If you’ve ever thought that what the third-person shooter really needs is a cooperative multiplayer mode, you’ll be very excited to know that one is on its way. Remedy announced An agreement has been signed today with publisher 505 Games to develop a new four-player PvE Control spin-off called Condor.
"We have successfully collaborated with 505 Games for over four years and we have both become stronger in our respective fields. We are delighted to expand and deepen our partnership," said Tero Virtala, CEO of Remedy.
"This new agreement supports Remedy's goals of expanding our games to long-term franchises, creating benchmark games, strengthening our business capabilities, and collaborating with great partners with whom we can succeed together."
From Max Payne to Control, Remedy has historically been a single-player game studio; in 2019, he was even hired to develop the single player campaign for the online shooter Mikael Kasurinen, game director at CrossFire X. Control, acknowledged that there could be "skepticism" about its ability to make a multiplayer game, but said that cooperative games "that you can access collectively, with your friends … they can shine as brightly as any other player experience does. "
"I think we can create shared experiences without compromising the unique DNA of who we are or the stories we want to tell," he said. he wrote. "Yes, we need to rethink our angles, our techniques and our mindset, but we see it as an exciting challenge: what would a Remedy multiplayer game look like?"
"We're approaching this with a mix of excitement and respect. We want to create something that's appealing, but familiar, that any of our fans can come in and feel at home with."
Remedy and 505 have also agreed on "high-level collaboration terms to further expand the Control franchise with a larger budget control game," which in my reading can only mean that there is a large-scale sequel. Kasurinen declined to say more, except to point out that he is "extremely excited about the future of the Control franchise" and that we still won't see what he cooks for a long time.
“It will be a long time before we show these projects,” he wrote. "I'll be back in the lab for a while, but don't worry, there are other Remedy experiences coming from our studio that I know you'll love."
Kasurinen also shared what is supposedly the conceptual art of the Condor of four Control Operators patiently waiting their turns with the Secretary after what appears to be a very hard day in the office. I'm not sure Remedy needs a multiplayer spin-off, but the energy of this image makes me want to try it.