Remedy Entertainment and 505 Games have announced Project Condor, an upcoming game set in the same universe as Control: Ultimate Edition that seeks to "expand the world" — and it's going to be a multiplayer game.
"[Today] Remedy Entertainment and 505 Games announced that we have signed a new game, codenamed Condor, which is a spin-off set to expand the world we kicked off with Control," franchise director Mikael Kasurinen said in a statement on Remedy's website (via Twitter).
What is the Control Multiplayer Spinoff Project Condor?
Project Condor will be a spinoff of Remedy's previous game Control. The open-world game Control has you taking on the role of the Federal Bureau of Control's new director Jesse Faden, an enigmatic woman who is searching for her brother and combating a supernatural entity known as "The Hiss."
"We get that there is going to be skepticism about multiplayer. But I believe we can create shared experiences without compromising the unique DNA of who we are, or the stories we want to tell." – Control Franchise Game Director Mikael Kasurinen
Remedy Entertainment created a robust and vibrant world for Control. Supernatural objects and entities are all over the world and the Federal Bureau of Control is tasked with studying, capturing, and securing these oddities in its headquarters at "The Oldest House." Even the FBC's HQ is weird — the geometry of rooms appears to change and there are strange locations that no living person truly understands to this day.
Control Franchise Game Director Mikael Kasurinen emphasizes that he loves multiplayer games, highlighting LAN parties that he played with his friends in the 90s. While Remedy Entertainment has focused exclusively on single-player games, he believes that they are well equipped to expand the world of Control into a multiplayer experience.
"Yes, Remedy as a studio has made single-player experiences for over 25 years," Kausurinen explained. "But we are also avid fans of multiplayer games – I remember us having company-wide Battlefield 1942 sessions when we were working on Max Payne 2."
"We get that there is going to be skepticism about multiplayer," he continued. "But I believe we can create shared experiences without compromising the unique DNA of who we are, or the stories we want to tell. Yes, we need to re-think our angles, our techniques, our mindset, but we see it as an exciting challenge: What would a Remedy multiplayer game look like?"
Gaming industry tweeter Nibel has uncovered some more information about this project in an announcement on Remedy's investor website. Project Condor will be a 4-player co-operative PVE game and will be launching on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S.
Unfortunately, that's all we know about this upcoming Control multiplayer spinoff, but there's one more thing to cover: Project Condor is not the only new Control game on the way.
A Second New Control is Also In Development
The multiplayer Control spinoff Project Condor certainly sounds interesting, but that's not all that's in the works — a second new Control game is also in development, although it may have not yet started production.
"In addition, 505 Games and Remedy Entertainment have outlined high-level collaboration terms to further expand the Control franchise with a bigger-budget Control-game, to be agreed in more detail in the future," read an announcement on Remedy's investor page (via Nibel).
What this means is that we're getting two new games set in the Control universe, one single-player and one multiplayer. Work on Remedy's other game Vanguard is progressing nicely, too — it looks like Remedy and 505 Games are going to be seriously busy over the coming months and years.
It will likely be some time before we find out more substantial details about either game, but the prospect of jumping back into the world of Control is undeniably exciting.
Would you want to explore the world of Control as a multiplayer experience? What do you think Project Condor will look like as a game? Let us know in the comments below!