Remedy has canceled the codenamed Kestrel, its cooperative multiplayer game

Remedy Entertainment, the studio behind last year’s Alan Wake 2 and 2019’s Control , has canceled its “premium cooperative multiplayer game,” codenamed Kestrel. The game, co-financed and co-published by Tencent, is in the early concept stage, with only a small team working on it, according to Remedy.

The studio says it has canceled Codename Kestrel to focus on other games it is developing in its portfolio, adding that due to the cancellation, its other projects “will redeploy experienced developers from Kestrel.”

In addition, Remedy says the planned investment and need to hire additional employees for Kestrel is eliminated with the cancellation.

“Codename Kestrel has shown early promise, but the project is still in its early concept phase,” writes Remedy CEO Tero Vertala. Press release. “Our other projects are well advanced and moving into the next stages of development, and the increased focus on them will provide us with benefits. We can reallocate talented Kestrel developers to these other game projects, and many of our support functions will receive additional focus on them. Operations This is another way to ensure our game projects continue to thrive.” .

“I want to thank our Kestrel development team. Although we decided to shelve the project for wider solution benefits, our team did a great job and provided us with valuable learning. I want to thank Tencent for their partnership. They were very professional and supportive.”

Codenamed Kestrel, the project was launched in November 2023 as a reboot from an earlier solution project called Vanguard.

The cancellation comes just weeks after Remedy’s latest update on its games in development, where the studio said the codename Kestrel remains in the concept stage. Remedy revealed that the Control 2 team is focused on finalizing the proof-of-concept phase and that the Max Payne 1 and 2 remake is expected to enter full production in Q2 of this year. You can read that update here.

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