Alan Wake 2 is formally on the best way. Treatment’s sequel as soon as felt unattainable, however the Finnish developer has been constructing towards this second for the previous a number of years, which included buying the mental property rights from Microsoft, revealing its Treatment Related Universe, and remastering the unique 2010 cult traditional Alan Wake. The debut trailer mixes some computer-generated environments with a live-action Alan who appears to be like a bit like John Wick on day 10 of insomnia.
Whereas there isn’t any gameplay to take a look at but, the temper piece does include many clues as to the story and setting for Alan Wake 2. We have tried to unravel all of these clues right here. When you suppose we missed any, tell us. We’re desirous to be taught extra concerning the 2023 sport, which Treatment says goes all in on survival-horror. Listed below are 20 issues you could have missed within the Alan Wake 2 trailer, as damaged down into its 4 primary scenes.
Within the first scene of the dioramic reveal trailer, we see Alan standing within the woods surrounded by some particulars properly value noting.
1. The lifeless physique
Undoubtedly, you caught the human corpse mendacity on the picnic desk like Hannibal Lecter was there having fun with a day on the park. The fascinating factor to notice is that the physique doesn’t seem like that of a Taken, particularly contemplating that defeated Taken wither away into the air when killed. It appears as if somebody (Alan?) has killed the person or come across this grisly scene. And legislation enforcement is clearly on the scene too, as they’ve marked not less than 38 items of proof, together with the unusually bare physique.
2. Deer head (or masks?)
Beneath the picnic desk on the appropriate sits a deer’s head, although it seems so clear that it might really be a masks of some type. Is it a Deer Fest memento belonging to the obvious sufferer mendacity lifeless atop the desk? If it is a masks, it might suggest that Deer Fest will as soon as extra be ongoing throughout Wake’s long-awaited return, one thing a later a part of the trailer suggests much more.
3. Overlapping triangles
In what is going to develop into a recurring image within the transient trailer, we see our first glimpse of overlapping triangles carved into the tree on the left. On this instance, the triangles are organized with one overlapping the opposite in a north and south method. Whereas we have not seen this image in Alan Wake earlier than, we do see it within the Wake-heavy “AWE” DLC for Management, however provided that you catch it amid a fast-moving montage of purposely blurry pictures.
The image appears to narrate to the Cult of the Tree, which is a mysterious group solely talked about by title in a couple of obscure locations like this thus far. We do not know what their motives are, who’s on this group, or actually something aside from their title. In line with one unknown investigator’s corkboard, The Cult of the Tree is expounded to this image, and it appears solely to be present in Watery, Washington, the rival city throughout the lake from Brilliant Falls. Due to Sir Galehaut–the most educated Treatment lore fan I do know–for the picture and extra background data.
4. A cabin… however perhaps not the cabin
On the appropriate within the background, we see a cabin. One’s first intuition could also be to imagine that is Chicken Leg Cabin reborn because it was in Alan’s first nightmarish journey. However not solely is the location of this cabin not in keeping with Chicken Leg Cabin, which sat on a small island in the midst of Cauldron Lake till it sank away within the Nineteen Seventies, however the roof is barely totally different from the Chicken Leg Cabin we have seen earlier than. It accommodates one extra peak in its ceiling between the 2 home windows that, admittedly, do appear very related in each the unique sport and the brand new trailer. Nonetheless, it is extra probably that is only a cabin within the woods, not Alan’s former author’s den–but additionally a bit unusual that the 2 buildings are so similar.
5. Cauldron Lake signal
We’re unable to make out the underside line of the signal, however look between the thick tree and the cabin and you will find an indication for Cauldron Lake. Does this level to the notorious physique of water being close by? Most likely, however we will not know extra till we’re in a position to decipher the remainder of the writing on the massive however sadly shadowy signal.
