Remedy Cancels Project Kestrel, Will Focus on Existing Franchises

    The announcement comes a few months after the game restarted development.

    Remedy has announced that they have cancelled Project Kestrel, previously titled Project Vanguard. The announcement comes a few months after the game restarted development.  The company will now refocus on their existing franchises.

    Over the last few years, Remedy has had a major resurgence. This has come courtesy of both 2019’s Control and 2023’s Alan Wake 2. The latter is the latest entry in “Remedy Entertainment’s Connected Universe.” The franchise includes the first Alan Wake, Quantum Break, and Control. Recently, Remedy also acquired the full rights to the Control series, allowing them full creative and financial freedom on the series.

    Project Kestrel Cancelled by Remedy Entertainment

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    In a recent announcement, Remedy announced that they have cancelled Project Kestrel. The announcement comes just a week after the company confirmed that the game is currently in the concept stage. Kestrel restarted development in November 2023. Before then, Remedy named the in-development title Project Vanguard.

    Originally, it would’ve been a GAAS developed alongside Tencent. After restarting development, it would’ve been a premium co-op game that “will lean more into Remedy’s core strengths.” According to Remedy, the decision to cancel the game is due to the company’s desire to “focus more on the other games in its portfolio. Other ongoing game development projects will get experienced developers reassigned from Kestrel. In addition, the planned investment needs for Kestrel are removed and Remedy’s overall recruitment needs are reduced.”

    Remedy has had a history of making artistically ambitious games since their start in the early 2000s. This includes the Max Payne series, Alan Wake, Quantum BreakControl, and the recently released Alan Wake 2. For a retrospective on the entire series so far, check out our feature on the subject here.

    Lastly, Alan Wake 2 is available now on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Remedy will likely confirm more details on the game’s DLC and more in the coming weeks and months. They will also reveal more about the upcoming Max Payne 1 & 2 remakes, Control 2, and Codename Condor soon.

    Saras Rajpal
    Saras Rajpal
    Saras is a passionate creative writer, with a love for immersive sims, superhero games, and Persona. He is currently writing a thesis about Persona 5 and is pursuing a career as a full-time writer.

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