Finnish studio Remedy Entertainment, which recently released the horror adventure Alan Wake II, announced about an unexpected change of course in the development of a cooperative shareware shooter codenamed Vanguard.
We would like to remind you that Vanguard has been manufactured in collaboration with the Chinese company Tencent since at least 2018. At the end of October, Remedy announced that the project would leave the proof-of-concept phase by the end of 2023.
Vanguard is now called Kestrel (also a codename) and is positioned as a premium game with an emphasis on cooperative multiplayer. Development has restarted – the game returns to the proof of concept phase.
Remedy emphasizes that the new version of the game will rely more heavily on the studio’s strengths. Many of the features, content, and themes developed for Vanguard will make their way into Kestrel.
With the arrival of Kestrel, part of the Vanguard team will be deployed to other Remedy projects, while the remaining project leaders and select other employees will focus on the new vision.
Remedy made such a drastic change to the Vanguard concept because there were potential risks and doubts that the studio would be able to create a successful game from it “The rapidly changing shareware market”.
According to Remedy CEO Tero Virtala, the new vision will benefit Vanguard: “With Tencent’s continued support, we are creating another special Remedy game and a great co-op experience.”.