For the past several years, developer Remedy Entertainment has been a solid Microsoft ally in the great Xbox vs. PlayStation console wars. Their last two major games, Alan Wake and Quantum Break, have been heavily-hyped Xbox console exclusives, but it seems their cozy arrangement with Microsoft is about to end.
Remedy had a good 2016 thanks to the release of Quantum Break, boasting a 19% growth in revenue over 2015. According to a blog post, the studio is now looking to build on that success with a new project…
“Remedy bases its long-term growth on the ability to create games and game brands that offer unique experiences with stunning visuals. Created exclusively for Microsoft, Quantum Break was the biggest entertainment production to come out of Finland at the time of its release.
Remedy is now working on a new game project codenamed P7. The company’s strategy is to release the game on a wider range of platforms, which is why Remedy is also developing its Northlight technology for PlayStation 4 consoles.”
There you have it. Microsoft loses another exclusive developer. I can't say I'm shocked -- following the high-profile departure of Bungie and the closing of Fable developer Lionhead Studios, the writing was kind of on the wall for the Microsoft-Remedy relationship.
For whatever reason the current Xbox brain trust doesn’t see the value in exclusive games, or just can’t seem to figure out how to get along with their developers. Whatever’s going on, it’s not good news for Xbox One owners looking for original titles.
So, what is Remedy working on next? They’ve specifically said their next game won’t be Alan Wake, and Microsoft co-owns Quantum Break, so that’s not happening. I guess it will be have to be something new! Personally, I’m hoping for a return to the horror genre, because Alan Wake has always been a favorite.