Remedy Entertainment and Tencent have signed an agreement for the co-operative multiplayer game Vanguard, with the agreement covering development, publishing, and localisation. Players should not expect a lot of details regarding Vanguard as the game is still in early proof of concept stage. It will run on Unreal Engine and is being developed for PC and consoles. According to the agreement Remedy will develop the game and handle publishing duties everywhere except in some parts of Asia. Tencent will be handling localisation and publishing in those areas. Tencent has the rights to develop and publish a mobile version of Vanguard worldwide.
“Vanguard marks Remedy’s first entry into Games-as-a-Service business model, executed by our top tier team of free-to-play experts. We are building something new and exciting for co-operative multiplayer space, on top of Remedy’s strengths. Expanding our capabilities to take on publishing responsibilities is the next step in the development of our company. We are excited for this long-term partnership with Tencent and with confidence can say that it is an excellent fit in supporting Vanguard’s ambitious plans. Vanguard is a global opportunity, and Tencent can support Remedy internationally, and lead the operations in Asia and the mobile markets.” said Tero Virtala, CEO of Remedy Entertainment.
This is not the first time a multiplayer game has been announced by Remedy Entertainment. In June. Project Condor was announced as a co-op four player game set in the Control universe. For that game Remedy had signed a co-publishing agreement with 505 Games. Interestingly, at the time of the reveal the name Vanguard was also used.
Game Director Mikael Kasurinen said: “We get that there is going to be skepticism about multiplayer. But I believe we can create shared experiences without compromising the unique DNA of who we are, or the stories we want to tell. Yes, we need to re-think our angles, our techniques, our mindset, but we see it as an exciting challenge: What would a Remedy multiplayer game look like? The Vanguard team has done awesome progress on that front already, and the possibilities there are extremely exciting. Both games will be different examples of how you can collectively experience our worlds. We are approaching this with a mix of excitement and respect. We want to create something that is engaging, yet familiar, something any of our fans can jump into and feel at home in. Together.”
Hopefully we will get more information about Project Condor in the next year.
Source: Press Release