Remedy announces its free-to-play PvE multiplayer project is now a premium co-op title
Remedy Entertainment has confirmed that its free-to-play multiplayer project, codenamed "Vanguard," has been renamed "Kestrel," and will now be a "premium" co-op release.
In a new statement (via VGC), the Alan Wake 2 developer announced the shift in direction, referring to Kestrel as a "premium game with a strong, cooperative multiplayer component." The game will be published by Chinese tech firm Tencent and was originally set to be a free-to-play PvE shooter.
The decision to abandon the free-to-play model was made in response to Remedy and Tencent's concerns about the current market, which is "rapidly changing" and would require the companies to take massive risks in order to turn a profit.
Vanguard recently exited the proof-of-concept stage, as reported by Remedy last month, with the switch to Kestrel pushing it back into the concept phase. The studio's core leadership and "select members of the development team" will continue to work on the new title, with other former Vanguard developers now working on Remedy's other projects, such as the Max Payne remakes and Control 2, now that Alan Wake 2 has been released.
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