Tencent and Remedy Entertainment have announced the formation of a new partnership that will see the two AAA game studios creating an exclusive co-op PvE shooter for PC called Vanguard. Tencent, who recently acquired Riot Games’ League of Legends in China, is looking to expand its portfolio with first-person multiplayer shooters like this one. The game’s story takes place many years after humans were nearly wiped out by a viral outbreak on Earth; players must join forces against overwhelming odds and find their way home.
Remedy Entertainment isn’t very well-known in our gaming community, since the firm is more recognized for single-player games like Control and the Alan Wake series (though it also is going to kick out a multiplayer shooter called CrossfireX in February 2022 on Xbox). But we’re not here to speak about CrossfireX; instead, we’re here to talk about another game in the works at the studio: its first live-service title.
The game is presently called Vanguard, and it will be “a free-to-play, cooperative PvE shooter that mixes Remedy’s narrative skills with action gameplay into an engaging multiplayer experience,” according to an investor release. Naturally, if the codename ends up being the official title name, this will be nothing like Brad McQuaid’s MMO Vanguard.
The statement mentions a global development, licensing, and distribution partnership with Tencent, with Remedy managing worldwide distribution on PC and console, with Tencent handling localization and publication in certain Asian regions. The rights to publish and create a mobile version of the game have also been granted to Tencent.
Vanguard is now in the proof-of-concept stage of production, according to the release, and the game’s current website is looking for developers who are experienced with the Unreal Engine and games-as-a-service. All of this means that we won’t be hearing anything about this new shooter for a time, although fans of Remedy’s previous work may have cause to be enthusiastic.