15. Doors to other realities
Time loops, evil doppelgangers, and parallel realities are just some of the few things Alan Wake has to deal with on a day-to-day basis. But even if the Dark Place is the only alternate dimension Alan has visited so far, he's just one door away from traveling to a completely different world.
In the Oceanview Hotel, players will come across many doors that have white symbols painted on them. Thanks to Control, we know those act as portals to parallel dimensions. In the picture above we can see a door that has an inverted pyramid painted on it. If Alan was able to open that door, he would be taken to Control's Astral World the inverted pyramid that goes by the name of The Board resides.
It doesn't stop there, however, as there are many different doors that lead to many different realities. All of them can be seen below:
Just to be clear, the door with the spiral on it is a reference to Alan Wake's own writer's room in the Dark Place. But what about the other doors? Well, we can't say for sure where they lead, but that won't stop us from speculating.
The triangle door could be a portal to Quantum Break's world since its symbol shape could represent the bottom part of an hourglass clock (better seen in this picture). The door with two circles overlapping each other is believed to belong to Vanguard, Remedy's upcoming multiplayer project. As for the remaining door with the rectangle symbol, no one has a clear guess yet. So let's leave it up to time to give us some answers.
16. Altered Items
Don't let this (apparently) harmless rubber duck fool you, as it could hold a great amount of power. After all, the last time players came across this haunted toy was in Control, where it acted as an altered item. It even got to a point where Jesse Faden herself had to cleanse it from whatever supernatural force took over it. So next time you spot it in Alan Wake 2, make sure to double check it's not following you.
It wouldn't surprise us if a few other secrets were waiting to be found somewhere within Alan Wake 2. After all, the paths that Alan and Saga walk on are filled with many mysteries that are still unsolved. However, these were all the hidden references we were able to spot on our playthrough! Did we miss some? Let us know on our social media pages, and be sure to always bring a lantern with you when venturing into the dark.