Remedy Entertainment is a Finnish developer whose history of games speaks for itself. From crafting the critically acclaimed first two Max Payne games, to Death Rally, and of course their latest series, Alan Wake. In a new interview with GamesIndustry International, their head of franchise development, Oskari Häkkinen, provided some interesting insight into the next generation of consoles.
“Currently, we are working with a relatively small team on a next-gen project,” he said. “One question you always ask yourself in this phase is: can the upcoming consoles really be so much better compared to the current gen? I can rest assure you, they are. It’s a quantum leap.”
Häkkinen says that Remedy is currently developing an unannounced next gen title with just 20 people. What could this title be? Well my bet is on Alan Wake 2, but I could be wrong. It seems they’re planning to ramp up production, though, as they’re currently planning to move into a much larger office in Espoo, Finland in order to allow for new job openings.
Remedy’s focus isn’t just on next gen consoles, though, they are also very interested in expanding to mobile platforms like Android and iOS. Their first attempt at this was a remake of Death Rally on iOS which was very successful for them, eventually hitting 10 million downloads.
“Death Rally was a title, which was kind of a testdrive for us how games on iOS are working. From a business perspective, it is pretty obvious that we should do a sequel, keeping the unexpected success of the title in mind,” he said. “But we are a creative company. We want to create new topics and franchises. So we are still in discussion, what we will do next [on iOS and Android].”
Things are looking pretty good for Remedy at the moment, and hopefully they will pull back the curtain on their next gen project at next year’s E3.
Source: GamesIndustry International