Control Was Developed With A Modest $30 Million Budget | Despite near-universal praise from critics, Remedy Entertainment's Control didn't quite top the charts when it was released back in August of this yea

Control Was Developed With A Modest $30 Million Budget

Control Was Developed With A Modest $30 Million Budget

Control Was Developed With A Modest $30 Million Budget

Control Was Developed With A Modest $30 Million Budget

Control Was Developed With A Modest $30 Million Budget

Control Was Developed With A Modest $30 Million Budget
Control Was Developed With A Modest $30 Million Budget
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Despite near-universal praise from critics, Remedy Entertainment's Control didn't quite top the charts when it was released back in August of this year. Remedy CEO Tero Virtala isn't particularly worried, however, as he says Remedy is pleased with how the game is selling.

In an interview with gamesindustry.biz, Virtala revealed that the sci-fi shooter was developed over the course of three years with a modest budget of just under $30 million. "We don't quite require the same huge lifetime numbers as many other games with bigger development budgets," Virtala explained. "Therefore, even though Control didn't have chart-topping sales right from the get-go, we are in a good position with steady sales. We always take the long view here."

Virtala pointed to the longevity of digital distribution as one of the reasons launch sales aren't as important as they used to be. "Nowadays, the majority of sales for many games are generated over a long period of time in digital stores--and Control continues to sell, which is good," he continued. "We are bringing more free and paid content to the game. It has the proven high-quality and uniqueness, and the word-of-mouth that keeps growing. There is still a big audience out there that hasn't yet heard of Control. These are all factors that support the longer-term sales."

Virtala expressed his satisfaction with Control's success, especially considering it's a new IP that was mostly self-funded. The game's director, Mikael Kasurinen, echoed this sentiment, adding that Remedy is "extremely proud of Control, not just from the perspective of quality and creativity, but also in how we changed the culture of production and development. We haven't done a game as fast since Max Payne 2.

"What makes it even more impressive is that Control involves a lot of new technology, a new approach to the world structure, and is also not a sequel--a rarity nowadays."

With two story add-ons due in 2020, Remedy isn't done with Control just yet either.

Vanquish And Bayonetta 4K 60fps Remasters Are Coming To Xbox One

Vanquish And Bayonetta 4K 60fps Remasters Are Coming To Xbox One

Earlier today, a listing on the Microsoft Store let slip that Vanquish is coming to Xbox One. Now, further listings have revealed that both Vanquish and Bayonetta are coming to the console with enhanced 4K visuals at 60fps on Xbox One X. The frenetic PlatinumGames action titles will be available separately or as part of a celebratory 10th-anniversary bundle on February 18, 2020.

Details are sparse, and no prices are currently showing on the store, but the listing does note that both games are remastered for the first time on Xbox One. Bayonetta and Vanquish were, of course, originally released on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 at the beginning of the decade, and have been available to play via Xbox One's backwards compatibility for a while now. Neither game is enhanced for Xbox One X, though, so these new releases fill in that gap by bumping the resolution up to 4K at 60fps with some other visual upgrades.

In all likelihood, the two action titles have been ported from their belated 2017 PC releases, which both support the same visual enhancements. The screenshots included on the Microsoft store page are even identical to those put out prior to the PC version's launch.

With both games seemingly on their way to Xbox One, it wouldn't be too farfetched to suggest PlayStation 4 versions are on the horizon, too.

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