Remedy has just confirmed that Codename Heron, which was described as a “bigger budget Control game”, is actually Control 2. The developer signed a co-development and co-publishing agreement with 505 Games and shared the news with some concept art to tease the next game.
“With Control, we leaped into the unknown. We wanted to create something new. Something different and unexpected. A world like no other. Thank you, the audience, for making Control such a success for us.” Says Mikael Kasurinen, the game director of the Control franchise.
“With Control 2, we’ll take another leap into the unknown. It’ll be an unexpected journey. It’ll take a while, but to put it mildly, this is the most exciting project I’ve ever worked on. It’s still early days, but it will be worth the wait.”
This deal would have the developer share the load with 505 Games, it would split costs between development, marketing and the net revenue, equally for both developers. Remedy will be handling publishing on PC, while 505 Games will handle the console launch of Control 2.
“Control is the biggest investment 505 Games has ever made, so it has a special place in our hearts.” says Rami and Raffi Galante, co-CEOs of 505 Games.
“We are grateful to the whole player community that has made Control such a long-lasting and loved game, and are even more excited to bring out Control 2,”
Control 2 will have a €50 million budget (just over $51 million) to work with, which is around $20 million more than the development budget of the original Control, which had about less than $30 million to work with. We also know that the game will be built on Remedy’s Northlight engine, the same technology that powered the original Control as well as the upcoming remakes for Max Payne & Max Payne 2.
Other than Control 2, Remedy is also working on an Alan Wake 2 game as well as a co-op Control spin-off known as Codename Condor, though that’s also still in its prototype stages.