Remedy: Industry going through "tremendous change"

CEO Matias Myllyrinne says "the bets are getting bigger and bigger" and "life's too short" to not take risks.

Remedy CEO Matias Myllyrinne believes the industry is going through "tremendous change" and says his studio is doing all it can to break new ground with its latest project, Quantum Break.

Speaking with GamesIndustry International, Myllyrinne said the success of Remedy's iOS game Death Rally and continuing sales of Alan Wake have given the company financial stability.

However, he said it remains important for Remedy to take risks, something he believes the company is doing with Quantum Break--an Xbox One-exclusive paired with a live-action TV show.

"You need to take risks, we need to take risks. Both creatively and to do things differently to what we've done before," Myllyrinne said. "Doing things the way you've done them in the past… you'll stagnate and die."

"And with Quantum Break, there's a ton of new challenges that we're getting our heads around. We're out of pre-production and it feels like we're in a good spot," he added.

Overall, Myllyrinne said the industry is moving through a state of colossal change, and though the risks are getting larger and larger, he argued, life is too short not to try new things.

"The industry is going through tremendous change," he said. "The bets are getting bigger and bigger. We need to be responsible about the choices we make. For us, it's better to set out and do something very ambitious and hard rather than not. Life's too short."

Myllyrinne also discussed the TV show component of Quantum Break. He confirmed that the pilot episode--filmed in Los Angeles--has been shot, but would not give any details regarding the talent behind the program.

Quantum Break will launch exclusively for the Xbox One in 2014. The game, according to its official announcement, "blurs the line between television and gameplay, integrating the two into one seamless, uniquely immersive experience."

For more, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Quantum Break.

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NTM23
NTM23

That's fine, I just hope to see another Alan Wake at some point.

dsb333
dsb333

Speaking of taking risks, why is this game not multiplatform? You may well have lost my purchase.

ominous_prime
ominous_prime

This is going to be a title that either starts a new trend with this game or be an utter failure. I'm going to bet on the success of this game, and I hope that the quality of the accompanying TV show only gets better if other companies try to emulate Remedy's Quantum Break. I'm looking forward to seeing more gameplay though.

orangesonic
orangesonic

i think its a company to keep an eye on, unlike others who keeps pushing the same s*** on us (gamers) every year

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

Death Rally on PC was awesome , also Alan Wake . Max Payne 1 and 2 are still one of best games , 3 was good but no where near as epic as 2nd was . Remedy = Awesome .

tightwad34
tightwad34

If I were in a position to do so, I would totally go for gold. No way would I play it safe and make a generic game that would more than likely sell. I have always wondered how someone can come out with a game that's universally seen as terrible, yet they somehow thought it would be good. What I like to hear is when devs say they make games they would want to play, like Bethesda and Rockstar to name a couple.

GermanBomber
GermanBomber

I think this is the first game that somehow makes me want to buy the Xbox One, but I just can't do it. Not until this mandatory Kinect BS is gone...anyway, it's not that I know A LOT about this game, but the whole "Hey, it's a TV show! Hey, it's a game!" part sounds pretty cool to me. This could go horribly wrong, but it's interesting... and it definitely makes sense to be Xbox exclusive, because of all the TV stuff... TV is like Microsoft's bread and butter nowadays.

Diegoctba
Diegoctba

I really enjoyed Alan Wake, but have my doubts about Quantum Break, because of this integration with a tv show, i don't know about that. Or maybe i'm jealous because i'm not gonna buy a Xbox One soon, what do you think my little friends?

Bond_Villain
Bond_Villain

Awesome, I cant wait.

(these are the guys who did Alan Wake right?)

I'm on board guys.

spectreSE7EN
spectreSE7EN

This game is a story driven game that looks to be centered around a strong single player experience. So why are people using defiance as an example to predict this games downfall? Defiance is an mmorpg with loose ties to the actual show. The only similarities between defiance and QB is that there is a show associated. The genre, style, developer all are total different with a completely different focus.

xblackdivine
xblackdivine

they are "MASTER MINDS" of game industry.
i like them so much.
when they make a game,that would be strong in "story and gameplay";all a true gamer want from a game.
^__^

digits52
digits52

I think Remedy is taking a huge risk with making Quantum Break an XBone exclusive..

