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BAFTA Games Awards 2024 Wrap-Up

At the end of evening, Remedy took home two BAFTA awards for Alan Wake 2; Artistic Achievement and Audio Achievement. [Photo by BAFTA Games 2024]

A Conversation with Tiia Öhman

We recently spoke Tiia Öhman about working as a photographer on the Alan Wake 2 set. Her stunning work can be seen in-game, in marketing, and on merchandise.

Community Spotlight: Edvard Spells

For our first Community Spotlight of 2024, we spoke to the brilliant Edvard Spells, a cosplayer who smoothly transforms from tormented writer to evil double.

Alan Wake 2 Update Lowers Requirements

In March, Remedy released their Alan Wake 2 update (1.0.16.1) for PCs, which lowers the minimum GPU requirements, optimising rendering for GPUs that don't support mesh shaders.

Remedy Purchases Full Rights for Control IP at €17 million

With the purchase, the publishing agreements for Control, Condor (codename), and Control 2 have been terminated by mutual agreement.

An Open Letter from Sam Lake / Alan Wake Remastered

Alan Wake 2 sold one million units by the end of December 2023 and 1.3 million units as of February 2024, making it Remedy’s fastest-selling game so far.

An Open Letter from Sam Lake / Alan Wake Remastered

Alan Wake Remastered is coming! Read Sam Lake's open letter announcing the new game, his passion for Wake's debut adventure, and release details.

Our Conversation with Matthew Porretta, the Voice of Alan Wake

To celebrate the game's 10th anniversary, we sat down with Matthew Porretta, the incredible voice actor behind Alan Wake, to talk about his experiences and memories.


15th April 2024
Remedy Schedules Five New Alan Wake 2 Livestreams

Today, Remedy announced the next series of livestreams, this time centring around Alan Wake 2

The schedule, which kicks off tomorrow, will see the studio check back in on alternative Thursdays at 4pm EEST with a brand new topic and new developers. 

Writing on Twitter, the team revealed, "Join us in taking a peek inside the Writer's Room in our Alan Wake 2 developer streams! Every stream will feature dev team guests talking about how we brought AW2 to life. The 1st streams are this Tue and Thu at 4PM EET/2PM GMT. Catch us live on Twitch and YouTube!

The attached photo (see below) also teased the topics to come. On April 18th, they will be diving into the audio and music behind Alan Wake 2. For May 2nd, cinematics and live-action are in the spotlight. For some mid-May action, they return to the Pacific Northwest in a location feature on May 16th. Finally, as May draws to an end, there is a broadcast dedicated to The Dark Place on May 30th

Update 16/04/2024: Timezones can be a little bit on the confusing side particularly when we just crossed over into summertime like Europe did lately. If today's livestream mark the regular time for the upcoming broadcasts, the studio will go live at 4pm EEST / 2pm BST / 1pm GMT. 

Source & Image: Remedy Entertainment's Twitter.


12th April 2024
Deep Dives Talks To Kyle Rowley On Career Progression, Moving to Finland, and Worcester Sauce

Earlier this week, Nick Petrasiti sat down with Alan Wake 2's Game Director, Kyle Rowley, for the debut episode of Interview Session, the latest feature to go live on the newly revisited, Deep Dive YouTube Channel.

With a background in journalism at The Sixth Axis, Nick's latest project takes a closer look at the world of video games. For the first episode, he reached out to Remedy Entertainment, who were able to connect him with their Game Director ahead of his travels to the BAFTA Game Awards. 

 In the hour-long episode, they talk about a range of topics that are typically not seen in gaming interviews, including Worcester Sauce, keeping fit, and his top games. It also touches on his professional journey, moving from the UK to Finland, his journey from Quality Assurance to Game Director, and a typical day at the office.

You can watch the full interview below or direct on the Deep Dive channel. 

11th April 2024
BAFTA Games Awards 2024 Coverage
Alan Wake 2 Wins Audio & Artistic Achievements
[Updated 13th April]

Tonight, the BAFTA Games Awards 2024 took place at 7pm BST (local time), a celebration dedicated to the past twelve months in the games industry. 

Remedy entered the event with Alan Wake 2, having been nominated across eight categories, including Animation, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Music, Narrative, Performer in a Supporting Role (Sam Lake as Alex Casey), Technical Achievement, and Best Game. It was a closely run event, with many surprises and celebrations. 

Representing Remedy at the show were Sam Lake (Creative Director), Kyle Rowley (Game Director), Richard Lapington (Audio Director at Remedy), Petri Alanko (Composer), Joonas Tamminen (Executive Producer) and Janne Pulkkinen (Art Director). Also in attendance were Holly Reddaway (Voice and Performance Director) and David Harewood (Actor, Warlin Door), who was taking on the role of host for a category. 

