan Wake 2 continues the story of an author in trouble.

Alan Wake 2: release times

The Alan Wake 2 launch times are similar for all platforms and mostly fall into October 27, 2023, so between PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S no one is at a disadvantage. However, the US West Coast is getting lucky and will be able to play starting on the evening of October 26, 2023.

Here are the Alan Wake 2 release times for your time zone:

  • October 26, 2023, 9pm PT
  • October 26, 2023, 11am CT
  • October 27, 2023, 12am ET
  • October 27, 2023, 5am BST
  • October 27, 2023, 6am CEST
  • October 27, 2023, 9:30am IST
  • October 27, 2023, 12pm CST
  • October 27, 2023, 1pm KST/JST
  • October 27, 2023, 3pm AEDT
  • October 27, 2023, 5pm NZDT

Alan Wake 2: preload

Alan Wake 2 will be available for preloading on consoles on October 25, 2023, which means you’ll be able to download the game ahead of time. This will save you from waiting for a large download on launch day, enabling you to get into the game immediately. If you’ve pre-ordered Alan Wake 2, navigate to it in your library on PS5 or Xbox Series X|S to start the preload.

As it's published by Epic Games, Alan Wake 2 is an EGS exclusive on PC. While preloading isn’t a staple on EGS, it has happened a few times in the past, so it’s possible that you’ll be able to download the game from there ahead of time as well. However, there is no confirmed official date for this as of yet.

Check out our Alan Wake 2 preview from gamescom 2023 for more on the game.