Control 2 Is Finally Happening

Remedy and 505 Games have announced that Control 2 is finally being made.

By Jason Collins | Published

Remedy Entertainment has finally confirmed that it’s working on a sequel to one of its best-sellers, the stylish sci-fi action game Control. The maker of the Alan Wake gaming franchise released the original Control in 2019 for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series X/S (Xbox SX/S), PC, and Nintendo Switch, and won several gaming awards for the game’s art and design. The game has sold more than 3 million copies since its release garnering a bigger, more budgeted Control 2 sequel that was just announced.

According to Destructoid, Remedy won’t work on the sequel alone. Instead, the company will band with publisher 505 Games to create the next installment. The studio spokesperson also expressed gratitude to gamers and fans who helped their new game (which is oddly reminiscent of Alan Wake) become a massive success. Control 2 is currently in the conceptualization stage, which doesn’t mean it will emerge as a Control sequel — Assassin’s Creed started out as a concept for the Prince of Persia sequel — but the studio is adamant about making a big-budget AAA game.

This is backed up by the fact that Remedy invested some $51 million (€50 million) into initial co-development and co-publishing agreement with 505 5ames, with Remedy helming the PC release and 505 helming the console games. As stated by the company, the game will be built using the studio’s in-house gaming engine called Northlight, which fueled the original game as well. It’s also worth noting that, as per their own statement, Control 2 is the largest investment 505 Games ever made, so it would really pay out if they came out with a gaming title to show for their investment.

The details regarding the announced game’s narrative are practically non-existent at this point, which isn’t all that surprising considering its current development stage. This also means that we probably won’t see the game any time soon. The year 2024 seems like the most likely release window if we consider several massive bites Remedy has on its plate at the moment. Besides the announced Control 2, this also includes two more Control projects, one of which is a co-op spin-off from the original game.

Other games Control 2 developer is currently working on are Alan Wake 2, a sequel to the 2010 mystery/survival-horror, and remakes of two Max Payne games for Rockstar — whose parent company recently disclosed the massive success of the Grand Theft Auto franchise. With that said, the release date for all of the aforementioned titles seems to be way off, and it’s likely that none of them will launch by the year’s end or in the first trimester of 2023.

Control 2‘s predecessor was a massively successful and sensational action-adventure game that garnered praise for its unique settings and narrative that resemble a descent into something between a vivid fever dream and alternate history. However, it was somewhat criticized for its thinly developed characters and abrupt ending, but overall, it fared better than most modern gaming releases by offering a unique gaming experience. We can only hope that Control 2 if it doesn’t metamorphose into something else, offers the same level of fun and enjoyment as its predecessor.