The Full Nerd special edition: Inside Alan Wake 2’s stunning graphics
In this episode of The Full Nerd, Brad Chacos and Adam Patrick Murray are joined by not one, not two, but three special guests to dive deep into Alan Wake 2’s cutting-edge visuals.
Alan Wake 2 is already being hailed as a modern horror masterpiece in reviews and is well worth the long 13 year wait since the original Alan Wake launched. But it’s not just a great game. Alan Wake 2 is an absolute technical powerhouse as well, armed with virtually every cutting-edge graphics technology you can think of to bring Bright Falls and the Dark Place to life.
Remedy lead graphics programmer Tatu Aalto and communications director Thomas Puha joined us hours before Alan Wake 2’s release, along with Nvidia GeForce evangelist Jacob Freeman, to answer our nerdiest questions about this technical tour de force.
Full-blown path-tracing, DLSS Frame Generation, Ray Reconstruction, mesh shaders, mandatory SSD speed, Alan Wake 2 has it all. Our guests explain the perks and considerations behind each decision: why Remedy needed to make Alan Wake 2 the first game to lean heavily on DirectX 12’s mesh shaders, the studio’s philosophy behind melding gameplay and graphics, why path tracing is the future (but AI upscaling isn’t yet), whether the game’s hardware requirements aren’t as steep as they seem at first blush, whether you’ve needed to play Remedy’s other games to enjoy this one, and a whole, whole lot more.