Remedy Entertainment began teasing a few months back that two of their games – Alan Wake and Control – might be set in the same universe, and that’s something that they concretely confirmed recently with the recent trailer for Control’s upcoming expansion, AWE, which will bring Alan Wake into the fold. Now, over on the developer’s blog, creative director and writer Sam Lake has gone into greater detail on that.
Lake explains the concept of the Remedy Connected Universe- which is a pretty self-explanatory name, honestly. Lake says that while each Remedy game is a standalone experience, they’re all also “doorways” into a larger, connected universe, before going on to confirm that the events portrayed in Alan Wake are one of many cases that the Federal Bureau of Control in, well, Control are keeping tabs on.
“The idea that the tales told in some of our games would be connected to each other, a connected world of stories and events with shared characters and lore,” Lake writes. “Each game is a stand-alone experience, but each game is also a doorway into a larger universe with exciting opportunities for crossover events.
“Slowly, patiently, behind the scenes, we’ve been planning and plotting to make this a reality. I’m absolutely thrilled to tell you that now, the time has come to take the first concrete step on this road, establishing Remedy Connected Universe. You have no idea how happy it makes me to be able to finally make this statement.
“What took place in 2010 in Alan Wake is one of the cases that the Federal Bureau of Control has been investigating. The AWE expansion is the first official Remedy Connected Universe crossover event, bringing more Alan Wake lore into Control.”
What’s more, Lake goes on to say that the upcoming Control expansion is just the first step in bringing the Remedy Connected Universe to life. The studio is also already at work on its next game, which will be set in this same universe, and will presumably tie in with both Control and Alan Wake.
“This is still just a humble beginning,” he says. “We’re already hard at work on a future Remedy game that also takes place in this same universe.”
What form that new game will take is anyone’s best guess. A recent job listing hinted at a Control sequel, but Remedy have also expressed interest in developing a direct sequel to Alan Wake. Then again, maybe they’re making something completely different.
Earlier this year, Remedy signed a publishing agreement with Epic Games for two unannounced next-gen games set in the same universe. You can read more on that through here.