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DechartGames Take On Quantum Break

DechartGames featuring Amelia Rose Blaire Dechart (Amy Ferrero in Quantum Break) and Bryan Dechart take on Monarch Solutions in a new livestream.

Heron Confirmed as Control 2

Remedy and 505 Games have officially confirmed that Heron (the codename for an internal AAA project set in the world of Control) is the sequel to the 2019 adventure.

Community Spotlight: Olga

Olga is a tremendous cosplayer with an incredible eye for detail and an extraordinary collection, captured and edited by local photographer, Kira.

Alan Wake 12th Anniversary Update

For the anniversary, Vida Starčević sat down with Sam Lake, Ilkka Villi, and Matthew Porretta to talk Alan Wake 2, the TV series, and Nintendo Switch.

Community Spotlight: Sarah

For our first Community Spotlight of 2022, we're returning to the Federal Bureau of Control with a look back at Sarah's breathtaking portfolio.

Community Interview w. Vida Starčević

To celebrate The Sudden Stop turning ten, we recently interviewed Remedy's Community Manager, passing along questions we received from fellow fans.

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.


3rd February 2023
Smilegate's Letter To Players: Important Announcement Regarding the Future of CrossfireX

The following letter was sent to CrossfireX players who had subscribed to receive regular newsletters about the game. The email, entitled "Important Announcement Regarding the Future of CrossfireX" was sent out around 17:00 UTC on February 3rd 2023, and reveals the team's plan to close down the game's servers. The closure of the CrossfireX servers will mark the end of both the multiplayer and single-player campaigns. 

Email:

Attention Mercenaries,

It is with the deepest regret that we are informing you of our decision to end support for CrossfireX on May 18, 2023. Since the launch of the game, we have worked tirelessly to bring it to a point where we can all be proud, and throughout it all we have had the honor and pleasure of supporting our players.

Coming to this decision was not easy, however, we can proudly say that our players have been amazingly active, passionate and enthusiastic in working with us to create a game that would be fun and enjoyable by all. We want to thank each and every one of our players for playing CrossfireX and being a part of this journey with us.

Effective immediately:

  • All sales on the Xbox Store will be halted.
  • There will be no new content added to the game (i.e. maps, modes, camos, etc.).
  • Purchases made within the last 14 days as of February 3, 2023, may be eligible for a refund. Please submit a refund request via the following link.
  • Our game servers will close on May 18, 2023 for the final time, but until then you will be able to enjoy all previously purchased and unlocked in-game content.
  • We have created this FAQ which may address any additional questions you might have.

We hope that you will be able to enjoy CrossfireX until the service ends and we will always be grateful for your support. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any issues by visiting our support page.

Thank you for everything.

Sincerely,
CrossfireX Team

3rd February 2023
Poets of the Fall Webstore's Signed Postcard Campaign

Poets of the Fall (also known as their alter-ego, Old Gods of Asgard) has revealed a new campaign on their webstore, allowing fans to add a hand-signed postcard to their order with purchases over 30€. 

With limited signed postcards available, the offer is available until stock runs out rather than a specific date. To collect, simply put the items you wish you buy in your basket and, during the checkout process, you will receive an option to add a free signed postcard. 


There are also a number of deals taking place at the same time of the campaign including...

  • Ghostlight Tour 2022 T-Shirt (-28%)
  • Ghostlight Tour 2022, Women's Fit T-Shirt (-28%)
  • Ghostlight, T-Shirt (-50%)
  • Neo Logo, T-Shirt (-17%)
  • Neo Logo, Women's Fit T-Shirt (-17%)
  • Neo Logo, Kids T-Shirt (-15%)
  • Illusion & Dream, Tea (-50%)
  • Revolution Sun, T-Shirt (-17%)
  • Revolution Sun, Women's T-Shirt (-17%)
  • Distance, T-Shirt (-17%)
  • Alexander Theatre Sessions, T-Shirt (38%)
  • Alexander Theatre Sessions, Women's T-Shirt (-38%)
  • Late Goodbye, T-Shirt (-38%)
  • Late Goodbye, Women's Fit T-Shirt (-38%)
  • Recycled Alchemy Vol 1 Backdrop, Tote Bag (-15%)
  • Recycled Alchemy Vol 1 Backdrop Pouch, Medium (-15%)
  • Recycled Alchemy Vol 1 Backdrop Pouch, Small (-15%)
  • Recycled 10th Anniversary Tour Backdrop, Tote Bag (-20%)
  • Recycled 10th Anniversary Tour Backdrop Pouch, Medium (-15%)
  • Recycled 10th Anniversary Tour Backdrop Pouch, Small (-20%)
  • Recycled Jealous Gods Backdrop Pouch, Medium (-15%)
  • Recycled Revolution Roulette Backdrop Pouch, Medium (-15%)
  • Recycled Clearview Backdrop Pouch, Medium (-23%)