6. Espresso thermos
Much less necessary to the lore (most likely), however nonetheless a enjoyable reference is the long-lasting blue Oh, Deer Diner espresso thermos. Who may overlook having to trace down all of those tucked-away do-nothing thermoses just because they liked the sport a lot and wished all the achievements?
Once we transition to the cityscape, much more clues might be pulled out of the scene. This is all we have discovered thus far
7. Oceanview Motel
Instantly, the colourful purple lights of the Oceanview Motel signage might be seen within the again left. We all know from Management that the Oceanview is a “Threshold,” and acts as some type of transit junction, like a practice station between realities and bodily areas in our world. In Management’s AWE DLC, it was within the Oceanview that protagonist Jesse Faden was in a position to get a glimpse of Alan. It is potential Alan has realized how you can journey on this approach, or perhaps he is merely stumbled upon it unintentionally.
8. Caldera St. subway station
We have not seen point out of a Caldera St. within the RCU earlier than, greatest we will inform. Nevertheless, we all know that Cauldron Lake itself is a caldera, or a lake shaped by a volcanic eruption. This once more factors to Alan’s world taking over an more and more fantastical, malleable form
9. Extra triangles
We will see extra triangles on the left of the scene, drawn on a bus cease. Curiously, this time the triangles are aspect by aspect, not one on high of the opposite, which appears to be the extra generally seen model of the image. Does this make it one thing aside from the Cult’s icon? Maybe it factors to 2 parallel worlds colliding, or it has one thing to do with Management’s pyramid-manifesting and mysterious Board.
Throughout from the Oceanview, we will see one other neon-lit signal that appears to learn “Initiation.” We all know from Quantum Break that somebody was finding out Alan Wake’s disappearance, and for some purpose associated it to the Campbellian Monomyth–the Hero’s Journey, because it’s extra generally identified. Cut up into three primary elements, the Monomyth tells a narrative of “Departure, Initiation, Return.”
Alan’s manuscript within the authentic sport was to be known as Departure, and extra just lately, we have heard the sequel story referenced as “Return,” akin to in a live-action teaser present in Quantum Break. However with “Initiation” now cropping up, does that mean Wake’s story is a planned trilogy, or maybe, is that this trailer the center half that can lead us to his true Return in Alan Wake 2?
11. Tom The Poet
On the telephone sales space on the left aspect, we will clearly make out a Tom The Poet poster, even perhaps the identical one we see within the early minutes of the unique sport. This can be a nod to Thomas Zane, a personality who could have skilled one thing very like Alan’s personal horrific journey many years earlier than him–if he existed in any respect, that’s.
12. “Night time Gala”
Subsequent to the Tom poster, a harder-to-read poster appears to characteristic a clown and the phrases “Night time Gala” on it. We’re stumped as to what this one may imply, however once more, nothing is completed by chance in a Treatment world, so it is most likely solely a matter of time till we be taught what it’s. Whether or not it is a TV present, a reside occasion, or a twisted reminiscence plastered on the wall in the actual world, we wager we’ll know quickly sufficient.
13. The clock
On the left, a tall clock appears to learn 10:10 on its face. That is both a inconsiderate choice–the clock has to say one thing, proper?– or, perhaps, the mirrored numbers are a nod to the unusual and violent Alan doppelganger, Mr. Scratch. It is definitely not the final reference to the obvious satan on this trailer.
14. Ahma beer model
In Alan Wake Remastered, new property have been added to the city of Brilliant Falls within the kind of some fliers, which appeared to sign they might be necessary. (In any other case, why add them?) Considered one of these was an advert for Ahma beer firm, a neighborhood brew made throughout the lake from Brilliant Falls in Watery. Ahma means “wolverine” in Finnish and is probably going the drink Ahti is holding in Management when gamers discover his postcard that reveals the janitor is staying in Brilliant Falls’ rival city.
Downtown Brilliant Falls
Naturally, Brilliant Falls additionally homes a couple of clues of its personal concerning Alan Wake 2. Listed below are the stones we have uncovered to date.