If you're not familiar with the organizers, BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) is an internationally known independent arts charity that celebrates the best of film, television and games. While known in connection with the UK, they also work to help grow the international art community.

For the event, developers from across the globe descended to the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London, with international viewers watching live on YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter.


As our wrap-up features a lot of different mini-events throughout BAFTA Games 2024 ceremony, we've listed all our segments below: 

- On The Red Carpet (interviews with Kyle Rowley and Sam Lake, plus transcript)
- Acceptance Speeches (transcribed speeches for the artistic and audio awards)
- Late Goodbye Cover (recording of the BAFTA Games tribute to lost friends)
- Remedy's Community Watch Party (an audio gathering on Discord)
- BAFTA Games Awards 2024 Nominees Party (photos from April 10th)
- Red Carpet Photos (photos of developers as they arrive)
- Post Ceremony Dinner Photos (photos of the Remedy team with their trophies)
- Social Media Coverage (posts from social media covering the event)


On The Red Carpet

Ahead of the event, Jane Douglas and Lucy James hosted a special red carpet livestream in which they spoke to nominees and hosts from the night ahead. Halfway through, they spoke with Kyle Rowley and Sam Lake about their feelings going into the event, their nominations, and what they've been playing lately. Below you can see the show timestamped to Kyle's arrival, with a transcript of both interviews underneath. 


Jane: How's it going? How's your evening?

Kyle: Very good, yeah! No, I'm very excited. Never been to BAFTAs or anything like this, so yeah, red carpet, probably the first one. 

Jane: You seem very relaxed, though. Is that just your vibe?

Kyle: Yeah. Well, I woke up with a bit of a hangover this morning, actually, if I'm honest, so… 

Jane: I hear you may have been at an arcade last night? Were you at an arcade? Did you play anything?

Kyle: No, I watched people play.

Jane: Ah, okay! 

Kyle: No, I actually did play Street Fighter, and I lost really badly. 

Jane: Ah, no. Well, better luck this evening, obviously. 

Kyle: Well, I hope so.

Jane: You're nominated in that many categories. Was that a surprise or-

Kyle: Yeah, obviously. 

Jane: -you knew it would happen?

Kyle: We never expect, yeah, but I'm obviously very happy to be nomianted in so many categories. Such an amazing year for games last year, it's like, ridiculous. So, a lot of stiff competition but, y'know, we're excited so...

Jane: What has been the most rewarding part, apart from being nominated for BAFTAs obviously, what's been the most rewarding part having launched the game?

Kyle: I think just seeing fan reaction, I guess in general? Like, we spent a lot of time on Reddit, reading people's fan theories. So, if you're on Reddit posting, we've already have read it. I've probably read it. Y'know, I think that we have a lot of ambiguity in our stories and they leave a lot of mysteries and open questions so, lots of theories. I really like reading all that stuff. So, it's been great. 

Jane: With that much ambiguity in the story, is there an Alan Wake bible, somewhere that just lays it all out, or is it just locked away in Sam Lake's head? 

Kyle: Yeah, most of it is probably locked away in Sam's head. I feel like Sam sometimes doesn't even remember. We'll sometimes refer to fansites to remember what the hell we put into our games sometimes as well, so it's hard! 

Lucy: You mentioned that it's been an incredible year for games. What have you been playing? What are you playing right now? 

Kyle: I've been playing… I've played the Dead Space Remake, which was amazing. 

Lucy: Very good! 

Kyle: I've finished Spider-Man 2 which was amazing. Started Baldur's Gate [3]. The game is so big that I kinda started it and I was… I need to, like, time off to kind of play it, to dedicate time. Playing Final Fantasy XII Rebirth right now, which is really great. So yeah, awesome games!

Lucy: Well, Kyle, thank you so much for joining us. Best of luck in there. 

Kyle: Thank you very much. Awesome to speak to you, as always. Have a good evening! 

Jane: Have a great evening! Thank you so much. 

Lucy: Thank you! 

Jane: See you in there. Go get started on the champagne. Alright. 

Lucy: Alright. 

Jane: I mean, who could we have next? 

Lucy: Who could possibly follow? 

Jane: Who could follow Kyle from Remedy…

Lucy: But Sam Lake from Remedy. 

Jane: But Sam. Everybody, please welcome Sam Lake from Remedy.

Lucy: Sam, come in. 

Jane: The man himself. The man of the hour. 

Lucy: Hello. 

Jane: Sam, welcome. 

Sam: Hello. 

Jane: Hi! 

Lucy: I'll give you my mic. 

Sam: Thank you. Thank you. 

Jane: How is your evening going? 

Sam: Fantastic! 

Jane: You're having a lovely time?

Sam: I'm loving being here. Yeah. 

Jane: Good, good, good. Okay, how- we just asked Kyle, how does it feel to be nominated in this many categories? 

Sam: Incredible. 

Jane: Yes?

