Players tackling the early chapters of Alan Wake 2 are reporting a number of audio and graphical errors, as well as significant issues with lip sync and subtitle timing.
While Remedy Entertainment’s long-awaited second installment in the Alan Wake series launched on October 27 to positive reviews and fan acclaim, numerous gamers also took to social media to report a number of audio glitches and other issues affecting the opening installments of the game.
Players have encountered issues with both the PC and console versions of Alan Wake 2. Many are reporting intermittent audio blackouts or a complete loss of sound shortly after the first cutscenes trigger. Others were frustrated by lip sync timing issues and mistimed subtitles.
I’ve just played Alan Wake 2 for about two and a half hours and am finished with Chapter 2. I’m excited. Some major audio glitches, mostly affecting cutscenes (particularly the morgue scene), definitely marred my first few hours, but some adjustments to the settings helped a little. This first boss fight was Gr8 pic.twitter.com/eJ7rklvUtG
– Lucy (@TheCureSucks) October 28, 2023
Alan Wake 2 has terrible audio glitches on Xbox for me. Most of the time there is no sound at all when starting and I have to restart again and again. The experience is really amazing for me and I would have preferred to wait for a patch.
– Gene Park (@GenePark) October 30, 2023
I can say that Alan Wake 2 is a great game, but these audio issues on PC are not 😢😭😭
– MayorMunoz (@RayofMunoz) October 28, 2023
I love Alan Wake 2, but jeez, can we get a patch for the audio issues?
– Salty Jim (@ViewtifulJimm) October 29, 2023
“Does anyone know how to fix cutscene audio issues on PC?” Briguy241 asked in replies to a Reddit post tracking issues with Remedy Entertainment’s latest title. “The second cutscene of the game is almost unwatchable, the sound and voice are completely missing. Mouths are completely missing.”
Others have noted instances where audio quality varies significantly during cutscenes and gameplay. “Is the sound of some dialogue a bit muffled or poor quality for other people on the PS5,” wrote Redditor Isitbroke57. “I wonder if this is intentional or maybe just an audio glitch.”
IGN has reached out to Remedy Entertainment for comment on the errors.
I’m having strange audio quality issues with Alan Wake 2. I haven’t seen other people talk about this yet, so I’m not sure if it’s just me. Voice quality varies drastically #PS5Share, #AlanWake2 pic.twitter.com/4GrbkPGrqN
— Zach (@ZVB73) October 28, 2023
Otherwise the game was of course well received. In IGN’s 9/10 review, we said: “Alan Wake 2 delivers one of the boldest and most ambitious survival horror stories this side of Silent Hill 2, presenting it with flawless art direction and audio design throughout and reinvigorating the series’ signature.” new.” light-based shooting as if it were locked and loaded with a fresh pack of energizers.”
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