Although Dontnod’s seen success with video games like Inform Me Why and Vampyr, it is nonetheless primarily related to Life Is Unusual. Along with pioneering the collection with the unique Life Is Unusual (which was broadly praised by critics and offered over three million copies) Dontnod can be liable for Life Is Unusual 2 and The Superior Adventures of Captain Spirit. However in line with CEO Oskar Guilbert, Dontnod is now prepared to maneuver on.
“By no means say by no means,” Guilbert stated. “However for the second it isn’t our technique, yeah. We need to create our personal IPs. That is what we need to do.”
Regardless of its affiliation with Life Is Unusual, Dontnod does not personal the mental property. Sq. Enix does. And Sq. Enix just lately introduced that Life is Strange: True Colors will likely be developed by Deck 9, which additionally labored on Life Is Unusual: Earlier than the Storm.
That by itself does not forestall Dontnod from ever returning to Life Is Unusual, however, at the least for now, extra Life Is Unusual is not within the studio’s plans.
Head of publishing Xavier Spinat added instantly after, “However we’re what’s occurring, after all. As a result of our followers are it, and so we’re it.”
Guilbert elaborated additional on the significance of Dontnod proudly owning its personal video games, tying it into other topics we addressed during the interview just like the studio’s long-term stability. He additionally talked about Dontnod’s willpower to stay impartial and never have its portfolio influenced by outdoors editorial selections.
“We predict that that is one thing actually necessary for the corporate, for the possession of the groups, and for the way forward for Dontnod,” he stated. “That is our worth for the subsequent [few] years. So we determined to now develop IP [that is] absolutely or at the least partially owned [by Dontnod]. So that is actually our technique.
“We proceed to work with Focus House Interactive. We work with them on Vampyr. We proceed to work with them on Project 8 [Dontnod’s internal name for one of its upcoming games]. So sure, we’re seen because the Life is Unusual studio, however I hope that sooner or later we’ll be seen like– we can’t reveal the titles for our subsequent recreation, however as an instance Mission 9, Mission 10, Mission 11. Or Dontnod Mission 1.”
Earlier this 12 months, Dontnod introduced it was working on a new franchise in partnership with Tencent after Tencent purchased a minority stake within the firm. In complete, the studio has seven initiatives within the works — six internally, and one it’s publishing for independent developer PortaPlay.