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Remedy’s multiplayer game ‘Vanguard’ being rebooted as a ‘premium’ title

Remedy recently updated investors on its roadmap of upcoming games, confirming that the Max Payne remakes are ready to enter production, while other titles like Control 2 are still in pre-production. The studio has now given a further update on Project Vanguard, its upcoming multiplayer game. While initially envisioned as a free-to-play title, it has since been rebooted into a ‘premium' game. 

Remedy's upcoming multiplayer game, codenamed ‘Vanguard', will no longer launch as a free-to-play title. According to Remedy CEO, Tero Virtala, the game has evolved into a ‘premium' title, meaning it will have a price tag, rather than being free to download.

In an investors note, Virtala said: “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 competencies is the right way to go.”

Of course, being a premium multiplayer title does not mean that there won't be microtransactions, so we'll have to wait and see what the overall monetisation strategy is. With this change in direction, Vanguard will go back to the concept phase and will be given a new codename. The game is now being developed under the codename “Kestrel” and will be built on many of the features, assets and themes already designed for Vanguard.

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KitGuru Says: It sounds like we're still quite a ways off from seeing Remedy's multiplayer game in action. With that said, the reboot will retain a lot of what was already built, so the concept phase may not last very long. 

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