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Alan Wake Developer Expands On Control’s “Brutalist” Level Design

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Remedy Entertainment has opened up about the level design philosophy set to be explored in its upcoming, self-published action-adventure game Control.

The latest development diary for the title begins by explaining the fictional location of the game, which takes place in a sealed off, featureless building in Manhattan named The Oldest House. The building is under the ownership of a secretive government agency known as the Federal Bureau of Control. Within the confines of this building, an endless array of dimension-defying experiments take place.

Similarly to the TARDIS from Doctor Who, the building transcends normal laws of physics. The setting, inspired by the brutalist architecture of Washington D.C., is larger on the inside than the outside.

The building’s physics-defying lore allows for an infinite array of design possibilities. Control appears to be dealing in contrasts, embedding itself in the claustrophobia of government architecture as well as endless discussions of the unexplained.

While interesting from an art design perspective, this ethos will also impact gameplay greatly. Describing the building as “a world within a location,” Narrative Lead Anna Megill stated that “players would be able to explore [a world] full of ever-changing ideas.” Exploration, then, will be key to player understanding of The Oldest House.

Much like Remedy’s previous work on Alan Wake, Control seeks to thrive in discussions of the uncanny. The game was officially unveiled during E3 earlier this year, where the developer also revealed that it is spawned, in part, from ideas not considered suitable for Quantum Break.

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Where The Water Tastes Like Wine Adds Chinese-American Stories and Chinese Localization

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Where The Water Tastes Like Wine will be receiving a new content update featuring Chinese-American stories, including full Chinese language support.

According to Steam, a new content update entitled “Gold Mountain” is available for anyone who owns the game. The update focuses on new tales focusing on Chinese Americans and their impact on American history and culture. The Steam update also explains the reasoning for including these stories:

“The Gold Mountain update was created to honor the millions of Chinese-Americans generally overlooked in American history. We hope that you enjoy the new original stories that are included in the update and look forward to reading all of your thoughts.”

Additionally, the ‘Gold Mountain’ update includes full Chinese language support for the game’s ‘Fireside Chats’, which is a free standalone experience that adds exclusive story content to the game’s 16 characters. The full Chinese version of the main game will release once the Chinese localization team, led by Ryan Zhang, finishes the new content.

OnlySP’s Derek Swinhart was left disappointed by the game when it released last year, stating that it promised “a long and exciting road-trip across unknown territory, but ends up only offering flat tires and postcards of better places.”

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