Remedy Entertainment has announced that it is rebooting the multiplayer for its cooperative game codenamed “Vanguard.” The game will now be called “Kestrel” and will be a premium title with a strong focus on cooperative gameplay.
As revealed in a website post, the decision to reboot the game comes after Remedy and its publishing partner, Tencent, evaluated the project’s status and its next steps. The development team has made great strides in free-to-play and multiplayer development, but Remedy believes that taking the game in a new direction is the right way to go.
To quote Tero Virtala, the CEO of Remedy Entertainment:
“We have made some great strides in free-to-play and multiplayer development in Vanguard. After a lot of careful consideration, we believe that taking on a new direction where the game will be built more around Remedy’s core competences is the right way to go. We are creating another distinct Remedy game with Tencent’s continued support in making a great cooperative multiplayer experience.”
The new game will lean more into Remedy’s core strengths and will be built on many of the features, assets, and themes already designed for Vanguard. Virtala said that the company is creating another distinct Remedy game with Tencent’s continued support in making a great cooperative multiplayer experience.
It is unclear when Kestrel will be released, but the fact that the game is returning to a concept phase suggests that it could be several years away. This would be strange to announce now but I think the reason for the surprise post is for stockholders. This way those who own stocks know that not only is Remedy working on a new project with the potential to make money, but they’re also working closely with Tencent.
Remedy is fresh off of the success of Alan Wake 2, so it is also likely riding the wave of player approval by announcing its next project. This way, they can plant the idea in players’ minds early.