A resource has been released its latest business reviewin which it discusses a host of its upcoming projects, and confirms that the studio’s “next major game launch, Alan Wake 2, [is] happening as planned in 2023.”
The studio has not earned a huge amount of money in the last year, not surprising because it has not released anything new, although there are still tens of millions for the development of its various projects.
Most of it went to Alan Wake 2 and Codename Condor, a spin-off from Control, which “remained in the proof of concept stage” says CEO Tero Virtala. Codename Condor will be a cooperative game, writes Virtala, with its core designs “being prototyped and the gameplay already at this early stage feels fun. We’re giving the team time to work on a bunch of important game design elements and finalize the essential pillars before moving the project to the next development phase.”
Also in development alongside Codename Condor is Codename Heron, a “higher-budget Control game” that is in the concept stage and is likely to be a direct sequel. Don’t expect it anytime soon though: early development seems to have gone well, and the team is now expanded but remains moderate.
Vanguard is probably the licensed property, and also stands out here as not being named after a bird. This is a free co-op game that will be co-published by Tencent, and development will take longer than Remedy initially believed. It remains in a proof-of-concept stage although ultimately aims to be “a vast service-based F2P game with a rich world and select new elements, making it a game that stands out from other multiplayer games.”
Alan Wake 2 is in full production and will launch on schedule. “There’s still a lot of work to be done, but the game is coming together on all fronts,” writes Virtala. “User testing continues and the feedback from the user research has been encouraging. After seeing how the elements come together, I’m confident we’ll launch a great game.”
Remedy’s expectation is that, from Alan Wake 2 onwards, it will release new games in both 2024 and 2025, all accompanied by either or both free and paid DLC. Notably absent from this briefing was any mention of the Crossfire single player campaign that Remedy worked on, probably because it’s not very good, although it’s clear that Epic’s interest in Remedy has allowed the studio to significantly expand its project. We’ll find out if that results in the excellent Alan Wake 2 that everyone is hoping for soon enough.