If you've been wondering about the long development time of Alan Wake 2 and what Remedy has been up to in the meantime, we do have an answer now. The studio recently revealed that Control 2 and the Max Payne remakes are in "production readiness stage". We might see something from those games sooner, rather than later.
In the latest earnings report, the Remedy CEO Tero Virtala said that the company is quite happy with the overall positive reception of Alan Wake 2 by both critics and fans. But that it is "too early to draw conclusions on the game’s commercial success".
As for the company's projects, there are some interesting updates indeed. The CEO reports that the sequel to Control "continues in the proof-of-concept stage. The plans for this sequel are ambitious, and we have seen good progress both in the designs and in the game build".
Control was the company's biggest success ever, earning €92 millions with over three million sales. With an original budget of 30 millions, the game made back over three times its original dev costs. Control received nominations for eleven BAFTA awards, along with winning several "Game of the Year" awards.
The Max Payne remakes have also entered the production readiness stage. "We have gained clarity on the style and scope of the game, and we have an exceptionally well-organized team working on it" says Virtala. "With these accomplishments, we are excited about the project and its future success".
The CEO also mentions other projects from Remedy, such as the co-op multiplayer title Condor, which also has now entered the production readiness stage. A bit more mystery envelops Codename Vanguard, which is still in the proof-of-concept stage, with the studio hoping to start production next year.
With Alan Wake 2 being praised and selling quite well, also because of its performance mode, 2023 looks to end on a bang for the Finnish studio, and 2024 is shaping up to be even more interesting. We will be watching.