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Year In Review 2020

In 2020, Remedy turned twenty five, Control's DLC packs launched, and Assist Mode was added. Here's what happened that year!

Poets of the Fall's New Music Video, Stay Forever

Poets of the Fall returned back to their original album, with a special music video for Stay.

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.

New Retrospective: Agents of Storm

In a new retrospective, we look back at Remedy's first mobile game developed in-house, Agents of Storm.

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

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

Interviews and Conversations with....

Over the past eight years, I've had the pleasure of interviewing some amazing devs and actors inc. Cam Rogers, Kathy Tong, Fred Berman, Ilkka Villi, and Christopher Forsyth.

3rd May 2021
Rockstar Releases Max Payne 3 DLC Free For PC

In a surprise but fairly quiet announcement, Rockstar has recently released all DLC packs for LA Noire and Max Payne 3 for free on PC! The news was originally spotted and reported on by Eurogamer, who also explains that the decision comes in the wake of both titles having support for 32-bit operating systems removed.

For the original LA Noire, the new decision adds five additional cases for players to investigate. The cases now included with the base game are The Naked City, A Slip of the Tongue, Nicholson Electroplating, Reefer Madness, and The Consul's Car. There are also additional cosmetic DLC including extra weapons and suits (with exclusive perks). You can view LA Noire on Steam, HERE.

For Max Payne 3, things are a little different as the game doesn't have any story DLC. Instead, the extra content focuses on the game's multiplayer campaign. As a result, the multiplayer packs, Deathmatch Made In Heaven, Painful Memories, Hostage Negotiation, Disorganized Crime, and Local Justice packs are now available to download if you own the original game. All of the bundles features new maps, new weapons, new items, and new characters. The Special Edition Pack also comes packed with eight multiplayer skins from the original two games, including Mona Sax, Vladimir Lem and Max. You can read more about the game's DLC packs on the Rockstar website, HERE

23rd April 2021
Vida Starčević talks Control's Assist Mode at GAconf

Earlier this month, IGDA Game Accessibility SIG held their first GAconf Europe remote event. The conference was a huge success and featured two days of lectures from developers across the globe who have worked on titles or researched accessibility within the industry.

Included in the mix was Vida Starčević's talk "Putting the Assist Mode in Control" where she revealed that it was following feedback from players and regular weekly meetings within the Control team that led to the creation of the Assist Mode. In the lecture, she also talked about how the team responded to complaints over the intense difficulty of the game, but instead of inserting an easy mode, wanted to provide ways to tailor the experience, without impacting trophies or achievements. The studio also made the decision not to advertise the Assist Mode within the game, but include it in update notes.

Accompanied by a slideshow, Vida also revealed a number of interesting statistics including that 64% of players (excluding Control Ultimate Edition owners) tried the mode, with Immortality being the community's favourite feature with 23% selecting it, particularly at the end of the game. (24% of players also tried every option available.)

You can see Vida's full lecture below or on the IGDA GASIG YouTube channel, HERE


13th April 2021
Control Arrives On PS1 in April Fool's Day Trailer

Over the past few years, Remedy has treated fans to a variety of different April Fool's over the years, from Alan Wake Wars, to their new coffee enterprise. This year they were back with a video that truly represents how disconnected time has felt this past year, with gameplay footage of Control as it would have been on the original PlayStation.

Created by Remedy's Principal Gameplay Designer, Tommi Saalasti, that dastardly mind turned back time with a Control showcasing the game in all its majestic 1996 pixelated glory. Though, it does bring up some questions. Where has this been all our lives? Can we still talk to plants? Why is "Security Centre" misspelt? Why has Jesse Faden suddenly developed a Captain Janeway action bob? The answer to all of those questions is yes. 

You can see the full gameplay video below!

11th April 2021
Weekend Sales & New Control Steam Collection

 Today we have two small pieces of news for you this weekend! 

The first is about a brand new Control bundle on Steam which packages both the Alan Wake and Control series into one neat collection. Simply titled the Control Ultimate Edition and Alan Wake Bundle, the pack contains Control Ultimate Edition (£34.99), Alan Wake (£11.39), Alan Wake Collector's Edition Extras (£6.99), and Alan Wake's American Nightmare. At its standard price, the pack costs £59.56, but as it just launched on the platform, it is currently 15% off, just £50.62. You can buy the collection for yourself or purchase it for a friend via the Steam website.

You can see the collection, HERE


Speaking of sales, it's getting to be that time of year again, and this weekend there are two additional offers to watch out for. Alongside the Control Ultimate Edition and Alan Wake Bundle on Steam, Quantum Break is currently 75% off. If you've not checked out the game yet, make sure to take a look. Please fix time, we're begging you, time has no meaning anymore. The game is currently discounted as part of the Xbox Games Studio Publisher Sale, which wraps up on Monday 12th April at 18:00 BST / 17:00 UTC.

View Quantum Break on Steam, HERE


The final sale is The Humble Store's annual Detective Hamble Sale which spotlights games with a mystery. Included as part of the offers is Alan Wake and Alan Wake's American Nightmare. Both games are 70% off if you buy separately, or 75% off if you buy together. 

View the Detective Hamble Sale, HERE.

-- CURRENT PROJECTS --

The Crossfire Series

-- CONSOLE & PC GAMES --

The Control Series

The Quantum Break Series

The Alan Wake Series

The Max Payne Series

-- MOBILE GAMES --

-- LIVE ACTION SERIES --

Beyond the shadow you settle for, there's a miracle illuminated.