Remedy’s next big Control expansion is coming out on August 27th, and the developer has released a trailer to give you a glimpse of what you can expect. The upcoming expansion is called AWE, which stands for Altered World Event. In the game’s universe, that’s an event that that occurs “when paranatural forces breach our world.”
In the expansion, Control’s protagonist Jesse Faden has to go after a mysterious being that’s been haunting the sealed Investigations Sector — the sector where the Federal Bureau of Control used to investigate AWE cases from until things went awry. To defeat the being, Faden has to explore those AWE cases, including one from the town of Bright Falls where Remedy’s older Alan Wake games for Windows and Xbox are set. While Control has a few Alan Wake easter eggs to begin with, this could tie the games together even further. In a post on the PlayStaton blog, Remedy’s Communication Director Thomas Puha wrote:
‘Control’ AWE Expansion Trailer: Alan Wake is back. He’s really back. I could cry paranormal fucking tears!
Most of us Control stans thought that Remedy’s other star Alan Wake would be returning in the title’s second DLC. I mean, he’s referenced in Control. As well, the DLC’s title? AWE. Well folks, my boner is out! ‘Cause the trailer for AWE confirms it. I’m an absolute fucking honk for Alan Wake, and I’ve been yearning for a sequel for years. While this ain’t exactly that, it’s more than enough to fill my cup.
“[Y]ou might have heard a certain Alan Wake narrating the trailer and showing up at the very end. Over the years, we have included Easter eggs in our games that related some of Remedy’s games to each other, as you have seen if you played Control… but what if they were not all just Easter eggs?”
Control’s AWE DLC will be available for download from the Epic Games Store, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on August 27th, the game’s first anniversary. It follows the title’s first expansion, The Foundation, that rolled out in March.