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

After Alan Wake and Max Payne 3 Remedy is  company I can almost say for sure will make QB a great game.

So far all we have seen is CGI but I bet the gameplay will be great.

Kane04
Kane04

This game feels like an old CGI cutscene, and no, that's not a compliment. 

ceromaster
ceromaster

This is the company behind Max Payne and Alan Wake so they have my support and confidence. 

I don't think they're trying to push television into gaming, I think they're trying to make a good action game with cinematic experiences, which isn't a bad thing, Naughty Dog managed to do it with The Last of Us. So I believe that Remedy is up to the challenge and can pull this off.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

I wish that MS wouldn't focus on TV so much. I know its a vast array of free entertainment that requires little effort on their part. But still... very few examples of game/tv/movie hybrids have ever worked. I hope they know what they're getting into.

blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

Hmm, Microsoft is really obsessed with bringing their games to TV shows, hopefully this works out better than Defiance (I know that wasn't Microsoft but they pushed it so much and it pretty much failed to deliver).  Still, I'll likely give this show a try, the trailer for the game was interesting enough so the show should be as well.

harrymcdowell81
harrymcdowell81

i am glad the industry is changing. developers will have to put more time and polish into these games and also invest in ones with the best ideas. they will be taking big gambles by putting out shovelware they expect us to gobble up.

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

I thought I understood this game... But now hearing that they've only shot the pilot I'm confused to whether all the footage will be integrated into the game for your OWN TV show... Or all the footage will be integrated for a TV that everyone who plays the game will enjoy... Confused but CAN NOT WAIT!

telaros
telaros

It's a real shame this isn't cross-platform. I feel kinda had for them as I really doubt they'll recoup much of the losses they're likely to incur for being an exclusive XO title.

Good luck to them though, I really have no clue what the game is like outside of a trailer so I'll just leave it at that.

northArrow
northArrow

@GermanBomber I agree, this game looks interesting and thus far the only Xbox One exclusive that has me curious. It's still not worth buying an Xbox for and dealing with all the hassles, gimmicks and limitations the console has.

Hopefully this comes out on PC like nearly every other Xbox "exclusive" does

telaros
telaros

@Diegoctba I don't see having a TV series along with it as a bad thing. But if the TV series is going to be spoilers for the game or mandatory to get some bonus in your game, then that I would be bothered by.

But much like I've posted before and as orangesonic said, there just isn't anything relevant to judge the game on yet. But don't feel discouraged over a TV show tie-in. I rather like a good drama, and frankly i've been sick to death with TV for some time. Maybe this will spark some interest for me I hope.

Waiting for the day I can just pay for the channels I want and stream the channel on my PC in a tab on the side as I browse and play games. A couple news channels, a few favorite TV show channels, and that's it. Pay-per-view over the internet? Hell yeah.

orangesonic
orangesonic

@Diegoctba don`t know what to think until i see more details of the game... just on trailer is not enough to judge

northArrow
northArrow

@spectreSE7EN Defiance is used because it's the only reference we have as to something similar and Remedy hasn't done a very good job clarifying what it is that's actually going on.

I had to read in the comments section yesterday that the "live action (TV)"  portion is actually part of the game and not actually a television show on one of the networks.

Interesting but very unclear at this point

kitty
kitty moderator

@digits52 Why is it taking a risk? Half of this site fusses that the xbox/xbone don't have any exclusives. And you say it's a risk when it gets one?  

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@digits52 Same here but like with Alan Wake I think it will come to PC at least, probably 6-8 months later with DLC included.


Like I said below Alan Wake for PC broke even after 24 hours and was all profit after that and it was only $39.99 so I bet that left an impression on the Remedy team

xblackdivine
xblackdivine

@mkeezay22 REMEDY did not make MP3.
and you can see it`s difference form pas "MAX PAYNE"s.
it is not great as them.
^__^

conway4590
conway4590

@mkeezay22 Remedy didn make max payne 3 i think rockstar did it.

