Remedy Entertainment, developers behind iconic titles like Max Payne and Alan Wake, as well as their latest hit Control, have recently announced in an investors meeting that they’re collaborating with Tencent for a Free To Play PVE Co-op Shooter. The title is Codenamed “Vanguard”. According to the announcement page, the title is supposedly in very early development.
This game will be Remedy’s first foray into the “Games as a Service” model. The model has been getting widely popular lately, notably in the AAA market with big publishers like EA and Ubisoft heavily investing into these kinds of games. The budget for the first year support of the game is also estimated to be the equivalent of an average Remedy AAA game so players can likely expect a high budget experience with this upcoming title.
The page states that: “The game codenamed Vanguard (“the game”), Remedy’s original intellectual property, is a free-to-play, co-operative PvE shooter that combines Remedy’s narrative expertise and action gameplay into an immersive multiplayer experience. The game is developed with the Unreal Engine for PC and console platforms. Remedy will develop and publish the game worldwide, excluding selected Asian markets, where Tencent will localize and publish the game.”
There are also already talks of a Tencent developed and published mobile version of the same game. Tero Virtala, CEO of Remedy Entertainment had the following to say about their partnership with Tencent: “Vanguard marks Remedy’s first entry into Games-as-a-Service business model, executed by our top tier team of free-to-play experts. We are building something new and exciting for co-operative multiplayer space, on top of Remedy’s strengths. Expanding our capabilities to take on publishing responsibilities is the next step in the development of our company. We are excited for this long-term partnership with Tencent and with confidence can say that it is an excellent fit in supporting Vanguard’s ambitious plans. Vanguard is a global opportunity, and Tencent can support Remedy internationally, and lead the operations in Asia and the mobile markets.”
Remedy has been widely known to deliver story-driven single experiences with their games. They’ve been widely recognized for beloved titles like Max Payne 1 and 2, Alan Wake, Quantum Break and 2019’s surprise hit, Control. The team is also currently working on the long awaited sequel to Alan Wake which is intended to be a survival horror experience this time around, something akin to a Resident Evil game than your typical Remedy Power fantasy. Meanwhile we can expect “Vanguard” to be announced much later as the game is confirmed to be in its proof-of-concept phase right now.
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