Alan Wake 2 is Remedy’s fastest selling game, still yet to turn a profit

Posted on February 18, 2024

Alan Wake 2, Remedy’s critically acclaimed and award-winning 2023 paranormal horror video game, has also been confirmed as Remedy’s fastest-selling game to date. Despite its financial success, however, the game has yet to recoup its development and marketing costs and turn a profit for its developer.

According to a financial statement to investors, Remedy verified that Alan Wake 2 has sold 1.3 million units, with 1 million of those occurring by the end of last year. The game also sold over three times more digital copies and 50% more copies overall in the game’s first two months than Remedy’s previous game, Control, managed in its first four months.

According to Remedy CEO Tero Virtala, “We are happy with the start of Alan Wake 2’s sales. The price point has also remained at a high level, and the game has already recouped a significant part of the development and marketing expenses. We will continue to develop the game to serve existing fans and attract new players and expect the game to continue selling well”. It is worth keeping in mind that Alan Wake 2 was a digital-only release, meaning that Remedy did not incur any costs regarding printing and shipping physical copies.

It is somewhat disappointing that, despite being Remedy’s biggest sales and critical success so far and cutting out costs like physical distribution, Alan Wake 2 has failed to make a profit (at least so far). Two premium DLC expansions, entitled “Night Springs” and “The Lake House”, are on their way. These will likely help the game’s finances in the long run.

Remedy also confirms plans for “growing and expanding” its established franchises of Alan Wake and Control, with a sequel to Control announced to be in the works for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S. Remedy is also developing remasters of its classic Max Payne duology with assistance from Rockstar Games, while the two companies are engaged in a trademark dispute.