Despite its affiliation with Life Is Strange, Dontnod does not personal the mental property. Square Enix does. And Square Enix just lately introduced that Life is Strange: True Colors shall be developed by Deck Nine, which additionally labored on Life Is Strange: Before the Storm.
That by itself does not forestall Dontnod from ever returning to Life Is Strange, however, no less than for now, extra Life Is Strange is not within the studio’s plans.Head of publishing Xavier Spinat added instantly after, “But we’re what’s occurring, in fact. Because 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 choices.
“We assume that this is one thing actually necessary for the corporate, for the possession of the groups, and for the way forward for Dontnod,” he stated. “This is our price for the following [few] years. So we determined to now develop IP [that is] totally or no less than partially owned [by Dontnod]. So this is actually our technique.
“We proceed to work with Focus Home 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 Strange studio, however I hope that sooner or later we’ll be seen like– we can not reveal the titles for our subsequent recreation, however for instance Project 9, Project 10, Project 11. Or Dontnod Project 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 tasks within the works — six internally, and one it is publishing for independent developer PortaPlay.
Rebekah Valentine is a information reporter for IGN. You can discover her on Twitter @duckvalentine.