The Remedy Entertainment control studio has previously revealed that it is working on two new projects in collaboration with Epic Games, one a "AAA cross-platform game" and the other a small-scale effort, along with a game of live service called Vanguard. In a quarterly business review released today, Remedy CEO Tero Virtala said work on all three, in addition to the single-player campaigns that the studio is working on for CrossfireX and Crossfire HD, will come in handy.
“Remedy’s AAA game project with Epic Games will soon go into full production, and the second small-scale game continues in full production mode,” Virtala said. "With Vanguard, our free-to-play cooperative gaming project, we have now defined many of the basics of the game. Development is progressing at a good pace, internal game testing is continuing and we are beginning the next phase of external closing game testing ".
Remedy has previously been a gaming studio at the same time, but in recent years (and especially with the success of Epic's control and funding) the studio has expanded its staff to allow for development of multiple projects simultaneously. Virtala said Remedy had up to 281 employees at the end of March 2021 and that "it is piloting and evaluating new ways to attract and recruit talent."
Unfortunately, the report does not provide any new information about what these new games really are. Crossfire is a long-running online FPS that is major in Asia, but CrossfireX has not yet been announced for PC (currently appearing on Xbox One and Xbox Series X), while Crossfire HD is only scheduled to release in China. . Remedy creative director Sam Lake said last year that the studio is working on a new game in the "Remedy Connected Universe "is expected to be Alan Wake 2, but no one knows for sure, and the identity of the other new game is a complete mystery.
(I keep hoping for a new Max Payne developed by Remedy, sure Epic can afford to buy it back from Rockstar, after all).
The only thing we can say for sure is that the work on Control, at least, is already done, but even that leads us to questions: Virtala said that almost all developers of Remedy's Internal Control have passed on to other things, "including an exciting new start-up project." So is it something we haven’t heard of before? Given that all of the Remedy developments we know of are within or near full production, it seems likely. I have contacted Remedy for clarification and will update if I receive a response.