Here's how the next-gen upgrade paths for Alan Wake Remastered will work if you buy the game on PS4 or Xbox One.

Alan Wake Remastered Next-Gen Upgrade Paths Detailed

Here's how the next-gen upgrade paths for Alan Wake Remastered will work if you buy the game on PS4 or Xbox One.
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Alan Wake Remastered is coming to PlayStation and Xbox platforms on October 5. But last-gen versions will be the only option for those who don’t yet own a PS5 or Xbox Series X|S. So, what are the next-gen upgrade paths for Alan Wake Remastered once they do get their hands on one of the new systems?

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Developer Remedy Entertainment officially unveiled the 4K gameplay/cinematic trailer for Alan Wake Remastered at Sony’s September PlayStation Showcase after announcing it earlier in the week. Following the trailer’s release, the team published an extensive FAQ page that includes the game’s PC specs and how the upgrade paths for Alan Wake Remastered will work.

They said: “Buying the game on a single platform will give you access to all versions of Alan Wake Remastered on that platform.”

For Xbox owners, Alan Wake Remastered takes advantage of Smart Delivery, meaning the Series X|S will automatically play the most optimized version of the game. That’s all there is to it.

For those who purchase the game on PlayStation 4, Remedy will offer a free upgrade to the PlayStation 5 version of the game. This also includes the physical and digital versions of Alan Wake Remastered.

Unfortunately, Sony’s system doesn’t automatically recognize and play the best version of the game, and that’s catalog-wide so far.

To download the PS5 version of Alan Wake Remastered, go to your Games Library, find the game, click its icon, click the three dots to the right of the “Download” button, and choose the PS5 version. Then click “Download.” Those who purchase the physical PS4 edition will first need to install the game. 

And that’s how the next-gen upgrade paths work for Alan Wake Remastered. Remedy also said that Alan Wake Remastered will let players transfer their saves from PS4 to PS5 and Xbox One to Series X|S. That means that trophies earned on PS4 should autopop on PS5. You know, if you’re into that kind of thing.

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