Does Alan Wake 2 Have Performance Mode? Answered

Wondering if Alan Wake 2 will have a performance mode? Here's what we know.
Image via Remedy Entertainment

Alan Wake 2 is a gorgeous-looking sequel to the now-classic 2010 horror adventure game from Remedy Entertainment. From all of the trailers and gameplay footage we’ve seen so far, the environmental detail and combat animations are befitting its release on PS5 Xbox Series X|S (sorry, PS4 and Xbox One players!). However, you may be wondering: does Alan Wake 2 have a performance mode?

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Does Alan Wake 2 Have Performance Mode? Answered

Indeed, Alan Wake 2 will have a performance mode on consoles, including the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. This was confirmed by Remedy Entertainment Communications Director, Thomas Puha, in a September 27 tweet. He said that while the game was developed to run at 30fps, the team has been able to turn a few knobs. However, the finer details are yet to be ironed out.

In follow-ups to his original tweet, Puha said the team is still working on a few things, including what 60fps looks like. Answering one user who asked whether performance mode meant “a 60fps target of a true 60 fps lock [a] majority of the time,” Puha said that the team is “still tweaking that.” Further, he confirmed this is on consoles, not PC.

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He further mentioned that the game is focused on visuals and ambiance, and that rendering the Pacific Northwest can “make it really challenging on the framerate.” That first part echoes what Remedy Creative Director Sam Lake has said before about Alan Wake 2. In an IGN interview, Lake said the following.

[Alan Wake 2] is on Northlight. We feel that especially for this kind of experience where atmosphere and stylization are more important than ever before, is that we know Northlight so well we can focus on certain things and push certain things forward.

Sam Lake (IGN interview)

Right now, that’s what we know about performance mode in Alan Wake 2. Puha tweeted that he may write a dedicated post about the functionality at some point, so we’ll be on the lookout for more information. Alan Wake 2 releases on October 27, 2023, for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S.

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