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Remedy Entertainment Cancels Project Kestral

Remedy Entertainment and Tencent have decided to cancel the development of the game project known as codename Kestrel.

The project was in the early concept stage and involved a small team working on a premium cooperative multiplayer game. Remedy was developing the game with co-financing from Tencent, and the game was set to be co-published by both companies. The project began in November 2023 as a reboot of an earlier project, codenamed Vanguard.

Remedy says the decision to cancel the project was so that the studio could focus on other games in its portfolio. With other projects currently in the works, the team cannot worry about spreading themselves too thin to focus on it.

“Codename Kestrel showed early promise, but the project was still in its early concept stage. Our other projects have advanced well and are moving to the next stages of development, and increasing focus on them provides us with benefits. We can reallocate talented Kestrel developers to these other game projects, and many of our support functions get additional focus on their operations. This is yet another means to ensure that our game projects continue advancing well. I want to thank our Kestrel development team. Though we decided to discontinue the project for wider Remedy benefits, our team has done good work and provided us with valuable learnings. I also want to thank Tencent for their partnership so far. They have been very professional and supportive,” says Remedy’s CEO, Tero Virtala.

The decision to cancel makes sense in a world where Rocksteady’s Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League has been a massive misfire. Having live service titles developed by single-player studios is a considerable risk, and so far, a small pool of games has succeeded here. Supporting a live service title is a huge commitment and requires a lot of money, so having Remedy focus on what they’ve excelled at is a safer bet.