"Control" Spin-Off & Direct Sequel Confirmed In-Development
While everyone was expecting an announcement that Remedy Entertainment was indeed working on a sequel (or remaster) of their initial hit Alan Wake, as it turns out they were half-right. Namely Remedy is indeed working on a sequel but not to Alan Wake, but rather their 2019 game Control (which is set in the same universe as Alan Wake). In fact, both a direct single-player continuation is being worked on along with a spin-off titled Condor that will be a four-player co-op multiplayer for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. This was announced by Remedy on their official site in a joint statement with 505 Games, the publisher of the first game who will return to publish both the sequel and the spin-off.
The original games revolved around the Federal Bureau of Control (FBC), a secret U.S. government agency tasked with containing and studying phenomena that violate the laws of reality. Players took on the role of Jesse Faden (Played by Courtney Hope), the Bureau's new Director, who finds herself in the Oldest House – the FBC's paranormal headquarters – during a quarantine in which she must use powerful abilities in order to defeat a deadly enemy known as the Hiss, which has invaded and corrupted reality. While Remedy is known for their single-player games, game director Mikael Kasurinen discussed the inevitable skepticism surrounding the studio making a multiplayer game, saying:
“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?.”
No release date has been given for either continuing entry. In fact, both are said to be years away. Still, given the acclaim and popularity surrounding the original game, it's no doubt exciting news for those looking forward to further adventures of Jesse Faden and the Federal Bureau of Control. Stay tuned!