As Dontnod Entertainment is expanding, the Life is Strange developer is now extending into the publishing business. Starting with a project by Copenhagen-based studio PortaPlay.
In the announcement, Dontnod says it holds rights for the game’s IP, and will be co-producing it with the studio. There’s no details on what the project will be beyond it being a new game unassociated with Dontnod’s current stable, and “fits with the editorial vision and values of” the studio. PortaPlay is most recently known for the tactical Broken Lines.
“As a publisher, we want to offer players experiences that are both accessible to the wider audience, while setting the bar high regarding themes and quality of design,” said Dontnod Head of Publishing Xavier Spinat. “From our first discussions with PortaPlay, it became clear to us that co-producing and publishing this original creation would allow us to expand our portfolio with a game complementary to our in-house productions, while remaining true to our DNA. We will be able to bring to our partner with our know-how and our knowledge of the market, in line with our communities’ expectations.”
“We feel called to work on games with meaning. Games combining solid game mechanics and storytelling – about individuals in crisis situations tackling moral dilemmas,” said Head of Development at PortaPlay Hans von Knut Skovfoged. “This new partnership is thus a great opportunity to us. Not only does it give us the opportunity to communicate with all the fans of DONTNOD’s fantastic catalogue of games, but it also allows us to work with some of the best minds in this field – to help us improve our game and give the players the greatest experience possible!”
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Dontnod has been making some moves in the past year, including founding a Montreal-based studio last year dedicated to creating a new IP. While the studio is best known for its work on the Life is Strange series, the next game in the series is being developed by Deck Nine Games, and is called Life is Strange: True Colors.