Everything we know about Control 2

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(Pocket-lint) – Remedy caught us all by surprise in late 2022 by announcing that it’s working on a sequel to Control, its hit paranormal shooter from a few years earlier.

To be clear, the surprise wasn’t that something was in the works, just that Remedy announced it so quietly. We can’t wait for Control 2 – find everything we’ve figured out about the game here.

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Control Announcement 2

Remedy appeared on November 11, 2022 with the news that it is working on Control 2, in the form of an announcement regarding the game’s development and publishing structure.

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This is the most technical reason to announce a game we’ve ever seen, but it doesn’t take away from how exciting it is that the game is already confirmed and official.

Control 2 release date

The Control 2 development announcement does not contain any concrete details about its release schedule, but the short statement of Remedy about it contains a clue.

Mikael Kasurinen, game director for the Control franchise, mentions that the game will “take a while” to make, and that it’s still “an early project”, while also talking about how exciting the game looks at this early stage.

This is the signal to assume that Control 2 will take years to arrive: we imagine that its launch is not expected before the end of 2025, but a later date could be possible. This one could be a while in coming, folks.

Control Platforms 2

The announcement about the development of Control 2 was quite adamant when it came to the game’s platforms: it confirms that Control 2 is being made for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X/S.

This means that, of course, it is a current generation game, without development for Xbox One or PS4.

This makes no sense considering how impressive the first game on older hardware was: expect Control 2 to push the visual limits.

Control Trailer 2

There is still no trailer for Control 2, not even a screenshot of the game, which makes it clear that the game is very early in its development process.

As soon as this changes and a trailer appears, we’ll update this article to include an embedded video.

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Control Story 2

As of now, there are spoilers for the first game.

The first Control told a twisted and creepy story about Jesse Faden, the player character. He arrives at the center of the Federal Office of Control, an American agency that investigates paranormal events.

Jesse finds the FBC in a strange state of suspension, invaded by something she calls the Hiss, a force that can possess people and mess up their heads.

It’s a wacky story that’s told throughout the game, with things going further and further into the supernatural, and Jesse gaining more and more wacky powers throughout it.

Control ends with Jesse taking her place as director of the FBC and with the Hiss still alive. However, the game’s post-launch DLC, AWE, changed everything.

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It reintroduced Alan Wake, from Remedy’s other action-horror franchise, and bridged the two universes. Given the With Alan Wake 2 also in development and expected to come out sooner, we wonder if Remedy is building a shared narrative between the two sequels it has planned.

We still don’t have any details or indication as to what the story of Control 2 will be like, but it seems that a closer relationship with Alan Wake is in the works.

Control 2 gameplay

Once again, all we can do to gauge Control 2’s gameplay is to look at the first game: it starts out as a simple third-person shooter, but quickly turns wilder.

You start to gather powers, from the ability to move objects with your mind and throw them at enemies to eventually being able to literally fly across levels.

It’s a brilliant mix of physics-based power-up shooting and it flows really well. We assume Control 2 will build on this to offer an even more action-packed range of gameplay options.

Written by Max Freeman-Mills.



Everything we know about Control 2