Showing posts with label Remedy Entertainment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Remedy Entertainment. Show all posts

Friday, January 10, 2020

Control and Death Stranding Gets Most Nominations at DICE Awards

Control and Death Stranding are on top list of nominees at D.I.C.E. Awards, receiving eight nominations each.

Despite being two major contenders for "Game of the Year" accolades for 2019, both Control and Death Stranding ended up losing the crown to action-adventure title Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice by Japanese studio From Software.

Now those two games are heading to upcoming 23rd annual D.I.C.E. Awards this award season earning most number of nominations each, to compete against each other over multiple categories including Game of the Year.

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Control and Death Stranding Gets Most Nominations at DICE Awards

RELATED: Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice Wins Game of The Year at The Game Awards 2019

Though started off with a few issues on consoles at launch, reception towards Control was mostly positive. However, that didn't reflect largely when it comes to winning awards and it has won for Best Art Direction at TGA 2019.

On the other hand, social strand genre pioneer Death Stranding was a highly-anticipated title from game director Hideo Kojima following his infamous departure from Konami and has divided audience in terms of reviews.

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These titles are going to be challenging each other for winning on Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction, Outstanding Achievement in Character, Outstanding Technical Achievement and lastly for Game of the Year categories.

Death Stranding is challenging its worthy rival twice as hard for its place in Outstanding Achievement in Character group with Cliff Unger portrayed by Mads Mikkelsen and Sam Porter Bridges played by Norman Reedus.

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Set to take place on February 13, 2020, awards ceremony for Design Innovate Communicate Entertain has been one of the oldest shows within video game industry that made its debut back in 1998 to honor winners of previous year.

Control and Death Stranding will have their chance at a few more events to win over GOTY. When we are done with D.I.C.E. Awards, there are both Game Developers Choice Awards and New York Game Awards coming this year.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Control Getting Expeditions Mode

Expeditions game mode for Control introduce new series of challenges, available from today as a free update.

Despite having a much-deserved nomination for "Game of the Year" title this year, action-adventure game Control couldn't be the winner but was recognized for "Best Art Direction" category at The Game Awards 2019.

As revealed earlier in post-launch content roadmap, developer Remedy Entertainment and publisher 505 Games releases first-ever free content update Expeditions for the game on PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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Control Getting Expeditions Mode

RELATED: Control Post-Launch Content Roadmap

Take a look at official trailer of free content update Expeditions, showcasing new game mode for Control.




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Expeditions mode is a challenging new experience to test out skills of a player in character build, combat and loadout. Once you have completed "My Brother’s Keeper" main mission, you can get access to this timed game mode.

There is an old-timey jukebox, which is another Object of Power that is kept in a remote room near to Central Executive area. When all jukebox tokens are collected, players will hear a song that would transport Jesse Faden into another dimension.

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How To Access Expeditions

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Once you are transported to Quarry Threshold, you have only 25 minutes to wrap up Expedition. It is already pretty difficult to complete and you are sent back to where you came from when your time is finally up.

You can defeat select enemies, complete Bureau Alerts and Board Countermeasures or buy more jukebox tokens from Astral Constructs menu. Expeditions have three tiers and they are all unlocked in a cycle and each one more difficult.

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Get Jukebox Tokens

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Accessing further tiers will cost you more tokens but gives you a chance to reap better rewards. Playing through Expeditions, Jesse has chances to get brand-new outfit, earn abundant crafting materials and mods for her Service Weapon.

Each time you go out trying your luck, there would be different gameplay factors like weapon damage getting significant buff, ammo generating faster or Jesse's supernatural abilities becomes less effective against Hiss enemies.

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Challenging Combat Experience

RELATED: Control DLC May Have Alan Wake Crossover

Expeditions will serve as free end-game content and bundled with December update that comes with a bunch of fixes and optimizations. Some issues regarding HUD elements and random camera glitch has been taken care of.

Third-person action game Control will get Foundation, its first paid DLC on March 26, 2020 for all major platforms. A follow-up second expansion pack titled AWE will arrive on middle of next year to explore further oddity.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Alan Wake's American Nightmare and Observer Free on Epic Games Store Now

On this week's game giveaway, Alan Wake's American Nightmare and Observer are available at Epic Games Store for free.

In due time to drop their latest freebie, Epic Games has some new titles at their digital storefront Epic Games Store this week and players on PC platform can grab two games for free to add to their online library.

Starting from now on, you can head over straight to Epic Store and sign in to your free account to claim both Alan Wake's American Nightmare and >observer_ within any given time until October 24, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Alan Wake's American Nightmare and Observer Free on Epic Games Store Now

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American Nightmare comes to fans of Alan Wake franchise as close to a follow-up release that is not a true sequel from developer Remedy Entertainment. Despite being an action-thriller, it has noticeable tones of psychological horror genre.

