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Community Spotlight: Holly Nightmare

For our final Community Spotlight of 2018, we have the talented Holly Nightmare, aka tsunderekatsu, co-owner of the Control community Discord, Wikia, and Reddit.

Half-Payne, Half-Life's Max Payne Mod Gets Final Update

suXin's Max Payne-themed Half-Life mod receives its final update with a selection of new modes, Twitch intergreation, and model changes.

A Year in Review [2018]

To celebrate the new year, we look back at the past twelve months of game announcements, community projects, and events.

Behind the Scenes of Poets of the Fall's War Music Video

To celebrate 15 years of Poets of the Fall (Old Gods of Asgard) we spoke to Director, Akseli Tuomivaara, about creating the Alan Wake-inspired music video, War. [Photo by Tiia Öhman].

Charity Auctions raise £1405.60 for Cancer Research UK!

Our Monarch Gala and Spring Charity Auction raises £1405.60 for Cancer Research UK! With invaluable support from Remedy and Poets of the Fall.

Interviews and Conversations with....

Over the past four years, I've had the pleasure of interviewing some individuals involved including Cam Rogers, Kathy Tong, Fred Berman, Ilkka Villi, Christopher Forsyth and Brett Kelly.

22nd March 2019
Game Informer Focuses on Side Missions In New Article
[Game Informer Coverage]

Moments ago, Game Informer's Digital Editor, Brian Shea, posted a new article exploring the side missions in Control.

His coverage explores Remedy's new approach to game structure, additional details of the fridge side mission teased last Summer, and how the side missions will add to the game's lore.

As with our previous coverage, we have a breakdown of all the new details released about Control in the latest feature. But of course, if you have time, you should check out the article in full, HERE!

Following their Control-themed April cover reveal, Game Informer is dedicating the following month to the game with exclusives, interviews and new footage being released throughout March. The latest issue is out now and is available to download or buy (if you're in the US) as a physical magazine. For more details on the magazine visit the subscription page, HERE.

Our Breakdown: For Control, Remedy has taken a different approach to its gameplay, offering up more "complex scenarios", new abilities, and more freedom in how the player chooses how to fight. With the latter, being impacted by a number of things including combinations of abilities, skill upgrades, and character mods.

For the article, Brian spoke to Mikael Kasurinen (Game Director) and Brooke Maggs (Narrative Lead) to learn more about this new approach.

In the main story, we learn more about Jesse and explore with her a personal arc. While the side missions are optional, the game is an open-ended experience which encourages exploration. In the side missions, we learn more about the world around us including the Oldest House (how various locations have been affected by the invasion), the FBC, and of course The Hiss. Through the side missions, Jesse will discover Objects of Power, leading to boss fights to prove her worth to inherit their skill, and adding an additional technique to defend herself against the Hiss.

While Remedy was still rather secretive about the side missions in the game, they did talk about the optional content teased at E3 last year. In previously released gameplay footage, Jesse encounters Philip, an agent whose duty it is to maintain eye contact with a fridge, a powerful Altered Item. His shift also coincided with the Hiss invasion leading to him pleading with Jesse to help him. The player can choose to help or move on. If Jesse helps, he also asks for her assistance to find Frederick Langston (the panopticon supervisor). Through this side mission, Jesse learns more about Philip, Federick, and the Altered Item which started it all. While Brian at Game Informer didn't want to spoil any surprises he did say that "it culminates in a surprising and massive fight". While other Altered Items are kept secret, the developers have also teased other missions with the word "clock".

Remedy's Narrative Lead, Brooke Maggs, touched on another character (revealed a few days ago during the Nvidia video) called Helen Marshall. While we meet her in the main story, we learn more about her, including her role in the FBC and her specialist teams, in the side missions.

Another type of optional content is the "Bureau Alerts" which are described as an "intentionally crafted sided mission" and "time-bound world events". They're spontaneous timed-events that spawns in the sector that Jesse is in. The player receives a notification of its location but whether they're attempted to up to you.

22nd March 2019
Game Informer Takes a Look at Remedy's New Mo-Cap Area
[Game Informer Coverage]

On Wednesday, Game Informer's Brian Shea (Digital Editor) and Elise Favis (Associate Editor) took an exclusive closer look at Remedy's new built-in motion capture area in a brand new video.

During their thirty minutes in the motion capture studio, with Brian borrowing Matthew Porretta's mocap suit and Elise borrowing Courtney Hope's, the duo worked on some a number of in-game stances as well as some walking and attack animations to get a feel for the process. Near the end, they even tried their hand at recreating some of the animations recorded for Control.

Between takes, they spoke to the game's Principal Gameplay Animator, Ilkka Kuusela, who directed them while they were on set.

After the session, both Brian and Elise sat down to talk about their experiences including a potential in-game scene in which Jesse is outside the FBC building in New York, with the two GI writers portraying bystanders, one of which notices something strange about the protagonist. Take a look at the full video below!

Following their Control-themed April cover reveal, Game Informer is dedicating the following month to the game with exclusives, interviews and new footage being released throughout March. The latest issue is out now and is available to download or buy (if you're in the US) as a physical magazine. For more details on the magazine visit the subscription page, HERE.

21st March 2019
Congrats to @PayneToTheMax On Their 7th Anniversary!

Today I wanted to say a massive congratulations to fellow fansite, @PayneToTheMax, on their seventh anniversary!

The Twitter page started up just a month after The Sudden Stop, and it's been wonderful to celebrate the Remedy community alongside them all these years. They are seriously dedicated, passionate about the Max Payne series, and just very lovely. Whenever there's a Max Payne anniversary, they're always the first to send a group chat to bring a number of fansites together to do something special.

It's been wonderful getting to know them and following all of their adventures ranging from easter eggs to artwork, behind the scenes tidbits, and a whole lot more.

Congratulations PayneToTheMax! You rock and I'm looking forward to following your amazing work for hopefully many, many more years to come! 

21st March 2019
Rumour: Control Pre-Order & Release Details Revealed

TrueAchievements have reported a teaser on the Microsoft Store which reveals a number of digital preorder bonuses for the XBOX One edition of Control, along with a potential release date.

At present, the nearest confirmed release date was announced by Nvidia earlier in the week, which sees Jesse's adventure launch "late summer". Listed in the game's details on the Microsoft store, the game is due to launch on 27th August 2019.

True Achievements also caught details of pre-order incentives. Unlike the potential release date, the digital pre-order bonuses look to have been removed from the Microsoft site since. TA reports that the XBOX One preorder bonuses include the"Tactical Response Gear" and a "Crafting Resources Pack". According to their store, pre-orders are expected to begin 26th March.

We're marking this as a rumour as there's been no official confirmation by Remedy or 505Games.

Source: TrueAchivements

UPDATE! Game Informer has just published an update confirming the release date for Control. The confirmation was supported by Remedy. Mark your calendars for Tuesday 27th August 2019!


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