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Community Spotlight: rmilo's Quantum Break Artwork

New Community Spotlight looking at rmilo's beautiful Quantum Break fan art and handmade CFR model. [With Interview]

Quantum Break Themed Valentine's Day Puns

For me, Valentine's Day is more about the awful, awful puns that you can create for specific subjects. This year was Quantum Break's turn.

2016: A Year In Review

Looking back at the craziness that was 2016.

Retrospective: Twenty Years of Death Rally

Retrospective article looking at the start of Remedy and the history of Death Rally.

15th Anniversary Retrospective: Max Payne

2016 marks the 15th anniversary of Max Payne; the developer's first step into AAA territory and a game which not only shaped the company but the industry too.

Exclusive Interview with Cam Rogers

We recently spoke to Cam Rogers, the author of Quantum Break: Zero State. Photo by Mikko Rautalahti.

Alan Wake 2 Prototype Revealed

Remedy recently released the prototype video for Alan Wake 2. The video was posted on Polygon's site this afternoon and was accompanied by a lengthy interview with Sam Lake.

Cool People We've Spoken To...

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 April 2017
Spring Charity Auction for Cancer Research UK

Last October, you guys were awesome and you supported and helped spread awareness of our Monarch Gala Charity Auction. The event lasted for seven days and featured items from the Alan Wake and Quantum Break series. By the end of the week, over £130 was raised for Cancer Research UK! 

As mentioned in the post at the time, there were some items which were originally planned to be included, but would take a little longer to set up. The items have now returned safely back to the UK and they're ready to be shipped to worldwide. 

Today we're announcing a charity auction on eBay, with support from Remedy Entertainment and Poets of the Fall. 100% of money raised will go directly to Cancer Research UK.

A huge thank you to Remedy and Poets of the Fall for helping with the auction (especially Captain, Mikki, Lauri and Sam), and thank you to Jani Savolainen for donating the Max Payne 2 game! 

Items for Charity: We have four awesome items lined up for this auction:

About Cancer Research UK: Cancer Research UK helps support scientists, doctors and nurses in their research and treatment of over 200 different types of Cancer. The money the charity raises also goes into public awareness about the disease, providing details of possible symptoms and places for support. In the past forty years, Cancer survival has doubled; women with breast cancer now have a 78% chance of surviving at least a decade compared to 40% forty years ago. Similarly testicular cancer has jumped from 69% to 98% since the 1970s for patients surviving more than ten years. And malignant melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer has seen a jump from 46% to 89%. There’s also been an focus within the charity to increase research for pancreatic and lung cancers to improve treatments.

For more information, check our the Cancer Research UK website, HERE.

Reasons for Choosing the Charity: As with the previous charity auction, all the money raised will be going to Cancer Research UK. It's a charity which is close to my family; we lost a lot of really wonderful people to Cancer. In my previous post I wrote about my Granddad who passed away when I was seven and about my Nan who ran Star Trek conventions in the 1970s and raised money for the charity before she was diagnosed with it. 

Something I didn't mention during last year's auction was the news that, just a few months prior, my Nan (on my Dad's side) discovered that she had breast cancer. After numerous rounds of chemotherapy and doctors appointments, we were relieved to hear that she had beaten it. And it's an outcome that I would love to see becoming more the norm. 

How it's going to work: The auction will take place over the next week on eBay. Bidders will need to have Paypal set up to transfer the money across if they are the winning bid. All items can be shipped worldwide, and we'll keep you up to date on how your parcel is doing from the moment the auction ends through to shipping. The parcels will be sent off through Royal Mail (UK postal service) as soon as the money has been successfully transferred. 

If you are the winning bid, please transfer the money as a personal transaction. eBay and Paypal doesn't take a share of the profits for charity items, but they do if it's marked as a business deal. We got in contact with both companies last year after some panic and luckily it was refunded, but they suggested transferring the money as personal friends and family transaction in the future. 

eBay automatically takes the money out from the Paypal account a month after the item is sold, and it's given directly to the charity. We do get receipts and they will be published on this site in late May. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at jadenmorretti (at) yahoo (dot) com and I'll get back to you as soon as possible. 