Sam: Always there is a side to it where you are kind of… is this real? Is this really happening? Do we deserve all of this? It's fantastic. So much hard work goes into making these games and… we are proud of it and care about it a lot, seeing that others think the same way, and appreciate the work means the world.

Jane: That's so lovely. I want to talk about the game but, just just briefly, you told me a story yesterday about what you're wearing this evening. There's a story, a history, to this tuxedo, is there not?

Sam: Yes. 

Jane: Could you share it because I think it's such a lovely story about BAFTA. 

Sam: Well, I was staying in Oxford, 2020, writing off-site for the last part of Control and first parts of Alan Wake 2, and the plan was to stay for a couple of months. And we were nominated for a BAFTA with Control. So, I was planning on pretty much doing BAFTA as the last thing before going back home. I came down to London to a very nice tailor shop, got a tuxedo, made to measurements. And then Covid happened. The situation was getting worse, had to go back home and to the point where we didn't do any final measurements even, and the tux was left at the shop. So, then finally, it lasted like a year we were talking 'maybe I'll come over' but the situation just kept going and then finally they send it to Finland and I went to a tailor shop in Finland to-

Jane: Oh! I did not know that. 

Sam: -to get the final things done. So now, I've never worn this before. 

Jane: Can we see? This is the Control tuxedo. 

Sam: Yeah. 

Jane: Finished and perfected for the Alan Wake 2 award.

Sam: It still fits! It still fits. 

Jane: All right! Back to the game... also I see my producer over here…

Lucy: David….

Jane: What's going on, David.

David: Could we? 

(David steps into shot with coffee cups.)

Jane: Three cups of coffee is it? I mean… if you would? 

Sam: Of course, of course!

Jane: Wait, I have- David. If you want this, you're going to have to hold my mic. 

(The three hold their coffee)

Jane: On your count. 

(They all take a sip.)

Jane: Thank you. And scene, producer David, there you go.

(They hand back the coffee cups)

Jane: Okay. Notably-

Sam: Thank you, thank you. 

Jane: Honestly, thank you. 

Lucy: That was great. 

Jane: Notably, you yourself are nominated in a performer category. Is that something- that cannot be something you saw coming? I mean, no shade on the performance; it's spectacular-

Sam: Oh, thank you! 

Jane: -but how does it feel to be nominated in a performer category when that is not primarily your job. 

Sam: It's… it's one of those things that, is this really happening? Is this a joke? I mean, imposter syndrome is flaring up really strongly on that one. I appreciate actors and acting as a craft so much. It's really really hard but they make it look easy, but it's also so much fun. I love it. And I had a blast doing everything that I did in the game. 

Lucy: From acting, dancing, music-

Sure: Sure! Yes!

Lucy: -you really got to do kind of everything in Alan Wake 2.

Sam: All in. 

Lucy: What was your favourite part? 

Sam: I mean I… I kind of kept on going back to David Bowie's line in one of his interviews where he's saying that when you are in a place when you feel in water, and your feet are not quite touching the bottom, you are in the right place to do something interesting, and I took that to heart in this. I just want- I love all of these different things, I want to try do as much as I am able. 

Jane: Are you sick of the dance yet? Are you going to be dancing tonight?

Sam: Well, I'm hoping there is a party. 

Lucy: Oh, there is. Finishes at two [am]. So, I feel like we're all going to be dancing at that point. 

Jane: THE dance? Is it going to be THE dance this evening? 

Sam: Well, see. 

Jane: Depends on how many of the categories Alan Wake wins. 

Sam: Yes, yeah. 

Jane: Okay, alright! Well, there's… there's something tempting. 

Lucy: Yeah. 

Jane: Okay, Sam, thank you so much for joining us this evening. 

Sam: Thank you. 

Jane: We'll see you. Best of luck in all the categories. 

Lucy: Best of luck!

Sam: Thank you. 

Jane: Thank you for joining us. We'll see you in there. Yes!

Lucy: Got to do the coffee thing. I'm genuinely- that's probably made my week. 

Jane: I could do with some more coffee actually. 

Lucy: I actually really could too. 



Acceptance Speeches

At the end of the evening, Remedy took home two awards; Audio Achievement and Artistic Achievement. 


First up was Richard Lapington (Audio Director), who accepted the award for Audio Achievement on behalf of his audio team. Stepping onto the stage, he unfolded a piece of paper filled with names from the department. "Let me get my piece of paper ready. This is an honour; thank you, BAFTA. So, first, I would like to thank my amazing audio team: Tazio [Schiesari], Gulli [Gunnarsson], Thomas [Holmes], Joshua [Bell], Kit [Challis], Henry [Scott], Ville [Sorsa], Pauli [Ondruska], Tanelli [Suoranta], Arthur [Tisseront], Sam [Hughes] and Adam [Butterworth]. I’d also like to thank our partners, particularly Dynamedion and Red Pipe. Thank you so much!"


