October is a highly competitive month for video game launches every single year, and that’s true this year once again. Seemingly for that reason, Alan Wake 2 is getting delayed–but just barely–moving from its original date of October 17 to its new date of October 27. The news was shared by Remedy on social media.

“We’re moving Alan Wake 2’s launch from October 17 to October 27. October is an amazing month for game launches and we hope this date shift gives more space for everyone to enjoy their favorite games.

We can’t wait to show you what everyone’s favorite novelist is up to in the Dark Place next week. Thanks for your patience!”

That still puts the game on track to debut during the pre-Halloween spooky season, which should fit the survival-horror game quite nicely. With games like Spider-Man 2 and Assassin’s Creed Mirage launching within days of Alan Wake 2’s original date, the move to the back end of October may help Remedy’s sequel avoid the same fate as the original game, which launched alongside Red Dead Redemption in 2010.

By “next week,” Remedy means Gamescom, at which the team behind Alan Wake 2 is scheduled to debut a new gameplay demo showcasing the titular writer’s trek through the Dark Place. Earlier this year, we saw our first glimpse of gameplay in a segment dedicated to the new playable co-protagonist, Saga Anderson.

We’ve already done a ton of reporting on Alan Wake 2, including many original features you won’t find anywhere else online. For all of our theory-crafting, interviews, and more, be sure to check out our Alan Wake 2 hub.

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