CONTROL's Director Discusses the Origins of the Game’s "Ashtray Maze" Level in This New Video

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CONTROL's Director Discusses the Origins of the Game’s

Just like almost every Remedy Entertainment-produced video game, last year's sleeper hit Control is quite a disturbing experience. Thanks to this brand-new video, you can learn more about the game's best level — and the people who brought it to life.

There's no denying that the so-called Astray Maze was the highlight of an overall fantastic game, and Control's Game Director Mikael Kasurinen recently sat down with GameSpot to discuss the origins of the mind-boggling level. The video is pretty lengthy and information-heavy, starting off with the artist describing the basic idea behind the Maze, and later moving on to more technical issues.

It's worth noticing that the music accompanying the player's struggles in the Maze was composed by Old Gods of Asgard — a band that has a history with Remedy, as they also worked on Alan Wake and Max Payne games.

Considering that Control is a completely original production created by an independent studio, it's great to see it getting the recognition it deserves. As a reminder, the metroidvania has won many awards for its wonderfully Finnish game design — including Best Art Direction at The Game Awards 2019.

While we're still waiting for Control's next DLC (possibly featuring Alan Wake himself), be sure to learn more about the base game in the interview down below:


Control: You are Jesse Faden, a young woman with a troubled past. You become the new Director of the Bureau of Control – Our frontline in researching and fighting against supernatural enemies like the Hiss threatening our very existence. You’ll uncover the secret activities of the Bureau agents and explore the strange and shifting halls of the Bureau’s headquarters, The Oldest House. Unlock new abilities with Objects of Power and upgrade your Service Weapon to take on bigger and more powerful enemies. Venture into lost sectors in the challenging Expeditions mode. Solve puzzles and complete quests to discover the secret of Jesse’s past and the true purpose of the Bureau of Control. Above all, you must defeat the relentless Hiss.

Control is currently available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC (via the EGS).