Work smart, not hard, they say - and it looks like Finnish studio Remedy is doing both.
GI.biz reports that Remedy's 2020 was their most financially successful year ever, with full-year revenues rising 30% to €41.1 million (£35.8m). In 2019, they made a total of €6.5 million (£5.6m), even with the launch of Control that August, but they more than doubled that profit in 2020, with their operating profit hitting €13.2 million (£11.5m). As GI.biz points out, this was all achieved without launching a single new game.
Although Control launched on Switch at the end of 2020, it's a port of a 2019 game, so it's not technically new. It did significantly contribute to Control hitting the 2 million sales mark in December 2020, though - the Switch's Cloud Version launched in October, and November was subsequently the best-ever month for sales for the game.
We do know what Remedy is making next - they're already working on a collaboration with Smilegate, creating the single-player campaign for Crossfire, and developing Vanguard in-house, which we don't know much about beyond it being a narrative free-to-play multiplayer game.
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