Alan Wake

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This page is for the original 2012 version. For the 2021 remaster, see Alan Wake Remastered.

Alan Wake
Alan Wake cover
Remedy Entertainment
Windows Nitro Games
Remedy Entertainment
Release dates
Windows February 16, 2012
Metacritic 83
Monetization Sponsored
Modes Singleplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives Third-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action
Themes Contemporary, Supernatural, Detective/mystery
Series Alan Wake
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Alan Wake on Wikipedia
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Alan Wake Remastered 2021

Alan Wake is a singleplayer third-person action game in the Alan Wake series.

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Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when launched from the executable.[1]
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Collector's Edition also available.
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Collector's Edition also available.
Green Man Gaming
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Collector's Edition also available
Humble Store
Collector's Edition also available.
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Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
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Collector's Edition also available.
The bonus content of the Collector's Edition can be found in the installation folder of the game.
The game was unavailable from May 15, 2017 to October 25, 2018 due to music licensing issues.


Type Notes
Sponsored Energizer batteries are used to power the protagonist's flashlight throughout the game.
Verizon billboards are part of the game world.[2]

DLC and expansion packs

Base game includes all DLC released for the Xbox 360 version.
Name Notes
Bonus Materials Available for free.
Collector's Edition Extras

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\videos\.
  2. Delete or rename startup_mgs.bik and startup_remedy.bik

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWake\
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWake_EGS_Version\ %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWake_GOG_Version\
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWake_MS_Version\
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/108710/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/108710/pfx/[Note 1]
resolution.xml controls screen resolution as well as debugging information.

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWake\
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWake_EGS_Version\ %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWake_GOG_Version\
Microsoft Store %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWake_MS_Version\
Steam <Steam-folder>/userdata/<user-id>/108710/
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/108710/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Approx. 100 MB available.
Settings will sync, except graphics settings.


Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Advanced options for graphics.
Advanced options for graphics.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
FMVs are windowboxed.
4K Ultra HD
UI elements are meant for 720p and have no scaling applied to them; thus becoming smaller as the output resolution increases.
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Set the game to windowed mode then use Borderless Gaming to make the game borderless.
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Up 8x MSAA (2x as the minimum); Low to high FXAA.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
No refresh rate cap but the game is capped at 200 fps.[3] To remove the cap, See Frame rate (FPS).

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Suggested values by aspect ratio:
Aspect Ratio FOV
16:9, 16:10, 15:9 FOV 11
21:9 (2560x1080) FOV 13
15:4 (3840x1024) FOV 15
48:10 (5040x1050) FOV 19
48:9 (5760x1080) FOV 20

Frame rate (FPS)[edit]

Remove FPS Cap[citation needed]
This process must be performed each time the game is launched to take effect.
Tested on the GOG version of the game.
Mouse sensitivity is tied to frame rate.
  1. Download and run Cheat Engine. Go to the main menu.
  2. Set Executable, Writable and CopyOnWrite to Don't Care and memory scan option to alanwake.exe.
  3. Disable the Fast Scan option and search for the value 0.005000 as a float and as a double in rounded (extreme) mode. Select all values.
  4. Set the all the values to 0 to uncap or (1/FPS) for a custom cap.

Ambient occlusion[edit]

Force HBAO+ (Nvidia only)[4][5]
  1. Download and run Nvidia Profile Inspector.
  2. Select the Alan Wake profile.
  3. Change Ambient Occlusion compatibility value to 0x0000002D or 0x00000011 if it causes flickering on newer hardware.
  4. Change Ambient Occlusion setting to High Quality.
  5. Change Ambient Occlusion usage to Enabled.
  6. Press "Apply Changes" in the top-right corner.


In-game SSAO needs to be disabled.


Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Enter and ← Backspace cannot be bound. See Binding Enter or Backspace to actions.
Mouse acceleration
On by default. Enable Direct Aiming in the controls to disable it.
Mouse sensitivity
Tied to frame rate. Higher FPS values make the mouse less responsive.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Two layouts only.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts

Binding Enter or Backspace to actions[edit]

Edit keybinds.xml[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open keybinds.xml.
  3. For the action you want to set to Enter use key="0x1c", or use key="0x0e" to set to ← Backspace.


