2023 was surely one of the best years for gamers, as we got to witness Starfield, Diablo 4, Baldur’s Gate, Zelda ToTK, Hogwarts Legacy, Star Wars, and so on. While Resident Evil 4 Remake was there for the occasional lovers of horror-action games, there is still something missing deep inside. That sometimes is a pure “Survival Horror Game”, based on a story and set to thrill the players.
Alan Wake 2 is that Survival Horror Game, successor to the Alan Wake 1, and developed by Remedy Entertainment. While the game is available on all the platforms including PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, it is exclusively available on Epic Games Store for Windows PC gamers.
What’s the point of buying a game, when you can’t even start it? Alan Wake 2 Not Launching, Starting, and Opening is an occasional issue that players face after the release of the game. Let’s discuss the issue at hand here and give you a proper fix as well.
Why is Alan Wake 2 Not Launching, and Starting?
There are various reasons behind the game not launching or starting. Most notable is the game’s requirement that stops players from playing the game unless their system can run it.
Alan Wake 2 is a fairly demanding game that could even fry that 4090. Therefore, the first thing that could be the troublemaker is your system as well.
Furthermore, the game’s timing and global release can be different for everyone. It might not be available in your region when you are trying to launch or open the game.
How to Fix Alan Wake 2 Not Launching, Starting, Opening?
Check Game’s Requirements
Check back on the requirements of the game, whether your system can even run it or not. Here are the Alan Wake 2 System Requirements.
|GPU||GeForce RTX 2060 / Radeon RX 6600 6GB||GeForce RTX 3060 / Radeon RX 6600 XT 8GB|
|CPU||Core i5-7600K / AMD Ryzen 5 1600||Core i7-11700K / Ryzen 7 3700X|
|RAM||16 GB||16 GB Duel Channel|
|ROM||86 GB||86 GB (SSD)|
Check the Game’s Release Time in your Region
The game is set to release on 27 October 2023, there is no Preload and Early Access to the game, and exclusively available on Epic Games Launcher. The date might be the same for everyone, but the release time is different due to the regions.
For Europe, it is different than the England/British time, which is also different from the US Time. Here is the Alan Wake 2 Release Time for Each Region.
- 9 PC Los Angeles
- 12 AM New York
- 5 AM London
- 6 AM Bejium
- 7 AM Helsinki
- 1 AM Sao Paulo
- 1 PM Tokyo
- 3 PC Sydney
- 5 PM Auckland
Check back on your region from the above-mentioned timelines and confirm whether the game is released or not.
Verify Game Files on Epic Games Launcher
If the game is launched and your Epic Launcher can run the game effortlessly, you might have to Verify Game Files to Fix Alan Wake 2 Not Launching, Starting, and Opening.
- Open Epic Games Launcher
- Find Alan Wake 2
- On the Right Side, click 3 Dots
- Proceed to Manage
- Click on the “Verify”
Wait and have patience. Epic Launcher will check back on all the game files, repairing the missing ones and repairing the corrupted ones.
Update GPU Drivers
This one is rare in the scenario but could be the culprit. When your system hasn’t had a GPU Driver update in a while, it can also result in the Game Not Starting, Launching, and Opening.
- For Nvidia, you can download the Drivers from Nvidia Experience.
- For AMD, you can download the Drivers from AMD Adrenaline or through the manual method.
- Search “Updates” on Windows and let it load up all the latest updates available.
Close and Restart Epic Launcher
If you can’t play Alan Wake 2, then it could be the Epic Launcher itself. Epic Launcher and some other applications are always running in the background, even if you close it on the screen. Whenever a game is launched on Epic, you will have to close and restart it. Right-click on the taskbar, below, on your Windows, and then select Task Manager.
Here, you need to find an Epic Launcher Client and close everything that is related to Epic. Then, restart your system once, and when you are back, you need to start Epic Client.
Start Alan Wake 2 to see whether it fixed Alan Wake 2 Not Launching, Starting, and Opening issues.