To tease the world about what to expect in Control‘s second DLC called ‘AWE’, Remedy hosted a stream today in which the first fifteen minutes of the DLC were demonstrated. The stream was hosted by Vida Starcevic (Community Manager) and featured Mikael Kasurinen (Game Director) and Sam Lake (Creative Director).
Its setting was a bit different than usual, in which each person is located in different rooms within the studio to comply with Social Distancing. However, that didn’t stop the three from delivering an AWE-some (pun intended!) presentation with cool commentary and announcements. Here’s the VOD:
We’ve already learned the AWE expansion will draw Jesse to the ‘Investigations Sector’, a place deep within The Oldest House used to research Altered World Events. All occurrences at Bright Falls have been classified as an AWE. With Control and Alan Wake sharing the same universe, we’re bound to find out more about the fate of our MIA writer! Luckily we do. While the stream is very light on Spoilers. We find out Alan is writing again and thus altering reality. At this point, we’re still left in the dark (another intended pun, hehe!) not exactly sure what Alan is trying to accomplish, but he’s definitely on to something. The Dark Presence has found its way in The Oldest House. So Jesse has to pick up lights in order to defeat it!
In an update coming August 27, available for free to all owners of Control, a new ‘Assist Mode’ is being added to the game. The mode allows the player to adjust the rules of the game to their needs. The amount of damage Jesse will take from being hit, how fast the Service Weapon will replenish, and even whether or not Jesse is able to die. It was important to the development team of Control to add these features to make sure players could trailer the experience to their needs. This will make the game more accessible to less skilled players.
Another addition included in the update is an ability for the player to launch various objects simultaneously. As soon as Jesse lifts an object, there’s room for the player to add two more objects. Kasurinen stressed that it was important for the team to make sure the ability remained fun to use and thus a lot of effort was put in to make sure it ‘felt’ great and objects had some ‘weight’ to them. As reported earlier, the August update will also allow you to replay bosses and the Ashtray Maze.
AMA with Kasurinen
If any of this has raised questions or if you have questions about Control in general, you’ll be delighted to learn that Remedy will be hosting an AMA with Mikael Kasurinen on the Steam community pages of Control. Kasurinen promised to answer all the questions fired at him, but he also underlined the fact that he might be required to remain cryptic in answering some of them.
The Art and Making of Control
Remedy removed the curtain on yet another project they’ve been working on in secret. In partnership with Future Press, Remedy announced ‘The Art and Making of Control’, a beautifully crafted, 384-page art book. Read more about the artbook here.