Helpfully accompanying the announcement are a collection of system requirements, so you can check out if this one will work on your home machine.
- OS: Windows Vista or Windows 7
- PROCESSOR: Dual core required: AMD: Athlon X2 2.8GHz; Intel: Core 2 Duo 2GHz
- MEMORY: 2 GB
- HARD DRIVE: 8 GB
- VIDEO CARD: DirectX 10 compatible or later with 512MB RAM – AMD: ATI Radeon 3650, 4450, 5550, 6450 or higher (per series); NVIDIA: GeForce 8600GT, 9500GT, GT120, GT430, GT520 (per series)
- SOUND CARD: DirectX 9.0c compatible
- INPUT: Mouse and keyboard, Xbox360 controller also supported
You might want to wait a little before you go rushing out to buy new bits and pieces for your machine, though. As the game’s still technically in development, Alan Wake is currently undergoing optimisation and scalability testing. Remedy warns that the graphics requirements (at least) may change.
Also, if you’re still running Windows XP SP2, don’t give up hope: The developer is currently working on some “technically challenging” issues, but there are plans to have the game playable on your slightly-outdated operating system.
If you are planning on picking up Alan Wake, you’ll be lookin’ for it on Steam, where it comes happilyl bundled with support for Steam Cloud and a bunch of Steam Achievements – and if that’s not good enough, both DLC episodes The Signal and The Writer are being thrown in, just for you. Enjoy!