Remedy, the studio responsible for Alan Wake (and soon Alan Wake 2), announced a partnership with Tencent for its upcoming free-to-play shooter Vanguard. The deal covers “global development, license, and distribution” of the new title. Little is known about Vanguard currently, but Remedy says it’s a co-op PvE shooter that makes the most of Remedy’s “narrative expertise and gameplay” to create an “immersive multiplayer experience.”
“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, CEO of Remedy. “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.”
Development will be co-funded by Remedy and Tencent, with Tencent covering the costs of localizing Vanguard for Asian markets. Additionally, Tencent has sold the global rights to a mobile version of Vanguard to Tencent, which will cover the expenses of developing and publishing the mobile edition.
No release date for Vanguard was announced, but because it’s in the proof-of-concept phase, it’s likely still quite some time off.
(All information was provided by GameSpot)