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate controls for music, effects, speech, and cinematic.
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 7.1 output.[6]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Fan translation.
Brazilian Portuguese
Fan translation
Fan voice-over by «Mechanics VoiceOver».
Fan voice-over by «GamesVoice».
Includes localization for Spain and Latin American countries.[7]
Latin American Spanish
Includes localization for Spain and Latin American countries.[7]
Fan translation. Details missing—please edit this page and add it.

Latin American Spanish localization[edit]

Features its own dubbing.
Configure the game in Latin American Spanish[8]
  1. Download the language pack.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>/data/.
  3. Enter this command line argument: -locale=esm

Change of language in Epic Game Store version[edit]

Add command line option to the game in Epic Game Store client[9]
  1. Update the game.
  2. Go to Settings in the Epic Games launcher.
  3. Click 'alan wake'.
  4. Tick 'additional command line arguments'.
  5. Type -locale=XX where XX is the language code.
Possible language codes: en, pl, fr, jp, de, esm, it, ko, cht, ru, cz.

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Alan Wake for better 3D support.
TriDef 3D
Officially supported Game, see vorpX gamelist

Issues unresolved[edit]

Commentary audio volume too high[edit]

The volume for audio commentary cannot be changed and may be too high for some users. It was lowered slightly in 1.02 to be "more sensible".

Issues fixed[edit]

Everything is black and white on Intel graphics[edit]

This glitch causes all the graphics in the game to appear white, black and dark grey, while all the lighting and shadows seem to work.
This occurs on (even slightly) older Intel graphics drivers (confirmed with the one that ships with Apple's Boot Camp drivers for Windows 8).
Update graphics driver[citation needed]
Download and install the appropriate driver for your graphics adapter and OS from Intel's Download Center.

"No World Loaded" error[edit]

This is caused by a corrupted download.
Fix corrupted files[citation needed]
Use the Steam client's "Verify Integrity of Game Cache" option or redownload the game installer from

Nvidia Control Panel forced anisotropic filtering disables the "darkness effect" and causes texture flickering[edit]

With Nvidia cards, if anisotropic filtering is forced through the Nvidia Control Panel, the "darkness effect" post processing (swirls, blur) might be missing and textures might flicker. This issue is solved by changing AF in Nvidia Control Panel to application controlled and enabling 16x anisotropic filtering in the game options.

Black cutscenes[edit]

Use the ingame Vsync and force Vsync through drivers[10]

No sound[edit]

Disable the Alienware Sound Center[11]

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 9
Shader Model support 3.0
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio FMOD Ex 4.26.9 [2]
Cutscenes Bink Video 1.99n

Disabling blur effects[edit]

Turn motion blur off[12]
  1. Download this file.
  2. Copy VectorBlur.obj to <path-to-game>/shaders/build/pc.


Turn all blur effects off[12]
This also disables post-processing such as the "darkness effect" (swirls, blur).
  1. Start the game with the command line parameter -noblur.

Command line parameters[edit]

Set these parameters to change certain hidden settings or force different options at start-up.[13]

Command Description
-hX Screen height (e.g. -h720).
-wX Screen width (e.g. -w1280).
-window Force windowed.
-novsync Disables Vsync.
-showfps Shows frame rate counter.
-forcesurround Forces 5.1 speaker mode.
-forcestereo Forces stereo speaker mode.
-nosound Disables sound.
-cleancloud Deletes save games and settings for Alan Wake from the Steam Cloud.
-noblur Disables the in-game vector blur.
-locale=xx Forces a selected locale.
-rigidcamera Modifies mouse aim behavior.
-directaiming Removes all mouse acceleration, also enables -rigidcamera.
-sensscale mouse sensitivity multiplier (e.g. -sensscale=0.123)
-nativekeys Fixes Windows language bar or input language disappearance.
-developermenu Unlocks all episodes and allows you to play at Nightmare difficulty without completing the game first on lower difficulties.
-freecamera Pressing the right thumb stick enables/disables freecamera mode. There is no keyboard switch.


Normal difficulty on the PC version is the same as the Hard difficulty in the console version.[14]

Unpacking game files for modding[edit]

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2
Processor (CPU) Intel Dual Core 2.0 GHz
AMD Dual Core 2.8 GHz
System memory (RAM) 2 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
Sound (audio device) DirectX 9.0c compatible


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/108710/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (108710) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.