Dontnod is embracing a brand new route: it is amping up its publishing arm so it could possibly publish video games made by different studios, starting with a brand new title from PortaPlay.
At this time, the Life is Unusual developer introduced it could be publishing a model new sport from the developer of drunken zombie combating sport Damaged Traces. Particulars about what this new sport is have but to be revealed, although PortaPlay head of improvement Hans von Knut Skovfoged mentioned in an announcement that the studio felt “known as to work on video games with that means” with a deal with storytelling “about people in disaster conditions tackling ethical dilemmas.” A bio despatched with the announcement press launch describes PortaPlay as a studio that makes video games about “conflict and conflicts, instructed from the views of the women and men enduring them.”
This announcement comes after statements last year from Dontnod CEO Oskar Guilbert, who mentioned then that the developer was constructing a publishing and advertising arm to self-publish its personal video games, desiring to be “as unbiased as attainable” sooner or later.
In an announcement, Dontnod head of publishing Xavier Spinat indicated that this was on no account the top to inner improvement at Dontnod:
“As a writer, we need to provide gamers experiences which can be each accessible to the broader viewers, whereas setting the bar excessive relating to themes and high quality of design,” he mentioned. “From our first discussions with PortaPlay, it turned clear to us that co-producing and publishing this unique creation would enable us to increase our portfolio with a sport complementary to our in-house productions, whereas remaining true to our DNA.”
Dontnod most lately launched two of its personal video games final yr: Twin Mirror and Inform Me Why. Our overview known as the previous a “frustratingly uneven adventure,” however Inform Me Why instructed “a good story in a charming world” and obtained praised for its primary character Tyler, the first playable transgender video game hero from a major studio.
It’s unknown what Dontnod could be engaged on subsequent itself. Earlier this yr, Tencent purchased a minority stake in the studio to assist it create a brand new IP, and not less than for now Dontnod’s acclaimed Life is Unusual sequence seems to be within the arms of Deck 9 for the following entry, True Colors.