. but its still a great game. 

robertcain
robertcain

@bunchanumbers Good point, Defiance didn't succeed too well so what makes them think Quantum Break will do any better? Oh because players can shape how the TV series plays out. How are they going to do that? Oh that's right, by using the always on Kinect to collect data while playing the Quantum Break game. 

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@telaros Same here, I won't be buying an X1 and I am mostly a PC gamer with some PS3 tossed in. I sold my xbox 360 because it became a dust collector over the last year.

I'm hoping for a PC,PS3 or PS4 release, fingers crossed.

grognard
grognard

@telaros Losses?  Speculate much?  Considering MS first party exclusives do better than Sony first party exclusives (and third parties for that matter) I don't think Remedy is too worried.

Wishful thinking on the part of fanboys, but there is little reason to think MS won't win North America and the UK again next generation.  The obnoxious kids posting here don't constitute the masses that actually buy these consoles and games.

55584623
55584623

@telaros same here.

i really hope for a later PC version, just like how happened with alan wake.


shadowyreaper
shadowyreaper

@robertcain@bunchanumbers so mis-informed you are, i posted yesterday how this was differing from defiance, the entire 1st season of the show will ship with the game, your descisions during gameplay determine which episodes are unlocked for viewing next,subsequently in the unlocked show you will get insights into the characters and motivations of the world around you and some hints as to where to go next in the gameplay, and lastly you can play as any of the characters including the villain, as i have heard it reported, i even posted a link to sam lakes interview during e3 about Quantum Break but since it was missed here it is again

http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/06/18/e3-2013-quantum-break-gives-you-control-of-games-and-tv  

oh and absolutely 0 mention of your conspiracy theory data collection hive minded journalism and watch dog behavior you mentioned. 


telaros
telaros

@mkeezay22 @telaros Only reason I haven't sold mines was due to not finishing Lost Odyssey and Tales of Vesperia. Pretty much that and the awesome Deathsmiles faceplate on my elite.

Stop caring after 360 kept releasing nothing but shooters and crossplatform games on to it once Sony began picking up steam some three to four years into its life-cycle.

My PS3 is still collecting dust though. That'll change on the 6's next month though, as Tales of Xilia is finally releasing. So till then I have Dust and La-Mulana (hard but addicting game), and all the other Steam games I've bought.


Dang. I don't think I'll be getting a next gen console for at least a year after it comes out. If ever. Might just wait for a price drop and get a used one at my local used games store. Mom&Pop stores are the best <3

telaros
telaros

@grognard @telaros Fanboys? What are you even talking about!

These days a game, yeah the GAME ITSELF, needs to sell 5 MILLION copies *just* to begin turning a profit. Big budget game with BIG budget TV series tie-in?

You're bonkers if you think a third party game like this is going to compete against the likes of BF4/CoD:G and KI:3 and Watch Dogs.

Have you even taken a look and seen why so many developers aren't doing exclusives anymore? Only reason you even here of exclusives is SOLELY because a company invested millions in a game just to boost their system's appeal to the consumer.

If things were as rosy as you claim them to be, because you seem to imply a console's success means everyone wins, then why do we have so many publishers damning the 'failures' of games that only sold 3.4 million copies as not turning a profit? (aside from the idiocy of them over investing in a product)

Look, don't care who you root for. Next Gen is going to cost devs outside of the rehashers and GTA5 people a ton of money. It'll be up to Microsoft to CONVINCE CONSUMERS that paying $500 bucks AND another $60 for a game; which honestly, most people buy 1 or 2 at most on launch days.

There is a reason all the big companies were wishing, and some even dared ask, for MS and Sony to make one big gaming system together. They only want one to succeed. That way more people buy the one and less costs go into releasing games to try and reach a wide enough audience.

