So it’s official. The rumoured Remedy Connected Universe is real. This is thanks to the announcement of Control’s AWE Expansion, which is centered around Alan Wake.
Well, this is a little bit massive. I, personally, am a huge fan of Alan Wake. I rate it highly, easily placing it in my top ten. I’ve yet to play Control, but now I definitely need to. Anyway, the notion of a Remedy Connected Universe isn’t new to fans. There have been rumours for quite some time, and Remedy have been dropping hints and easter eggs for ages.
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Remedy Connected Universe? Creative Director Sam Lake had this to say…
“Slowly, patiently, behind the scenes, we’ve been planning and plotting to make this a reality… I’m absolutely thrilled to tell you that now, the time has come to take the first concrete step on tis road, establishing the Remedy Connected Universe.”
“The AWE expansion is the first official Remedy Connected Universe crossover event, bringing more Alan Wake lore into Control.”
Lake also confirmed that Remedy is working on a project that’ll take place in the same universe. However, this could be one of the two Remedy titles that were previously mentioned to be published by Epic Games. Of those two, one is supposedly a triple-A title while the other is smaller. Either one of these could fit into the RCU (yeah, I’m coining that). Alan Wake American Nightmare was a smaller title that spun off from Alan Wake. That should still count, right?
Here’s a little bit on Control and Alan Wake, if you’re curious…
Alan Wake is an action-adventure video game developed by Remedy Entertainment and published by Microsoft Studios, released for the Xbox 360 and Microsoft Windows. The story follows best-selling thriller novelist Alan Wake as he tries to uncover the mystery behind his wife’s disappearance during a vacation in the small fictional town of Bright Falls, Washington, all while experiencing events from the plot in his latest novel, which he cannot remember writing, coming to life.
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Control is inspired by the fictional SCP Foundation, an online project of user-created stories of paranormal objects, and based on the genre of the new weird. The environments of the Oldest House are designed in the brutalist architecture, common for many oppressive governmental buildings and which served as a setting to show off the game’s destructive environmental systems. Control was one of the first games released to take advantage of real-time ray tracing built into the hardware of newer video cards. In addition to Hope, further voice work and live-action footage is provided by James McCaffrey, Matthew Porretta, and Martti Suosalo, while the band Poets of the Fall provided additional music.
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