Special Thank You:  Than you to Jani Savolainen for the donation of the Max Payne 2 game! Thank you also to Lauri (Senior Media Producer at Remedy), Mikki (Narrative Lead at Remedy) and Captain (Poets of the Fall) for helping me to arrange this. And to Sam, Remedy and Poets for the signatures.

20th April 2017
One Year Later, New Projects By The Quantum Break Cast

Quantum Break was packed with talented actors, both new and familiar, all of whom have been busy hard at work on new projects since the launch of the game last April. This is by no means a complete list, and it's not everyone that on the cast, but I thought it would be fun to return to some of the actors behind the title and look at the adventures they've been up to recently.

Soon after playing Jack Joyce, Shawn Ashmore starred in abc's Conviction alongside Hayley Atwell. In the show, he played attorney Sam Spencer who was part of a team investigating wrongful convictions. After filming Shawn went on to play Conrad "Colt" Salter in the indie-thriller, Devil's Gate. The film is scheduled to debut at Tribeca 2017. (If you're attending the event, Tribeca will also have Remedy's Creative Director, Sam Lake, holding a lecture on game writing.) In recent months, Shawn has been filming Acts of Violence.

In Quantum Break, Courtney Hope played Beth Wilder, but the title wouldn't be the her only time travel project that year. In 2016, Courtney also played Cassie Sinclair in the film Displacement. According to the film's IMDB page, Cassie is a physics student searching for a way to reverse a "quantum time anomaly and solve the murder of her boyfriend." The film is schedule to be released later this month! In addition to the movie, Courtney has also been filming The Bold and the Beautiful, an American soap opera, where she plays Sally Spectre. The show recently celebrated its 30th anniversary!

Gamers may have already seen Lance Reddick back on their screens recently in a surprise role. Lance plays Sylens in Guerrilla Games' Horizon Zero Dawn. His involvement in the project was teased in one of the final trailers for the game just prior to its release in February 2017. Recently returned to star in Bosch, with fellow Quantum Break co-star, Jacqueline Piñol who played Sofia Amaral. Bosch is a Amazon Prime series which started back in 2014. 

To wrap up this post, there's Patrick Heusinger who portrayed Liam Burke in the game has had a busy past few months of announcements. He is set to star in Accommodations, an indie production and also in Absentia, a crime thriller. The reveals came just weeks after his Jack Reacher 2 was released in cinemas last October, in which he plays The Hunter.

Poster for Displacement, image from IMDB.

19th April 2017
Upcoming Remedy Keynotes
[ECGC, Tribeca, Digital Dragons, Reboot Develop]

There's a long list of interesting Remedy keynotes taking place over the next few weeks. There's a lot to talk about so let's get to it! 

ECGC [19th April]

ECGC is a convention for video game professionals taking place at Raleigh Convention Center. Later today, Remedy's Narrative Lead, Mikko Rautalahti, will be taking the stage for a keynote on gaming writing. If you're able to attend, the lecture will be taking place Wednesday 19th April 2017 between 16:30 - 17:30pm in Room 302C.

Keynote Description:
The Writer Explained. The game writer is in a key position in any game production that has a focus on story, but it’s not necessarily always clear what that actually entails. How does a writer integrate with the rest of the team, and why does it matter that they do? How do you deal with shifting production realities, and what are realistic expectations for the actual day-to-day experience at work? A discussion on the actual work a game writer has to do in order to make a game reality.
For more information, visit the ECGC website, HERE.

Reboot Develop [20th April]

Thomas Puha (Head of Communications at Remedy) and Ethan Watson (Senior Engine Programmer) will be attending Reboot Develop on the 20th-22nd April in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Thomas will be joining Dan Da Rocha and Ante Vrdelja on a panel moderated by Becky Taylor in which they talk about "Building Communities = Your Best Marketing Strategy)". The panel will be held between 14:30 - 15:30 at the 3Lateral Poolside Panel Area on Thursday 20th April 2017.

