“No, we’re not pivoting away from single-player games,” says Control developer Remedy

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Back in 2016, Alan Wake developer Remedy launched a weblog submit titled ‘Remedy goes multiplayer’.

Around that very same time, different studios had been pivoting to multiplayer. Pitches for conventional single-player games had been being batted away by huge publishers in favour of games as a service – unending experiences that may be endlessly monetised. This weblog submit made many assume that’s the place Remedy would in the end head as properly.

“As an independent studio in the highly competitive games business, it is crucial to constantly evaluate and define our direction,” the blog post stated. “We need to preserve doing and bettering on what we do finest: thrilling tales, memorable characters, plausible worlds and cinematic motion.

“Single-player expertise has at all times been an vital focus for us. At the identical time, we need to problem ourselves to seek out methods to additionally broaden these parts to incorporate cooperative multiplayer.”

Then Remedy introduced Control, a brand new single-player expertise from the studio, although barely much less linear and with 100 % extra loot than earlier games. But whereas work continues on Control, Remedy can also be beavering away on creating one thing for Crossfire, an internet shooter, in addition to permitting its prototype group, Vanguard, to put the groundwork for its subsequent game – possible a multiplayer expertise. Does this imply Control may very well be one of many final single-player games we see from the story-driven studio?

“No, we’re not pivoting away from single-player games,” communications director Thomas Puha tells VG247 throughout PAX East. “The one assumption I do need to right is that lots of people at Remedy have been there for a very long time. It’s not like we at all times need to be making the very same factor both. Loads of us like multiplayer games so much – and different varieties of games. So it’s like we take a look at it [and say], ‘It would be fun to try to do something and find our way in that world’, and Remedy tends to be fairly cautious, for a very good purpose.

“We’ve been in enterprise since ‘95 in a very volatile industry and we want to make sure we stay in business. So with Vanguard it’s extra like, ‘Okay, well go experiment. You have your kind of sandbox and let’s see what comes out of it.’ And another excuse, actually, is that we need to preserve maintain of all the good individuals we have now, so from an organization degree it’s like, ‘Let’s give our workers alternatives to work with several types of issues.’ So there’s that as properly.”

Did you understand we virtually obtained an Alan Wake 2, however it didn’t work out?