Dontnod has given a nod to third-party publishing, because the maker of the Life is Unusual collection mentioned it’ll begin publishing video games for different sport builders.

The primary third-party publishing challenge is with Denmark’s PortaPlay. The 2 corporations will co-produce an unique sport that meshes with Dontnod‘s personal values. These values are about creating emotionally charged story-based video games about actual individuals in practical settings with the added contact of the supernatural. Not less than that’s what the Life is Unusual collection, which has offered hundreds of thousands of models, is like.

PortaPlay’s Hans von Knut Skovfoged mentioned his Copenhagen-based studio is specializing in video games with that means, combining sport mechanics and storytelling about individuals in disaster and dealing with ethical dilemmas. Dontnod added extra publishing and advertising and marketing capabilities final yr to prepare for this enlargement.

“As a writer, we need to supply gamers experiences which can be each accessible to the broader viewers, whereas setting the bar excessive concerning themes and high quality of design,” mentioned Xavier Spinat, head of publishing at Dontnod, in a press release. “From our first discussions with PortaPlay, it turned clear to us that co-producing and publishing this unique creation would permit us to develop our portfolio with a sport complementary to our in-house productions, whereas remaining true to our DNA. We can convey to our companion with our know-how and our information of the market, according to our communities’ expectations.”

Above: Inform Me Why options the twins Tyler and Alyson. Tyler is transgender.

Picture Credit score: Microsoft

Dontnod CEO Oskar Guilbert advised GamesIndustry.biz final November that the studio wished to be “as unbiased as doable” going ahead. The corporate’s newest sport, Twin Mirror, was the primary title they self-published, having beforehand labored in partnership with Sq. Enix, Focus Residence Interactive, and Microsoft for earlier titles.

PortaPlay has about 10 individuals. Dontnod has additionally raised cash and expanded its personal inner publishing plans. Late final yr, Dontnod had two large video games. Microsoft revealed Dontnod’s Inform Me Why in August and September. And Dontnod self-published a second sport, Twin Mirror.

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