Observer hails from horror-centric development studio Bloober Team and is set on a dystopian futuristic era. Players take on the role of detective Daniel Lazarski, who employs hacking into people's brain as an interrogation technique.

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Though Alan Wake's American Nightmare have obvious horror vibes, it has a teen rating and >observer_ being suited for a mature audience is probably what caused Epic Games to offer players a dual choice, so that everyone can have fun.

EGS already announced to bring two more PC titles to their free games collection next week; psychedelic horror Layers of Fear from developer Bloober Team and first-person puzzle game Q.U.B.E.2 by Toxic Games on October 24.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Control Getting Photo Mode

Long-anticipated Photo Mode feature is heading to Control tomorrow to let you capture its striking aesthetic.

Following its launch back in August 2019, action-adventure game Control from developer Remedy Entertainment and publisher 505 Games has seen overly positive response on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

A post-launch content roadmap was revealed last month that includes two upcoming expansions alongside a brand-new game mode and a much requested Photo Mode, which is arriving soon on October 16, 2019.

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Control Getting Photo Mode

RELATED: Control Post-Launch Content Roadmap

In a latest Update 1.04, Photo Mode will be added and can be found within Options menu. Camera can be moved left to right to focus on object or pan up and down using thumb sticks or trigger buttons of a controller in console.

You can begin capturing any fascinating visuals starting from Brutalist hallways of the Oldest House or protagonist Jesse Faden wielding her supernatural gifts against Hiss-corrupted enemies around her to unleash your creativity.

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Change Focus Distance

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There are two tabs in menu just like any regular camera, which are Camera and Filters tab. You can roll around a subject, adjust depth of field, focus distance, or even broaden and tighten field of view before taking a shot in Camera.

Before applying multiple different filters on a scene, remove Jesse or all other characters from any scene, or even do both using Filters tab. Options to reset a shot and hiding all UI are available for your convenience as well.

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Adjust Aperture and Depth

RELATED: Control DLC May Have Alan Wake Crossover

Inside of ever-changing surroundings of the Bureau that houses stranger things from other dimensions, aligns perfectly with its uniquely creepy aesthetic and strong colors, a Photo Mode is a feature that was long overdue.

A new game mode Expeditions is planned for Control to release on December 2019 to challenge players in a set time to get precious rewards. However, different modifiers will make things tricky for Jesse each time she ventures into it.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Control DLC May Have Alan Wake Crossover

Recently revealed post-launch DLC content for Control may finally tie in to story of Alan Wake in 2020.

In a recent venture with publisher 505 Games, developer Remedy Entertainment has seen critical and commercial success with release of action-adventure game Control on PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

According to their latest announcement for upcoming post-launch content roadmap for the game, two new expansions are revealed and one of them is clearly teasing a tie-in to 2010 supernatural horror universe of Alan Wake.

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Control DLC May Have Alan Wake Crossover

RELATED: Control Post-Launch Content Roadmap

Before Control, Finnish developer Remedy made a reputation with critically acclaimed psychological thriller title Alan Wake. Although there was a stand-alone follow-up title Alan Wake's American Nightmare, fans never got a true sequel.

Players have already found clues, documents and Easter eggs during their mind-bending exploration of Control that clearly points at events of Bright Falls from first Alan Wake game that was launched almost 10 years ago for Xbox 360.

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Initially, it was an easily missable teaser image of Control's second expansion AWE but when Remedy creative director/writer Sam Lake shared that image on Twitter with a cryptic caption, many people starts noticing what was up.


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A closer look at poster of AWE expansion reveals official box art of Alan Wake in top half of its lettering that sued fonts from the same game. In below half, protagonist Jesse Faden of Control is probably fighting Hiss at Federal Bureau of Control.

AWE can either stand for either "Alan Wake Experience" or Altered World Events and the latter one actually makes more sense. Remedy has also teased these references earlier in their 2016 sci-fi adventure shooter title Quantum Break.

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Alan Wake Reference in Quantum Break

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Although both Alan Wake and Control are set on different plots, many hints suggest that they both are from same universe and maybe even the latter is some sort of continuation of events that took place in Washington forest a decade ago.

According to press release, AWE will arrive on mid-2020 and will send Jesse to investigations sector of Oldest House, a part where FBC keeps tabs on Altered World Events and Bright Falls' case was what the Bureau investigated earlier.

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With every lead matching and pointing to each other, there could is a very good chance for a crossover event or even nothing at all. If not anything, it can very much help revive a beloved series once again by providing a great launch pad.

Through its ending, Control has set up possibilities for a potential sequel to expand further on lead character Jesse Faden's story and despite Remedy expressing to make Alan Wake 2, nothing can be said for sure until next year.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Control Post-Launch Content Roadmap

Remedy Entertainment reveals new Photo Mode and two expansions in post-launch content roadmap for Control.

In less than a month after release, latest action-adventure game Control from developer Remedy Entertainment and publisher 505 Games has become a smash-hit title on PC via Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

After receiving some community feedback, developers issued a performance update for the game on PS4 lately. Remedy has also shared their plans to introduce additional post-launch content until mid 2020 that even includes two expansions.

