Vanguard had been announced in December 2021 along with the news that Chinese publisher Tencent would be hired to localize and distribute the game in China. It had originally been announced as “a free-to-play, cooperative PvE shooter that combines Remedy’s narrative experience and action gameplay into an immersive multiplayer experience.”
However, this latest announcement said that idea was no longer working. “Due to the uncertainties in creating a successful game for the rapidly changing free-to-play market and the associated risks, the parties have discussed a new direction for the game project, which will receive the new codename, ‘Kestrel.’ “, reads the advertisement. read.
Remedy’s move to premium could be the indicator that heralds the end, or at least the slowdown, of the free-to-play trend that has big publishers in trouble right now. It was already a bit strange that a developer known for its extremely sharp and atmospheric narrative games like Alan Wake, Max Payneand Control First of all, it was getting into the free-to-play business.