Remedy Entertainment is teaming up with Chinese gaming giant Tencent to start a new free-to-play, games-as-a-service IP titled Vanguard.
Vanguard will be a free-to-play coop shooter, announcing the upcoming partnership between Control creator Remedy Entertainment and Tencent, which is also a part-owner of the studio. The game will come out for PC, consoles, and likely mobile too.
Remedy to handle global distribution, Tencent to handle Asia
The reveal of Vanguard comes via an investor announcement, with a plan to focus on a global distribution for several markets. Much of the IP will be released in “selected Asian markets”. They will likely focus on Southeast Asia where mobile and free-to-play titles excel.
Tencent will be handling the Asian markets, a general region that they have a strong control with titles like Pokemon Unite and other FPS titles through their subsidiary, TiMi Group. Furthermore, Remedy will be handling global development and distribution in other regions.
Both entities also agreed on a separate revenue-sharing scheme for the eventual mobile version of the title. Furthermore, the likelihood of the game becoming another eSport is also a likely direction that they will push forward to.
Remedy ready for their first GaaS title
Remedy Entertainment has big plans that will come for their new IP, Vanguard. We don’t know much about the game yet. Then again, it will be using the Unreal Engine for the PC and console version.
“Vanguard marks Remedy’s first entry into Games-as-a-Service business model, executed by our top tier team of free-to-play experts,” said Tero Virtala, the studio’s CEO. “We are building something new and exciting for co-operative multiplayer space, on top of Remedy’s strengths.
“Expanding our capabilities to take on publishing responsibilities is the next step in the development of our company. We are excited for this long-term partnership with Tencent and with confidence can say that it is an excellent fit in supporting Vanguard’s ambitious plans.
“Vanguard is a global opportunity, and Tencent can support Remedy internationally, and lead the operations in Asia and the mobile markets.”
There isn’t a lot of other details available for the game. What we only know is that the title will be a PvE shooter game. It “combines Remedy’s narrative expertise and action gameplay into an immersive multiplayer experience.”
Remedy Entertainment also has another partnership on the way with 505 Games. It will include a new multiplayer game that will be part of the Control universe. There’s also an Alan Wake 2 trailer that they released earlier this year from The Game Awards, which makes them ultra-busy at the moment.
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