Remedy Entertainment has announced that development of its free-to-play project, codenamed Vanguard, has been rebooted.
The project now has a different codename, Krestel, and will now be a premium (i.e. a normal game for purchase) with “a strong, co-operative multiplayer component”.
The pivot was due to “uncertainties in creating a successful game to the rapidly changing free-to-play market”.
As the project has been rebooted, Krestel is back to the concept phase, so various members that worked on Vanguard have been moved to other ongoing projects.
“We have made some great strides in free-to-play and multiplayer development in Vanguard. After a lot of careful consideration, we believe that taking on a new direction where the game will be built more around Remedy’s core competences is the right way to go. We are creating another distinct Remedy game with Tencent’s continued support in making a great cooperative multiplayer experience”, said Tero Virtala, the CEO of Remedy Entertainment.
Vanguard was a project which was supposed to be published by Tencent. Remedy has multiple teams working concurrently on various projects including Control 2 (to be published by 505 Games) and the Max Payne 1 & 2 remake (published by Rockstar). Another team has recently released Alan Wake 2 (published by Epic Games), to critical acclaim. It garnered 8 nominations for the upcoming The Game Awards 2023.