Yesterday, I sat down with Sam Lake, the creative director of Remedy Entertainment, alongside Courtney Hope, who voices Jesse, the protagonist in Control. The two shared some new information with me about what other actors will be a part of Control’s story. James McCaffrey, the voice actor behind Max Payne, as well as Matthew Porretta, the voice behind Alan Wake, will be in Control. Of course, if you don’t already know, Hope plays Beth in Remedy Entertainment’s previous title, Quantum Break. Lake says that this is Remedy’s all-star cast.
Lake told me that McCaffrey’s character will share some traits with Max Payne.
“We have our previous director of the bureau, Federal Bureau of Control, Trench. He is played by James McCaffrey, who is the voice of Max Payne. To me the process was like, we have this secretive government agency, and you know we want this hard-boiled, cynical, older guy, as the director of this place. Then we started thinking, well maybe as a younger man he was a cop, or a fed, and this hard-boiled man of action who must now be pushed up the ladder to be the director. Who would be perfect for a role like that? Well yeah, James was a natural fit for that.”
We also learned some new details about Trench which may fall into spoiler territory. So skip this paragraph if you’d like. Trench is dead throughout the game, how his role as a dead man will affect Jesse’s story has yet to be revealed.
Lake did not reveal much when it came to Matthew Porretta’s character or how he’ll play a role in the world of Control.
“Matt is playing the head of research, the main scientist of the bureau, Dr. Casper Darling. Who more than anything looks into these unexplainable phenomena that the bureau deals with and is trying actively to push the known reality further.”
In case you missed it, you can catch an exclusive behind the scenes video from the Control panel at New York Comic Con where Hope and McCaffrey talk more about their characters. Control will be Remedy’s first multiplatform game in a long while. It’ll be available for Xbox One, PS4, and PC sometime in 2019.