Whereas Ethan will be giving a lecture on "Rapid Iteration In D Without Ditching Your C++ Codebase" on Friday 21st at the Square Enix Collective Hall. The keynote will last for an hour and will start at 17:00.

For more information, check out the Reboot Develop website, HERE.

Tribeca Game Festival [29th April]

In addition to the Tribeca Film Festival this year, there's a new event; the Tribeca Games Festival in New York. The festival will take place between April 28th - 29th. Taking part in it's debut is Remedy's Creative Director, Sam Lake. He will be taking the main stage for a fifty minute talk on 29th April, starting at 16:30.

Keynote Description:
"Sam Lake, the creator of Max Payne, Alan Wake and Quantum Break, will chronicle his unique approach to storytelling in games in a conversation with film maker of the hit films Divergent and Limitless, Neil Burger."
For more information, check out the Tribeca Games Festival website, HERE.

Digital Dragons [22nd-23rd May]

Sam Lake (Creative Director at Remedy), Petri Alanko (Composer) and Tatu Aalto (Senior Graphics Engineer) will all be attending Digital Dragons in Kraków (Poland), between 22nd-23rd May. Both developers will be holding separate keynotes about their specialist subjects.

Sam Lake's Keynote Description:
The Remedy Story So Far. Remedy’s Creative Director Sam Lake takes you on a magical mystery tour through the past 20 years of Remedy Game history – Max Payne, Alan Wake, Quantum Break – the storytelling, characters and the worlds. The presentation gives you a walkthrough of the methods and the madness, and (as a bonus level) thoughts on games yet to come.
Petri Alanko's Keynote Description:
The Creative Process Behind Composing Music For: Quantum Break. Petri Alanko (aka Lowland) is a BAFTA nominated Finnish composer, musician and producer. His dynamic repertoire ranges from the haunting orchestral/electronic score for Remedy Entertainment’s psycho-thriller, Alan Wake, to elegant and sophisticated classical arrangements for Imaginaerum The Movie, based on the album by symphonic metal band Nightwish. His latest opus is the epic and emotional electronic sci-fi score for Remedy’s next cinematic blockbuster, Quantum Break.
Tatu Aalto's Keynote Description:
Rendering in Northlight & Quantum Break. How to build pretty pixels Northlight is Remedy’s in-house engine and set of tools that we use to create our games. The latest game that shipped using Northlight is Quantum Break for Xbox One and PC. Remedy always pushes the envelope with state of the art real-time visuals and we spent a significant amount of resources in upgrading our engine and rendering pipeline for the next-generation. The aim is to enable realistic worlds that feel alive and support our story-telling aspirations. In this talk, our Senior Graphics Engineer, Tatu Aalto, will go over the rendering stages in Quantum Break on a high level. The presentation will give you an idea of what is required for drawing a frame in a game and how we do this in Northlight.

Full times and lecture locations will be announced closer to the event date! 

The convention is the largest gaming convention in Central Europe. It will be held in a new venue this year at ICE Kraków Congress Centre, in the centre of Kraków, with connections to the airport and the Main Train Station. For more information, check out the Digital Dragons website, HERE.

18th April 2017
Remedy Devs Share Their Quantum Break Memories

In a new blog post on the official Remedy site, the Quantum Break developers share their favourite memories from working on the title. The post is part of a series of celebrations commemorating the one year anniversary of the game's launch.

The article features interviews with Elmeri Raitanen (Senior VFX Artist), Jussi Kemppainen (VFX Artist), Greg Louden (Senior Narrative Designer), Ilkka Kuusela (Senior Gameplay Animator), Aureo Lorenzo (Concept Artist), Nazareno Urbano (former Environment Artist), Lennie Hakola (Producer), Eevi Korhonen (Game Designer), Camilla Taipalvesi (HR), Tommi Saalasti (Senior Scripter), "Production team",  and Lauri Haavisto (Senior Media Producer).

If you've joined the community in recent months, or missed the first showing, the blog post also contains a "game trailer" that you may really like! The video delves into the weird and wonderful bugs which occurred during the title's development as well as early footage. It was released a little while ago as a fun recruitment trailer for the studio.

You can read the entire post on the Remedy website, HERE.


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