Yesterday's State of Play presentation confirmed what's been pretty obvious for close to a year now: Control, Remedy's latest game, takes place in the same universe as Alan Wake. The AWE expansion for Control, launching on August 27 (the game's one-year anniversary), will officially be the first link in what's being called the "Remedy Connected Universe," but it won't stop there: Remedy says it's working on a whole new game in the universe.
"For over 10 years, we've had a crazy dream," writes Creative Director Sam Lake over at Remedy's website. "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." Over at the PlayStation Blog yesterday, Communications Director Thomas Puha introduced the phrase "Remedy Connected Universe," and Lake promises that the AWE expansion is "just a humble beginning" for it.
"We're already hard at work on a future Remedy game that also takes place in this same universe," Lake confirms.
This clears up at least some of what's on Remedy's plate for the next few years. Just last month, Remedy demoed the single-player campaign it's developing for Smilegate's CrossfireX, but it also has more than just one other project in the works beyond that.
In February, Remedy confirmed that it was moving forward with a multiplayer project from its secretive Vanguard initiative as well as a new, unannounced project. A month later, Remedy announced the signing of a new deal with Epic Games Publishing for two titles: the first, a "AAA multi-platform game already in pre-production," is presumably this next title in the Remedy Connected Universe. Why? The second title mentioned in the announcement isn't Remedy's multiplayer game, which will use Unreal, but is instead "a new smaller-scale project set in the same franchise" as the other project (emphasis ours). Both will use Remedy's Northlight engine, just as Control did.
From the sounds of this, it actually seems like two follow-ups to Control and Alan Wake in the Remedy Connected Universe are in the works. One would be Remedy's next big multiplatform game, and the other is the smaller project. Both are being planned for next-gen consoles and PC.
As for just how much connective tissue exists within Remedy's catalogue beyond Alan Wake and Control, that's hard to say. Quantum Break could certainly have ties to both, but working in connections to Max Payne might be tricky considering that Rockstar owns the rights to it. Will Death Rally be revealed as some sort of car smash-'em-up Altered World Event too?
Next week on August 13 at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT, Remedy will host a stream showing off the first 15 minutes of the AWE expansion. Remedy says it'll be the only preview of the DLC before it's released for Xbox One, PS4, and PC later this month, so if you want an early look at how this Connected Universe will come together, that'll be your big chance. Control is also coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X in some fashion down the line.