Remedy Entertainment has announced that it's rebooting its cooperative, free-to-play multiplayer game project codenamed “Vanguard”, which will now be known as Project Kestrel and will be developed as a "premium game with a strong, cooperative multiplayer component".
In December 2021, Remedy formed a partnership with Tencent, securing funding for their project's development. However, given the volatile nature of the free-to-play market and its frequent shifts, both parties have re-evaluated and are considering a new direction for Kestrel.
Remedy moving Kestrel back into the concept phase
After reaching the proof-of-concept phase of development, Remedy and Tencent took the necessary time to evaluate the project’s status and decided on the next steps, moving it back into the early concept phase.
"Part of the former Vanguard development team will move to work on Remedy’s other ongoing projects, while the core leadership and select members of the development team of Kestrel will focus on the project’s new direction from the concept stage onwards to create a premium game with a strong cooperative multiplayer component" read a statement from Remedy to shareholders this morning.
"The new experience will lean more into Remedy’s core strengths and be built on many of the features, assets and themes already designed for Vanguard." it concluded.
"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.
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