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Alan Wake Remastered

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

Alan Wake Remastered
Alan Wake Remastered cover
Remedy Entertainment
Epic Games Publishing
Release dates
Windows October 5, 2021
Metacritic 80
OpenCritic 80
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer
Genres Adventure
Series Alan Wake
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Alan Wake
Alan Wake 2012
Alan Wake's American Nightmare 2012
Alan Wake Remastered 2021
Alan Wake II 2023

Alan Wake Remastered is a remastered version of Alan Wake, including the The Signal and The Writer DLC. Alan Wake's American Nightmare is not included and there are no plans for it.[2]
Enhancements include: improved textures, visual effects, foliage movement, re-done pre-rendered cutscenes (including all improvements from this remaster in addition to new motion capture, improved facial animations and lip sync), added a new volumetric lighting system, additional environmental geometry, enhanced character models (updated hair and skin shaders), proper scalable UI, 64-bit support, DirectX 12 support, DLSS support and engine optimizations (like multithreading to reduce CPU bottlenecks).[1][3][4]


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Green Man Gaming
Epic Games Launcher
All versions require Epic Games Launcher DRM.

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWakeRemastered\

Save game data location

System Location
Epic Games Launcher %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWakeRemastered\

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
Requires enabling backup of the Documents folder in OneDrive on all computers.


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
The highest available resolution in game is the one currently set on desktop.[5]
Cutscenes still render in 16:9 aspect ratio [1]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Only the current desktop-resolution is selectable.[1]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Off (trilinear), 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TAA (required for resolution-scaling due to reconstruction), MSAA (4x only, required for correct vegetation-rendering) and FXAA.
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.2
Option will not be visible on unsupported hardware.[6]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Only splash-screens are entirely unlocked. Game is capped at 200 FPS. See Frame rate (FPS).
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing (RT)

Unofficial DLSS replacement with AMD's FSR 2.0

Replaces in-game DLSS option with AMD's FSR 2.0, enabling upscaling on non-RTX graphics cards.
This unofficial fan-made method can possibly contain severe bugs and has not been tested on all releases of the game (only Epic) and only tested on AMD-hardware.
Requires the user to run a file that edits the Windows Registry, which if done incorrectly, can potentially harm your Windows installation.
  1. Download the latest version of DLSS2FSR release from Nexusmods.
  2. Extract the contents of the archive next to the nvngx_dlss.dll file in your Alan Wake Remastered installation folder.
  3. Run EnableSignatureOverride.reg and confirm merge.
  4. Enable DLSS (should appear now, even on unsupported hardware) through the in-game settings.
  5. Now instead of DLSS, FSR 2.0 should be used by the game for upscaling.

Frame rate (FPS)

By default, as the frame rate increases, mouse sensitivity and acceleration is slightly reduced. Enable Direct Aiming (which disables mouse smoothing and acceleration) to circumvent this.[8]
Remove 200 FPS cap with hex editor[9]
  1. Install a hex editor such as HxD and select the main executable.
  2. Change 00 00 00 40 E1 7A 74 3F (200 FPS) to the following,
    • 37 11 11 11 11 11 71 3F for 240 FPS.
    • 17 6C C1 16 6C C1 66 3F for 360 FPS.
    • C4 10 11 11 11 11 61 3F for 480 FPS.
    • FC A9 F1 D2 4D 62 60 3F for 500 FPS.
    • AB 11 11 11 11 11 51 3F for 960 FPS.
    • FC A9 F1 D2 4D 62 50 3F for 1000 FPS.
    • E4 57 F9 BB 8E 37 1A 3F for 9999 FPS.
Remove 200 FPS cap with Cheat Engine[9]
  1. Download and run Cheat Engine
  2. Launch the game then minimize it. Open the 'Alan Wake Remastered' process in Cheat Engine.
  3. Change Memory Scan Options to Game_f_x64_EOS.exe.
  4. Search for the value 0.005000000 as a double in rounded (extreme) mode, while Executable, Writable and CopyOnWrite is set to Don't Care and the Fast Scan option disabled.
  5. Select the single value that appears and replace it with (1/Desired FPS).


This process will have to be repeated with each launch.


Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Mouse acceleration
Enabled by default. To disable, turn on Direct Aiming which also disables mouse smoothing.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Two layouts for on foot, four layouts for driving. Options for swapping control sticks and triggers.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
X-axis can also be inverted.
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Generic/other controllers
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Effects, Speech, and Cinematic volume options
Surround sound
Tested on a 5.1 system. The original game supported up to 7.1, this one should too.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Brazilian Portuguese
Two variants: Fan dubbing by GamesVoice and by Mechanics VoiceOver[1]
Latin American Spanish

Issues unresolved

Enemy ragdoll does not work as intended

Patch 1.02 introduced a new bug: enemy ragdoll death animations do not play properly.
Downgrade to a lower version of the game

Graphical glitches/artifacting on AMD CPU builds

Many jarring graphical glitches occur on any version of the game, such as lighting bugs causing random flashes of light, random black bars appearing, and vertex explosions. This issue seems to be more common on PC builds with AMD CPUs.
Change refresh rate of monitor to 60hz and turn VSync on

These bugs seem to be tied to the monitor's refresh rate. Lowering the refresh rate of the main display to 60hz through the Windows display settings and turning VSync on seems to largely alleviate this issue, but some visual bugs may still occur.

Other information

VR support


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 12 [1]
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


No middleware information; you can edit this page to add it.

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-3340 or equivalent
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD)
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 960 or AMD equivalent
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22 1.23 FAQ - Alan Wake - last accessed on 2021-09-10
  3. Alan Wake Remastered: A technical vantage point - last accessed on 2022-07-11
  4. How Alan Wake Remastered strikes a balance between new and old - last accessed on 2022-07-11
  5. Verified by User:Radmaxx on 2021-10-22
    2560x1440 was not available when the game was launched on a 1920x1080 desktop despite being the native resolution. This option only became selectable when desktop resolution was set to 1440p.
  6. Verified by User:Radmaxx on 2021-10-22
    Resolution-scaling became disabled when TAA was disabled. The engine uses MSAA for vegetation-rendering, which is forced on in all versions of the game (even on the original PC-release); disabling it leads to transparent and heavily aliased grass. DLSS-version specified in the nvngx_dlss.dll properties menu.
  7. Verified by User:Radmaxx on 2021-10-22
    At 144Hz, framerate-drops cause a consistent 144FPS to drop to a consistent 72FPS.
  8. Verified by User:Radmaxx on 2021-10-08
    Similar behavior to the original version. The official FAQ falsely claims both versions as uncapped. If direct aiming is disabled, mouse sensitivity and acceleration will still be reduced at very high frame rates; however, unlike the original, the difference is rather small and the game remains very playable at all times.
  9. 9.0 9.1 Verified by User:Radmaxx on 2021-10-08
    Both methods have been tested. Although it is possible to completely remove the FPS cap, doing so may cause soft locks and missing checkpoints.