Remedy has taken to its official forums to announce a February release window for Alan Wake on Steam, as well as list the preliminary system requirements needed in order to run the game.
The self-published game in partnership with Nitro Games will not support Games for Windows Live or Mac, and there are no plans to release modding tools or a demo for the game. It will, however, support Steam Cloud, will use Steamworks and contain Steam Achievements.
Both The Signal and The Writer DLCs will be available on Steam and are included in all copies of the game.
According to the official post from Remedy, optimization and graphics scalability are still being finalized, so some of the PC requirements listed below "may change." Still, players will be able to adjust resolution, and change graphics settings, as well as run in full screen or windowed mode. Players will also have the option to turn off the game's HUD.
It also supports NVISION 3D "very nicely," according to the post, but as it is "fairly performance heavy," a high-end GPU such as the GeForce 580GTX and moderate graphics settings are recommended. The AMD HD3D has not been tested as of yet, but the team plans to either look into it themselves, or get confirmation from a third-party as to whether it works or not.
Here's the list of requirements at present:
- 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
Remedy said its goal is for the game to be able to run on Windows XP SP2, but at present, there are still "a few minor but technically challenging" issues its need to solve in order for it to work properly. Official support will be announced after testing has finished, but for now, it was at least run on Vista and Window 7.