15. Zane quote on the deli signal
On the appropriate, behind the meals truck, sits a deli-style signal that reads “Quote of the day: Your folks will meet him once you’re gone.” This can be a direct reference to what Thomas Zane says to Alan concerning Mr. Scratch, the weird doppleganger whom we understand later is quite unhinged. Does this quote showing right here imply the areas we have seen should not tangible locations on the earth, however quite Alan’s psyche manifested as a real-world time and place? And does this imply Mr. Scratch is again, after apparently being destroyed on the finish of the pseudo-sequel, Alan Wake’s American Nightmare?
16. 81st Deer Fest
A banner draped over the Oh, Deer Diner on the left aspect of the scene reads “Deer Fest – 81st Annual.” Within the authentic 2010 sport, Alan and Alice arrived in Brilliant Falls simply in time for the 68th annual Deer Fest. Which means Alan’s world in Alan Wake 2 would seem to have aged in lockstep with the actual world. When the sport arrives in 2023, it can have been 13 years between chapters.
17. Espresso World
Just like the Ahma beer signage that first popped up within the remastered authentic sport, we additionally began to see indicators for Espresso World, an obvious native favourite for Watery residents. Just like the beer firm, this Espresso World would appear to brew its product utilizing native water reserves. We get the sensation that there is perhaps one thing particular concerning the water in Watery (and never simply due to the city’s title). A Espresso World post-it additionally seems on that investigation board briefly proven in AWE that mentions the Cult of the Tree, suggesting there’s additionally one thing unusual about it.
Thus, it feels a bit foreboding that the meals truck parked in Brilliant Falls appears to have come throughout the bridge from Watery. If there’s one thing unwelcome in Watery, are some residents there knowingly corrupting Brilliant Falls by promoting it to them as coffees and beers? One thing is unquestionably off about this city, however we aren’t fairly certain what it’s but.
Within the closing scene, we zoom in on Alan’s face. This quick, jump-scary second nonetheless holds a couple of extra secrets and techniques.
18. Alan’s magical lamp
In Alan’s hand appears to be a lamp with out its shade on. That is hardly outstanding, however what makes it value noting is that it is also not plugged in wherever. It will appear, like he did with The Clicker, Alan is ready to imbue this object with energy. Maybe it alerts an Alan who’s stronger and extra succesful.
19. Alan’s actually magical lamp
Not solely does Alan function a lamp with none obvious energy supply past his personal penchant for manifestation, however the base of the lamp additionally appears to be like like a fairy of some type. (It additionally type of appears to be like like a Sport Award–subliminal messaging?) The fairy design may very well be merely symbolic, however both approach, it probably factors to the creature of Finnish folklore, the Keiju (to not be confused with Kaiju). According to myth, the Keiju “are tiny and exquisite humanoid creatures with wings like these of a dragonfly or butterfly. They reside in forest ponds or misty meadows, normally in a parallel world.” That is our emphasis added, for apparent causes.
Provided that the Treatment Related Universe already pulls lots from folklore (Baba Yaga, Chicken Leg Cabin, Yggdrasil), is Alan’s fairy mild one other deliberate image?
20. Mr. Scratch is the monster
The final picture we see is of a very unhinged Alan, grinding his blood-stained tooth and looking out able to tear somebody’s flesh from their bones. It is probably that that is really Mr. Scratch, because the trailer already contains nods to the doppelganger and the haunting image of him is just like what we hear Alice recount on an audio log in Management’s closing enlargement, AWE. She describes being visited by a deranged model of Alan very very like the one we see right here. And in Alan Wake’s American Nightmare, we noticed Mr. Scratch committing a lot of murders–and he appears to be like precisely like Alan. So in case you’re apprehensive whether or not Alan has actually gone off the deep finish, he hasn’t. Effectively, perhaps. Hopefully.
Did you notice something we did not within the Alan Wake 2 reveal trailer? Tell us, and we’ll remedy this thriller collectively.