Alan Wake and Control developer Remedy has signed a deal with Tencent to distribute its upcoming multiplayer game Vanguard. Little is known about the project at present, but Tencent will handle distribution in some Asian areas, with Remedy publishing everywhere else in the world.
What do we know about Vanguard, and how involved is Tencent?
Vanguard is an upcoming live-service multiplayer title from Remedy. It's distinct from Project Condor, which is a multiplayer spinoff of mind-bending third-person shooter Control. In an announcement on its official website, Remedy reveals that it's signed a deal with Chinese gaming titan Tencent to distribute Vanguard in "selected Asian markets". Remedy itself will handle publishing in all markets worldwide excluding the ones in which Tencent will have "control" over publishing (hem, hem).
In addition to the above, Tencent will also contribute to development financing for the project's first year, and will be involved in localization for Asian markets. Remedy has also confirmed that as part of its licensing deal with Tencent, the Chinese company will create a mobile version of Vanguard, which will have a separate revenue sharing system and will be entirely financed by Tencent itself. This move makes a lot of sense considering Tencent achieved the world's first ten-billion-dollar mobile game earlier this year.
What is Vanguard?
According to Remedy, development on Vanguard is "currently in the proof-of-concept phase". It's expected to have a budget comparable to other Remedy AAA games for its first year in operation, and will combine Remedy's "narrative expertise" with action gameplay to create an immersive multiplayer experience. As CEO Tero Virtala says, it's Remedy's first foray into the GAAS (games as a service) model, and is being worked on by a "top tier team" of free-to-play development experts.
Remedy Entertainment is a Finnish developer and publisher known for its narrative-focused third-person action titles. You've probably played some of its games; breakout noir adventure Max Payne, horror thriller Alan Wake, and psychological mind-bending tale Control are just some of Remedy's offerings. At the moment, the company is working on a sequel to Control, as well as a single-player campaign for Smilegate Entertainment's CrossfireX. Here's hoping the studio can make good on its promise to blend narrative depth with multiplayer fun in Vanguard.
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