Control’s Finnish tango is a secret hiding in front of you

Remedy’s new game features a lot of secrets, because keeping them is kind of the Federal Bureau of Control’s thing. As its new Director, though, <Jesse/Your/Administrative-Entity-01> security clearance includes access to those secrets… if you can find them. One secret, however, is encrypted with an extra security layer – a language barrier.

To prevent accidental over-exposure to transdimensional paranatural phenomena, the results of this secret extraction test have been submitted in three sequential sections for your safety.

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SPOILER LEVEL: 1. CANDIDATES SHOULD PROCEED WITH CAUTION.

The FBC’s janitor Ahti is probably an entire department of secrets projected as a guy with a mop, but he’s telling you this one for free. In several of the game’s locations and scenes, you can hear him singing a Finnish tango. But this isn’t exactly a traditional song – the lyrics were written by Remedy’s Sam Lake, an obvious clue revealed in the game’s credits.

SPOILER LEVEL: 2F. CANDIDATES SHOULD PROCEED WITH EVEN MORE CAUTION.

In the context of Control, the events of Alan Wake and Quantum Break are classified as Altered World Events, the FBC’s category of transdimensional paranatural phenomena occurring in our reality. Multiple references to Alan Wake and AWEs were actually present in Quantum Break because Remedy loves to mess with us like that.

SPOILER LEVEL: X. CANDIDATES SHOULD EQUIP AN HRA DEVICE.

And multiple references to Alan Wake and Quantum Break are present in Control for the same reasons – including Ahti’s Finnish tango, according to this English translation by Reddit user Kaarle332:

“Once, I mistook a lake for an ocean”, he recited the poem
In the mystery’s depths he spent his life
Under the dark ocean’s shadows, he wanders
Searching his way to the light, to his beloved, forever​

Alone the hero travels deeper in to the night
This burden on his shoulders would be there always, like a promise
In the game this fool is beaten again and again
But only a moment of rest in death is given, already having to return​

Time shatters, a shot echoes into eternity
He will never get a happy ending
So many times this story has been told
The hero has a thousand faces, and a hopeless path forward​

Alone the hero travels deeper in to the night
This burden on his shoulders would be there always, like a promise
In the game this fool is beaten again and again
But only a moment of rest in death is given, already having to return​

In the game this fool is beaten again and again
But only a moment of rest in death is given, already having to return

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