In the recent weeks regarding Life is Strange, the Square Enix-owned property is to welcome a new entry later this fall. Although not a mainline installment, developer Deck Nine (Life is Strange: Before the Storm) is returning to work on the latest project, Life is Strange: True Colors. The newest release is to feature a new character with the ability to read people’s emotions.
However, developer Dontnod Entertainment is involved with the IP as well. While not conjuring up a new flagship release for the franchise, the game studio is working on Life is Strange Remastered. Unlike the initial release, the new version will include better load times, increased resolution, and a thin-line performance count.
But, for future plans on behalf of Dontnod Entertainment, Life is Strange is out of the equation. When speaking to IGN in an interview, the super power, episodic series is not included in the bigger plans for the developer. “For the moment it’s not our strategy, yeah. We want to create our own IPs. That’s what we want to do, Oskar Guilbert, Dontnod Entertainment CEO issued.
But we are looking at what’s happening, of course. Because our fans are looking at it, and so we are looking at it. We think that this is something really important for the company, for the ownership of the teams, and for the future of Dontnod. This is our value for the next [few] years. So we decided to now develop IP [that is] fully or at least partially owned [by Dontnod]. So this is really our strategy.
We continue to work with Focus Home Interactive. We work with them on Vampyr. We continue to work with them on Project 8 [Dontnod’s internal name for one of its upcoming games]. So yes, we are seen as the Life is Strange studio, but I hope that in the future we’ll be seen like– we cannot reveal the titles for our next game, but let’s say Project 9, Project 10, Project 11. Or Dontnod Project 1.Xavier Spinat, Dontnod Entertainment Head of Publishing
Guilbert did also reassure to “never say never”, but the larger concern is for Dontnod Entertainment to proceed with its own unique properties and keep ownership of the series that evolve from the developer. Previously, the game studio received a capital investment from Tencent Holdings to develop a self-publishing project. The report appears to be what swayed for the team to pursue this new route for its projects.
In total, however, Dontnod Entertainment has six projects in total in its current pipeline. When speaking with GamesBeat, Guilbert at the time told, We don’t want to stick to the same thing every time.” He adds, “We innovate. We are reinventing ourselves in terms of quality, mechanics, and technology. Finding new ways of telling stories is really important.” You can read the full report by heading here.
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