PC gaming has grown a LOT more over the years. And the products can be sold across regions. Steam has some 50 million unique players. Is it a wonder why the Dev is able to have such stability?

Game is coming to PC. It doesn't make sense these days to be a high risk Triple A level production game to not have access to the pools of gamers PC offers that actually appreciate games like Alan Wake and other niche titles. 

New IP's just stand a hell of a lot better chance at getting out there on PC vs being a new IP on a new console priced just $200 shy of getting a PC that could play the new gen games.


TL;DR Stop being such a tool. I was talking about the game itself and not the console's chance at success.


P.S. Crytek is working on bringing it's next gen engine to Linux. Most Next gen games will be using Crytek's engine. Why is this important? People can now build PC's without having to shell out a penny, let alone a hundred bucks, for an OS.

That means you get another hundred bucks for better graphics cards! <3

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It's good to be a PC gamer these days. Enjoy your exclusives. Because at the end of the day? It all comes down to where the monies at! <3

Whelp. Back to buying 40-60 dollar games on Steam for 75% off. Ciao! Man I can't wait till Christmas sale to get SR4 and whatever else hits this holiday for 50-75% off xD

SCREW YOU NEXT GEN! I CAN'T EVEN HOLD ALL THESE GAMES! >XD

Stogin
Stogin

@grognard @telaros Derpa derp, do some research dumbass, Alan Wake, you know, the other game they made for 360, didn't come close to recouping their losses, why you think they released it on PC??

grognard
grognard

@telaros Funny that you use Crytek as an example when they have a One exclusive (Ryse) showing that they don't believe your line of reasoning either.

grognard
grognard

@telaros Games have always been on PC, I've been a hardcore pc gamer longer than a console gamer and have 150+ Steam games in my library. 

Having said that, there's a very large segment of the consumer market that have never hooked up their PC's to their TV and only play in the living room.  Reducing the number of boxes in the living room by having one box easily coordinating games/movies/tv/music is the realization of what both technology companies and consumers have been asking for going on decades now and MS is the first to come close to achieving this.

Stubborn, immature kids see the world in Black and White and can't conceive of the notion that a device can do more than one thing well (despite most of you having smart phones).  There is no reason to believe that One will not be tremendously successful.

Finally, the numbers back me up - PC sales have been plummeting for the past 5 years and continue to do so as many of their functions are now covered by iPads, gaming consoles, etc. and that suits the needs of many casual consumers.

Stogin
Stogin

@shadowyreaper @grognard @telaros Also Grognard, if you had done any research, you would know that MS has funded their games, so your comment shows that you really have no idea what you're talking about, just another MS fanboy who's unable to look at the facts.  

Stogin
Stogin

@shadowyreaper @Stogin @grognard @telaros Do you realize how stupid you sound?  If it had released on any other day it would've done better? How many movies can say that as well, what the hell does it matter, all that matters is it did poorly on the 360 and was why there was never a full blown sequel.  I loved the game, but let's not make assumptions, you all have no idea how much the game cost, but they said it sold much less than they would've liked on the 360.

shadowyreaper
shadowyreaper

@Stogin @grognard @telaros actually stogin if you had done your research you would know that remedy has lamented their original launch window for alan wake. the problem with their launch date and the poor initial sales for alan wake was pinpointedly due to the fact it launched against Rockstars RED DEAD REDEMPTION. It simply couldnt compete with a behemoth, had it released any other time, it initially would have done better.


Dbizzles
Dbizzles

right the game wasnt immediatley a success but over time the 360 version sold over 3 mil i believe and ended up being successful.

grognard
grognard

@Stogin @grognard @telaros And yet they went back exclusive with MS?  Alan Wake was the exception, not the rule, and was hurt by releasing the same day as Red Dead.  The game actually was profitable on 360 alone, but it took longer than they would have liked to become so.

mkeezay22
mkeezay22

@Stogin @grognard @telaros and on PC Alan Wake turned a profit after 24 hours with a $39.99 price tag so remedy has plenty of reason to bring it to other platforms.

As for X1 dominating the next gen console war you must be on crack.