Control Details Two Big Expansions Will Connect To Alan Wake
The post-launch support for Remedy’s Control is starting to come thick and fast, with the developer dropping patch 1.03 just yesterday in order to improve performance across both the base PlayStation 4 and the Pro. Next up is the paid content that will bolster what there is to see and do within the Oldest House – two expansions that’ll launch next year and a new game mode which launches in December.
Control was a smash hit upon release, with critics praising nearly every element of the game as a success. Most notably, Control’s praise has centered around what’s been described as an excellent narrative in a compelling new world, as well as psychic combat that evolves as protagonist Jesse develops out her powers and remains fresh and exciting throughout the story. With a slew of modification possibilities and some of the best graphics seen in a modern-gen game, Control has proven to have staying power, with fans clamoring for more of Jesse’s story and the Oldest House as soon as Control’s ending set up a potential sequel.
First up, however, is Photo Mode. Given a vague date of “Fall 2019”, we expect it to arrive within the months of October and November, before the Expeditions mode rounds out the year in December. It’s described as an end-game addition where “Jesse must help Security Chief Arish explore the mysterious Formation and its strange surroundings.” It is said to be the toughest challenge the game can throw at you, but it won’t cost you a penny in real-world money.
Now, let’s get to the meat and potatoes. The game’s first expansion, titled The Foundation, takes Jesse underneath the Bureau to uncover what lies beneath. As the game’s official blog post puts it, “expect things to get weird.”
Before all that, Expeditions mode launches in December to offer “challenging new end-game content” for free to all players. And, even sooner, Control’s photo mode will become accessible.
After that comes the new game mode that’s currently being called “Expeditions.” It’s planned to be end-game content released as a free new feature full of the “greatest challenges.”
“This will be a challenging new end-game mode in which Jesse must help Security Chief Arish explore the mysterious Formation and its strange surroundings,” the roadmap explained. “Here you will face the some the greatest challenges that the Oldest House can throw at you. You will need the best gear and abilities to survive. Expeditions is free for all players.”
The top half of AWE’s lettering is comprised of the iconic Alan Wake box art that sees the protagonist shining a flash light at viewers in the midst of a foggy forest. According to the announcement, AWE will take Jesse into a new part of the Oldest House called the Investigations Sector, which is described as the place where the Bureau examines Altered World Events (AWEs). In Control’s universe, AWEs give ordinary items unique properties that can cause all kinds of damage to the world – or grant people powers, or access to other dimensions, or, honestly, it seems like just about anything. Given the broad spectrum of possibilities that Altered World Events open up, it seems likely the nods to Alan Wake already in Control might end up setting up a crossover event.
There’s a chance AWE doesn’t actually do much with Alan Wake at all – but that seems unlikely. Remedy is a savvy developer that has expressed interest in revisiting Alan Wake in the future, and with Control as successful as it is, its DLC could provide the perfect springboard for an Alan Wake 2. If nothing else, though, it seems fans desperate for some more content from both Control and Alan Wake will have their prayers answered next year.