It looks like French developer Dontnod won’t be helming any Life is Strange games any time soon as the developer is now focusing on new IP.
Speaking with IGN, Dontnod CEO Oskar Guilbert revealed that the studio is currently working on multiple new games and wants to start distancing itself from the Life is Strange franchise in order to start focusing more on its original projects:
“Never say never,” teases Guilbert. “But for the moment it’s not our strategy, yeah. We want to create our own IPs. That’s what we want to do.”
Dontnod has released several semi-successful new IPs over the last generation, including Vampyr and Tell Me Why, published by Focus Home Interactive and Xbox Game Studios respectively. Guilbert goes on to explain that Dontnod’s long-term strategy is to build an impressive list of intellectual properties to increase the studio’s value over the next few years. According to IGN, Dontnod is currently developing six different projects, one of which is being published by Tencent after it acquired a minority stake in Dontnod earlier this year.
“This is our value for the next [few] years,” explains Guilbert. “So we decided to now develop IP [that is] fully or at least partially owned [by Dontnod]. So this is really our strategy.”
However, Dontnod’s Head of publishing Xavier Spinat was quick to mention that the studio isn’t ruling out the possibility of working on future Life is Strange games:
“But we are looking at what’s happening, of course,” explains Spinat. “Because our fans are looking at it, and so we are looking at it.”
Of course, this doesn’t mean that Life is Strange is being shelved. Square Enix currently holds the license for the franchise and has even announced a third main Life is Strange game during its most recent digital showcase. Life is Strange: True Colors is currently being developed by Deck Nine, the same developer behind Life is Strange: Before the Storm, and is set for release later this year on September 10th for PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and Google Stadia.
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