‘This is just a humble beginning’
Remedy has linked the events in Alan Wake to the events in Control. That was a nice little easter egg to discover a year ago, an adoring wink at all the longtime Remedy fans. And, as we’ve known for a while now, that was the origin of a dedicated Alan Wake-themed DLC in Control, which is due out at the end of this month.
That’s not the end. It’s just the start. This is deeper than a lake, it’s an ocean.
Remedy creative director Sam Lake has given an update about the direction of the studio’s future games, introducing a concept called the Remedy Connected Universe. Basically, Remedy has been connecting the dots all these years, finding ways to write its stories into one another. “Each game is a standalone experience, but each game is also a doorway into a larger universe with exciting opportunities for crossover events,” Lake says.
The upcoming AWE expansion is the first official crossover. After that, it seems as though Lake wants all of the developer’s singleplayer narratives to coexist. Remedy is already working on the next game (which is reported to be a smaller project) that will fit into the Remedy Connected Universe framework.
So, we’re going to see more Control and more Alan Wake and maybe even more Quantum Break popping up in future Remedy games. Max Payne is probably a no-go since Rockstar owns it. But it’s fantastic to hear that we’ll get more lore from the stories we love while Remedy is also free to craft new characters and narratives.
AWE: The first Remedy Connected Universe crossover event [Remedy Games]