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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 favourite memories.

Creations From The Community Celebrating Alan Wake's 10th

Artists in the community, celebrated ten years of Alan Wake with gorgeous new work. From brand new fan art, to collages, new articles, and even a themed park exhibit!

New Retrospective: Agents of Storm

In a new retrospective, we look back at Remedy's first mobile game developed in-house, Agents of Storm, and how their plans to shift to a multi-project setup influenced their layout now.

Epic Games Publishing Announces New Partnership

In late March, Epic Games announced a new publishing deal with three developers; gen DESIGN (The Last Guardian), Playdead (Inside, Limbo) and Remedy Entertainment.

Our First Glimpse atThe Foundation, Control's First Expansion

The first glimpse of The Foundation is out now on IGN and the PlayStation Blog, with a new trailer, new interviews, new information, and new screenshots. [Screenshot:PlayStation Blog.]

Celebrating Remedy's 25th Anniversary

2020 marks the twenty-fifth year of the studio and, throughout the year, we're going to celebrating the milestone with new articles, interviews, giveaways, and more. #Remedy25

Poets of the Fall's Acoustic Sessions At Alexander Theatre

Throughout 2020, Poets of the Fall (the real life band behind the Old Gods of Asgard) will be uploading an acoustic rendition of one of their songs, with one video being posted each month.

A Conversation with Kathy Tong, Author of Not-Quite-Supermodel

We recently spoke to Kathy Tong (the brilliant actress behind Mona Sax) about her new book Not-Quite-Supermodel, and her journey in becoming a published author.

CROSSFIRE X Coming To XBOX One, With New Remedy Content

Revealed during the XBOX E3 Media Briefing, CROSSFIRE X, the latest game in the CROSSFIRE series, in partnership with Remedy, will be coming to XBOX One in 2020.

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].

Interviews and Conversations with....

Over the past seven 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.

13th August 2020
The Art & Making of Control Announced For Holiday 2020

Today Remedy debuted the first fifteen minutes of Control's upcoming DLC, AWE in a special livestream, but that wasn't the only surprise the developers had in store! Closing out the broadcast, Sam Lake (Creative Director at Remedy) announced a new art book, The Art & Making of Control, in collaboration with Future Press. 

The limited-edition collection features gorgeous artwork from the game's art team including concept artwork, renders and sketches, as well as a look at Control's game design, VFX work, narrative design, creative direction, world-building and costume design.


In their announcement, Future Press talked more about their new partnership and what interested them about the game, "Remedy have long been one of our favorite studios, and they set a new benchmark with Control. Its brilliant third-person combat mechanics and staggering feats of world building add up to what we genuinely think is one of the most outstanding and singular games of recent times." 

The collection spans an impressive 384 pages and measures 11" x 8.5", so it's a sizable beast! While the project is still currently wrapping up, the collection is set to launch by the end of the year and will cost £49.99 / $ 59.99 / € 59.99. At the present time, it is only available to order through Amazon.com, but we'll keep you updated with any further shipping details as "pre-orders in other territories will also go live soon."

You can find more details on the Future Press website, HERE


12th August 2020
Control Ultimate Edition Announced!
[Launching on Steam, Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, XBOX One, and XBOX Series X]

Remedy Entertainment and 505Games have just announced the highly-anticipated Steam version of Control, alongside a brand new special edition of the title which is set to launch on both current and upcoming XBOX (XBOX One & XBOX Series X) and PlayStation (PlayStation 4 & 5) consoles. 

The edition is the Control Ultimate Edition and it will start rolling out on August 27th (a little more about that in a bit!)

First things first, what will the Control Ultimate Edition have? 
Well, of course, it will have the main Control game, but it will also feature The Foundation DLC and AWE DLC packs. It will also be the most up-to-date version of the title, featuring updates such as The Expeditions levels, photo mode, and the ability to replay boss fights through the arcade machines (coming with the AWE pack).


So, there's a staggered release date?
Yep, and this is part where you might need to grab your diary. The Control Ultimate Edition will be launching first on Steam on August 27th. 

Two weeks later, on September 10th, the digital edition will be available on the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and XBOX One. Those are the only concrete dates we've got for the new edition so far. 

At the end of 2020, the Control Ultimate Edition will be available to purchase in-store as a physical edition for PlayStation 4 and XBOX One AND will launch digitally on PlayStation 5 and XBOX Series X. 

If you would like to get the physical edition of the game for the PlayStation 5 and XBOX Series X, make sure to keep an eye out as that is due to launch in "early 2021"


Will there be a free update for players who upgrade their console? 
Back in mid-June, the studios announced that Control would be coming to next-generation consoles. If you purchased the Control Ultimate Edition on PlayStation 4 or XBOX One, you will unlock the game on your upgraded machine, if you choose to upgrade. For instance, if you buy the edition on PlayStation 4, you will also get the same edition on PlayStation 5. Please note, that the offer only extends to players who have the Control Ultimate Edition.

Source: Control Website.


12th August 2020
Sam Lake's Letter Announces the Remedy Connected Universe

A few days ago, Sam Lake (Creative Director at Remedy) published a letter on the Remedy website detailing future plans for the studio and the overarching story set to feature in their upcoming games. While we already spoke a little about this letter in a previous wrap-up, it felt like it also needed its own post as it reflects a shift, of sorts, within the studio.