2nd February 2023
Sam Lake and Kyle Rowley Talks Alan Wake 2 with GamesRadar+

While work has continued with the development of Alan Wake II, things have been a little quiet on the public side for the past year. This week, things may have begun to shift a little though, with both Sam Lake (Creative Director) and Kyle Rowley (Game Director) speaking to Josh West at GamesRadar+ about Wake's next adventure.

While the two understandably don't delve too deeply into the game, it's a little too early for that, they did talk about the team's approach to the sequel and what it was like to return to the series.

In the piece, Lake admits that "I feel like I never left Alan Wake behind. There was always the full intention to return to him; there was always more story to tell, and the characters and the setting were too precious to be forgotten. The story kept growing and evolving through the years, and we created a new concept between every project. This time, after Control, everything finally clicked into place."

Alan Wake II will mark Remedy's first step into the survival horror genre, a journey that can be shared by those who have yet to play the original game. (Although there is still plenty of time to explore Bright Falls and Night Springs before then!) The article also showcases an exclusive new piece of concept artwork, featuring a teal forest scene, that has eagle-eyed fans in the community buzzing on Twitter.

Click HERE to read the recent GamesRadar+ interview!

29th January 2023
Max Payne & Hybrid/Remote Work Included In Remedy's Job Listings [30+ Jobs Available]

Looking for a new adventure? Remedy is currently advertising for thirty one job openings across a number of different departments including animation, programming, and writing. 

One particular role has grabbed a lot of interest; Narrative Lead on the Max Payne project. Last year, Remedy revealed that they were working on bringing their Max Payne titles to a new audience. At the time, the full scope of their project wasn't revealed in the teaser, with the community curious if they would be remasters or remakes, with the job opening indicating the project is perhaps the latter. The listing allows for a fan of the originals, with a strong narrative background, a rare opportunity to go back in time and work on the titles as a developer. 

The position reads, "As a Narrative Lead for our Max Payne remake, you will have the opportunity to join the team early in the project and, under the direction of the Game Director, be responsible for driving the design and implementation of the game’s narrative. You will work with a small team, collaborating with Mission and Game Designers in creating memorable gaming experiences through a well-balanced mix of compelling narrative and intense action in a remake of a beloved franchise." While the listing specifically mentions the Max Payne franchise, it is also for a "permanent" role based in either Helsinki or Stockholm, depending on the applicant's preference.

There are also three designer roles (Principal Gameplay Designer, Principal Gameplay Designer (AI), and Lead Gameplay Designer) on Vanguard, with the option for hybrid or remote work, a rarity at the company.

The full list of job openings can be found below:

TECHNOLOGY
(Senior) Animation Programmer
(Senior) Engine Programmer
Back-end Developer (Vanguard)
Gameplay Programmer
Senior Backend Developer (Tools)
Senior DevOps Engineer
Senior Gameplay Programmer
Senior Pipeline Engineer
Senior Programmer (Character Tech)
Senior Tools Programmer

ART & ANIMATION
Art Director (Vanguard)
Lead Environment Artist
Lead Lighting Artist
Lead VFX Artist
Principal Technical Artist
Senior Environment Artist
Senior Environment Artist (Vanguard)
Senior Environment Technical Artist
Senior Lighting Artist
Senior Technical Artist
Technical Artist

PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Development Director
Senior Development Manager

DESIGN
Lead Gameplay Designer / Hybrid or Remote
Narrative Lead (Max Payne)
Principal Gameplay Designer / Hybrid or Remote
Principal Gameplay Designer (AI) / Hybrid or Remote
Senior Gameplay Designer (AI)
Senior Systems Designer (Vanguard)
Senior Technical Narrative Designer
Senior UI Designer (Vanguard) 

-- CONSOLE & PC GAMES --

The Crossfire Series

The Control Series

The Quantum Break Series

The Alan Wake Series

The Max Payne Series

-- MOBILE GAMES --

-- LIVE ACTION SERIES --

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