Control's Alan Wake Expansion Is Also Hiding Some Kind of Moon Mystery

Control's Alan Wake Expansion Is Also Hiding Some Kind of Moon Mystery

It looks like Jesse will investigate an off-world Altered World Event.

Alan Wake and Remedy's Connected Universe are, of course, the big focus of Control's upcoming Altered World Event (AWE) expansion. While we'll learn about how the events that took place in Bright Falls are linked to the FBC, it looks like the expansion will also involve some lunar shenanigans, which could even entail a trip beyond the confines of the Oldest House.

Today, Remedy streamed the first 15 minutes of the AWE expansion, which introduces players to the new Investigations Sector and mostly emphasizes connections to 2010's Alan Wake. It seems Jesse's been called to the sector by Wake himself, and it looks like the same dark forces encountered in Alan Wake have taken root in the Oldest House, even requiring Jesse to burn away the darkness with light sources. That's a neat set-up for the DLC, but it looks like players will find out about more than just Wake's fate.

After the stream, Remedy's Communications Director Thomas Puha noted that the gameplay "did not even get into the actual AWE areas, like Fra Mauro and Bright Falls." In Control, we see other AWE research areas named according to where they took place, such as the "Ordinary AWE" central to the main game's plot. Here's the thing: Fra Mauro, named for a 15th century Italian cartographer, isn't a place on Earth. It's actually a crater on the Moon and the landing site of the Apollo 14 mission.

You can actually see a lunar lander in the trailer for the AWE expansion, and as YouTuber Gaming University suggests, that lander could in fact be an Object of Power in Control's paranormal parlance. This raises other questions: is it the Apollo 14 lander, or the Apollo 13 lander which was also supposed to land in Fra Mauro but had to abort mission and return home? Will we merely see lunar artifacts, or—similar to the otherworldly Black Rock Quarry Threshold—could Jesse see Fra Mauro herself? Is the Moon haunted by the Hiss?

"Those have got some amazing work in them from the environment team," Puha says of the Fra Mauro and Bright Falls AWE sites.

We'll find out for ourselves what the Investigations Sector has in store when the AWE expansion launches for PS4, PC, and Xbox One on August 27. That will also mark the Steam debut of Control's Ultimate Edition, which will also be the only version of the game for PS4 and Xbox One to receive a free next-gen upgrade.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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