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Control Post-Launch Content Roadmap

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Although player on PC platform has already figure out their own way of mimicking Photo Mode, this much-requested feature is coming soon by fall 2019 to let people capture its artistic in-game world through amazing snapshots.

By December 2019, free end-game mode called Expeditions will arrive for Control that offers some toughest challenges from Oldest House, which sends protagonist Jesse Faden to help security chief Arish regarding the Foundation.

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Next year, two paid expansion pack The Foundation and AWE are scheduled for early 2020 and middle of the year. New enemies, game mechanics and story missions will be introduced that takes part in yet to explore locations.

The Foundation takes Jesse deep into Federal Bureau of Control history for a mind-bending exploration at Oldest House. AWE will see her venturing into another part of FBC, known as investigations sector for more paranormal happenings.

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Remedy also revealed that first expansion for the game will remain a timed exclusive for PS4 but second one will see launch on all platforms at once. PC and Xbox One players will get their hands on these DLCs after exclusivity period ran out.

Control Digital Deluxe Edition is already out on PlayStation Store right now to pre-order for $79.99 only, which comes with exclusive side mission, Season Pass and Urban Response Gear bonus outfit for Jesse, exclusively on PS4.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Alan Wake and For Honor Free on Epic Games Store Now

Epic Games Store returns this week to giveaway two new PC games, Alan Wake and For Honor for free.

In a running streak of offering players free games on PC platform, Epic Games continue to bring more new titles to their digital storefront Epic Games Store and their giveaway lineup has been slowly improving in each passing week.

Freebie titles are now being offered on a weekly basis on Epic Store and this week, players will be able to grab two new games into their collection with a free account and it has to be done before August 9, 7:59 AM PT/10:59 AM EDT.

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Alan Wake and For Honor Free on Epic Games Store Now

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People can head over to Epic Games Store to pick up PC version of Alan Wake and For Honor, a psychological thriller and a medieval action fighting game from developer/publisher Remedy Entertainment and Ubisoft respectively.

Alan Wake takes you on a mysterious journey of a best-selling thriller novelist who is having a writer's block and goes to small town of Bright Falls for a vacation but ended up being busy saving his wife from shadowy dark presence.

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In For Honor, you will pick up a warrior character from renowned factions of Knights, Samurai, Vikings and WuLin. Then get into battle to fight enemies in single-player campaign and multiplayer modes to enjoy melee action.

Last week, EGS has given up two free games priced $7.99 only, simply because one of the titles, This War of Mine was M-Rated and was most likely to deprive younger players from accessing it if Parental Controls feature was there.

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Epic Games didn't actually need to go out of their way to offer an extra title in their giveaway program but doing that helped promote their store feature and eventually helped drive more people to their outlet seeking those games.

Epic Store will be offering 2016 puzzle-adventure game GNOG next week, from August 8, 2019 on their platform for a visually explosive fun-ride experience by developer studio KO OP, in association with Double Fine Presents.

Monday, July 1, 2019

Remedy Entertainment Acquires Alan Wake

Publishing rights for Alan Wake mystery adventure game series goes back to Remedy Entertainment from Microsoft.

After their successful run on Max Payne series in early 2000's, Finnish developer studio Remedy Entertainment partnered up with Microsoft Studios to work on their action-adventure title Alan Wake of 2010 that would receive critically acclaim.

Despite garnering positive response from all, they could never make a proper sequel without getting approval of its publisher. Lately, Remedy gains publishing rights for their highly praised supernatural thriller franchise from Microsoft.

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Remedy Entertainment Acquires Alan Wake

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In addition to acquire full rights to their original mystery adventure game series, developers have also accepted a one-time royalty payment worth €2.5 million during second half of 2019 for past sales of previously-released games.

Although there are no words on whether they will go for a remake or a full sequel now, a spokesperson stated the following on behalf of Remedy.

The only thing we want to clarify, now that Remedy owns the publishing rights, is that we could bring Alan Wake to different platforms if we so choose.

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Cult classic action-adventure game Alan Wake was originally released as an exclusive title for Xbox 360 before seeing launch of a PC version in 2012. It was eventually brought to Xbox One platform via backwards compatibility feature.

Remedy Entertainment saw the first game as Season 1 based on the life of best-selling thriller novelist lead character and had six episodes with additional DLC packs as special episodes but Alan Wake 2 was postponed due to financial reasons.

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We saw release of Alan Wake's American Nightmare in 2012 that actually adapted many concepts from their scrapped project and Microsoft wanted them to work on something unique like sci-fi shooter adventure Quantum Break.

Remedy is currently busy with their upcoming supernatural adventure title Control, which is scheduled to launch on 27 August, 2019. Given their early comment, they would likely to port Alan Wake for Nintendo Switch or PlayStation 4 now.