Treatment Leisure has plenty of upcoming tasks on its plate, with one of the vital mysterious of the bunch being “Vanguard,” a Tencent-funded mission initially envisioned as a free-to-play co-op title. Nicely, following the success of Alan Wake 2, it looks like Treatment is rethinking a few of their upcoming slate. Whereas Vanguard hasn’t been canceled, it has been rebooted – it should now be a paid premium title and will probably be referred to by the brand new codename “Kestrel.” Apparently, this re-envisioned model of the mission will “will lean extra into Treatment’s core strengths,” which, to me no less than, means worldbuilding, story, and ambiance.
“Treatment signed a worldwide settlement with Tencent as its publishing accomplice in 2021 to develop Vanguard. Attributable to uncertainties in making a profitable sport to the quickly altering free-to-play market and related dangers, the events have mentioned a brand new course for the sport mission, which will probably be given the brand new codename, “Kestrel.” The reboot comes because the mission has reached the tip of its proof-of-concept section and after Treatment and Tencent had time to judge the mission’s standing and its subsequent steps.
The mission will return to an idea section. A part of the previous Vanguard improvement workforce will transfer to work on Treatment’s different ongoing tasks, whereas the core management and choose members of the event workforce of Kestrel will concentrate on the mission’s new course from the idea stage onwards to create a premium sport with a powerful cooperative multiplayer part. The brand new expertise will lean extra into Treatment’s core strengths and be constructed on lots of the options, belongings and themes already designed for Vanguard.”
Whereas we nonetheless don’t know a lot about Vanguard/Kestrel, I’m undoubtedly supportive of Treatment transferring away from F2P live-service stuff. Not that F2P stuff can’t be good, however I feel Treatment’s abilities are higher used making richer premium experiences.
It appears like Kestrel, no matter it finally ends up being, received’t arrive for some time. What sort of co-op expertise would you prefer to see from Treatment?