Dontnod is embracing a brand new course: it is amping up its publishing arm so it could actually 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 recreation from the developer of drunken zombie preventing recreation Damaged Traces. Particulars about what this new recreation is have but to be revealed, although PortaPlay head of growth Hans von Knut Skovfoged stated in a press release that the studio felt “known as to work on video games with which means” with a concentrate on 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 “battle and conflicts, instructed from the views of the women and men enduring them.”
This announcement comes after statements final 12 months from Dontnod CEO Oskar Guilbert, who stated then that the developer was constructing a publishing and advertising arm to self-publish its personal video games, desiring to be “as unbiased as potential” sooner or later.
In a press release, Dontnod head of publishing Xavier Spinat indicated that this was on no account the tip to inside growth 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 stated. “From our first discussions with PortaPlay, it turned clear to us that co-producing and publishing this authentic creation would permit us to increase our portfolio with a recreation complementary to our in-house productions, whereas remaining true to our DNA.”
Dontnod most lately launched two of its personal video games final 12 months: Twin Mirror and Inform Me Why. Our assessment known as the previous a “frustratingly uneven journey,” however Inform Me Why instructed “an excellent story in an enthralling world” and acquired praised for its major character Tyler, the primary playable transgender online game hero from a significant studio.
It’s unknown what Dontnod is perhaps engaged on subsequent itself. Earlier this 12 months, Tencent bought a minority stake within the studio to assist it create a brand new IP, and a minimum of for now Dontnod’s acclaimed Life is Unusual collection seems to be within the arms of Deck 9 for the following entry, True Colours.
Rebekah Valentine is a information reporter for IGN. You’ll find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.