So, what is the letter about? In the recent post, Sam officially announced the new Remedy Connected Universe, which connects their games, while also allowing each title to stand on its own. For instance, picking up Control's upcoming AWE DLC pack will give greater context to the events of Alan Wake as the FBC investigated Bright Falls as a significant "Altered World Event".

In his letter, Sam addresses exactly that, explaining, "by now, you have maybe seen the trailer for AWE, our next expansion for Control. For over 10 years, we’ve had a crazy dream. The idea that the tales told in some of our games would be connected to each other, a connected world of stories and events with shared characters and lore. Each game is a stand-alone experience, but each game is also a doorway into a larger universe with exciting opportunities for crossover events."

Is this a new thing? Well, yes and no. In the same post, Sam goes onto comment, "slowly, patiently, behind the scenes, we’ve been planning and plotting to make this a reality." The idea that all of these stories were interlaced is not a new concept to fans either. It was a topic that was loved by the sadly now-defunct Alan Wake Forums. It was also a topic that was regularly discussed in interviews almost a decade ago to explain Alan Wake's American Nightmare and how it fits into the greater Alan Wake storyline.

There have also been so many easter eggs over the years such as Alex Casey (from Alan Wake) mirroring Max Payne's word choice and delivery (voiced by James McCaffrey), the Death Rally arcade cabinet in American Nightmare, similarities between Thomas Zanes' "both wilder and more serene" poem and the names Beth Wilder and Paul Serene, the chalkboard in Quantum Break referencing Wake. The list can go on!

But while it isn't strictly a new concept, it's a new approach for the studio. In the past, developers at the studio may have considered that each adventure is connected, and talked about those views in interviews, but while it seems to have been a shared internal attitude, there hasn't been an official 'this is what we're actively trying to pursue' announcement from the studio. Easter eggs may be one thing but an overarching story is another. With the upcoming AWE DLC pack, the team has specifically approached it with the mindset of it being the first pre-meditated release in the Remedy Connected Universe. 

"I’m absolutely thrilled to tell you that now, the time has come to take the first concrete step on this road, establishing Remedy Connected Universe. You have no idea how happy it makes me to be able to finally make this statement." As the letter wraps up, Sam also delves a little into what's next in store for the studio, "and this is still just a humble beginning. We’re already hard at work on a future Remedy game that also takes place in this same universe."

You can read the letter in full on the Remedy website, HERE.

11th August 2020
Finnish Games Awards 2020 Shortlist [18th August]
Control Receives Three Nominations

This week, Suomen Pelinkehittäjät ry (the Finnish Game Developers’ Association) and Neogames Finland have announced their shortlist for the Finnish Games Awards 2020, along with details of this year's remotely-held event. 






Photo Source: Neogames Finland

This year is a big one as it marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the event, a milestone celebrated alongside Remedy and Housemarque who were all founded in the same year. 

Unfortunately, with the threat of Covid-19, the ceremony will be held remotely from Finland, and livestreamed to virtual attendees. The broadcast will start on August 18th at 6:45pm (EEST), and will be available to watch on Neogames' YouTube channel, HERE. The list of winners will also be posted on their website just under two hours later at 8:30pm EEST. 

Remedy has been nominated in three of the five categories this year including "Best Creative Achievement", "Big Screen Game of the Year", and "Finnish Game Of The Year", but are also up against tough competition! Baba Is You who has been a strong competitor in awards ceremonies this past year are also up against them in each of the three categories.


The shortlist for this year's Finnish Games Awards 2020 include:

Vuoden 2019 Luova Saavutus
Best Creative Achievement Of The Year 2019

     - Control (Remedy Entertainment) 
     - Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince (Frozenbyte) 
     - Baba Is You (Hempuli)

Vuoden 2019 Tietokone- Ja Konsolipeli
Big Screen Game Of The Year 2019

     - Undead Horde (10tons) 
     - Trials Rising (Ubisoft RedLynx) 
     - Baba Is You (Hempuli) 
     - Control (Remedy Entertainment) 
     - Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince (Frozenbyte)

Pääpalkinto: Vuoden 2019 Kotimainen Peli
Finnish Game Of The Year 2019

     - Baba Is You (Hempuli) 
     - Control (Remedy Entertainment) 
     - Oceanhorn 2 (CornFox & Brothers Games) 
     - Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince (Frozenbyte) 
     - Trials Rising (Ubisoft RedLynx)


The nominees for "Vuoden 2019 Hyötypeli" / "Applied Game Award 2019" are Pikku Kakkosen Eskari (Pikku Kakkosen Sovellustiimi), Super Stomp 2-player setup for Valojump (Valo Motion), and QWiz (Department of Physics and Astronomy: University of Turku & MiTale).

And finally, the nominations for "Vuoden 2019 Mobiilipeli" / "Small Screen Game Of The Year 2019" include Nonstop Knight 2 (Kopla Games), Oceanhorn 2 (CornFox & Brothers Games), Angry Birds Dream Blast (Rovio Entertainment), Alien: Blackout (Rival Games, Theory Interactive, FoxNext Games, D3, Go!) and Rumble Stars (Frogmind).


You can view the official announcement on the Neogames Finland website, HERE
Or check out their press release on Gamasutra, HERE

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