The second award for Artistic Achievement was accepted by Remedy's Art Director, Janne Pulkkinen. He held the newly presented trophy in his hands. As he stepped up to the microphone, he said, "Wow. Thank you! Thank you, BAFTA! It's a huge, if somewhat lonely, honour to accept this award on behalf of a huge, huge development team. I'd like to thank Sam Lake, Kyle Rowley, for just incredible, wonderful creative partnership that we had in this project. And then. actually next to them, also our Executive Producer, Joonas Tamminen for being sometimes stern, always compassionate, it is his stewardship of the project. 

"But, of course, the biggest thanks, thanks to all of the art team. I've got the pleasure to work with *opens piece of paper* I need to make sure that I mention- I can't unfortunately mention all the names, but I'll try to mention a few key contributors and leads that were part of the team. So, thank you John Crossland, Johannes Richter, Ron Frölich,  Maiju Härkönen, Maikki Harju, Antti Puomio, Damian Stempniewski, and Nazareno Urbano. It's a privilege to work with you. 

"And, additionally, I'd like to thank also our cinematics director, Anssi Määttä and cinematographer Mikko Riikonen, who were a key part of building a game that actually also featured a lot of live action and how to integrate it all together was a challenge, but it was a pleasurable one because of these two gentlemen. And finally, building a visually complex game like this requires a strong technical foundation, so a huge thank you also to our Northlight tech team. These pixels they wouldn't exist without you. Thank you."




Late Goodbye Cover

During the awards ceremony, BAFTA acknowledged those who were missing in the industry with a special music presentation. The slideshow was accompanied by a cover of Late Goodbye, created for Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne by Poets of the Fall, and likely chosen in memory of James McCaffrey, the voice of the eponymous hero who passed away in December. The cover was performed by Julie Elven with Aaron Grimes and Daniel Oats.

Ahead of the BAFTA Games Awards, the studio had arranged a community watch-along via their Discord server events voice channel, starting thirty minutes before the ceremony goes live. 

Writing on the Remedy Discord server, Julius (Development Manager) announced, "This Thursday at 18:00 UTC, the BAFTA Games Awards are taking place where Alan Wake 2 has 8 nominations! To celebrate these nominations, we will be organizing a watch party for the awards here on the Remedy Entertainment Discord server! Join us on Thursday starting at 17:30 UTC in the events voice channel! You'll be able to watch the BAFTA Game Awards together with the community while chatting in the channel chat!"


BAFTA Games Awards 2024 Nominees Party 

On April 10th, the day before the big day, BAFTA held a special ceremony at the Langham Hotel for those on this year's nominees list. Attendees had their photographs taken on behalf of the organisation by Scott Garfitt and Tristan Fewings. Through these glimpses into the guest list of developers representing the studio.





 

Red Carpet Photos

On the day of the event, nominees walked the red carpet at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London. The weather was light, though slightly overcast, with a temperature around 17°C. Jane Douglas and Lucy James, both incredibly local journalists who have been key members of the games industry, covered the red carpet event live on the BAFTA YouTube channel







Post-Ceremony Dinner Photos

After the event was the post-ceremony dinner, which featured tiny themed BAFTA award desserts and the opportunity for the attendees to talk with fellow industry professionals.






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Social Media Coverage

9th April 2024
Remedy's Official Community BAFTA Games Watch Party

If you're looking for something fun this Thursday, you might want to check this out!

Ahead of the BAFTA Games Awards, the studio has arranged a community watch-along via their Discord server events voice channel.  

Remedy enters the ceremony with Alan Wake 2, having been nominated across eight categories, including Animation, Artistic Achievement, Audio Achievement, Music, Narrative, Performer in a Supporting Role (Sam Lake as Alex Casey), Technical Achievement, and Best Game. 

Writing on the Remedy Discord server, Julius (Development Manager) announced, "This Thursday at 18:00 UTC, the BAFTA Games Awards are taking place where Alan Wake 2 has 8 nominations!

"To celebrate these nominations, we will be organizing a watch party for the awards here on the Remedy Entertainment Discord server!

"Join us on Thursday starting at 17:30 UTC in the events voice channel! You'll be able to watch the BAFTA Game Awards together with the community while chatting in the channel chat!"

If you go over to the Remedy Discord Server, you can see all the times in your timezone, avoiding any start time confusion. Check out the message on the announcements page

About BAFTA Games. BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) is an internationally known independent arts charity that celebrates the best of film, television and games. While known in connection with the UK, they also work to help grow the international art community. The BAFTA Games Awards 2024 are scheduled to take place at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London on Thursday, April 11th at 19:00 BST / 14:00 ET / 11:00 PT. The ceremony will be livestreamed on YouTube, Twitch, and Twitter.

Source: Remedy Discord Server

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