After realizing that Sony’s portfolio won’t fit on their game type, French game developer Dontnod recently revealed that they’ve overhauled a console project called Remember Me. It was previously linked with Sony and was formerly known as “Adrift.”
Remember Me is a multi-format title that is due for a May 2013 release. According to the game developer’s co-founder Oskar Guilbert:
We didn’t show the game last year, but we showed concept artwork. This project is not exactly the same, it is an evolution. The concept of what we did with Sony was different.
From Sony to Capcom
Aside from overhauling the game’s concept, Guilbert also explained why they took back the IP rights for the game and continued developing it for another game publisher.
Sony wanted to focus on a different type of game and we don’t really fit with that. But we’re in a very good relationship with them. We stopped a number of games last year at Sony and we took back the IP rights and were able to continue to develop it thanks to the support of the investors. We were then able to sign the game to a publisher who’s portfolio is a better fit for the game.
The publisher that Guilbert is talking about is Capcom. Dontnod’s deal with the game publisher includes handling over Remember Me’s IP rights. Meanwhile, the Japan and California-based publisher is still pushing for original projects, in addition to sequels for their Lost Plant and Devil May Cry.
Seizing the Right Moment
Although there are rumors spreading about the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 successors, Guilbert said that Dontnod feels that it’s the right time to introduce a new game for the current-generation consoles.
New IP on the current generation is a good thing because the installed base is huge. And with not so many new IP titles we have much more space on the market, especially as we’re not waiting to launch in a new platform. It’s a challenge but we feel it can work.
After four years of working on it, the team can now finally talk about Remember Me. Furthermore, they are now ready to launch the marketing and promotion with Capcom.
Dontnod started in 2008 as a five-man team and expanded to 100 staff with the help of significant private investment.
Guilbert, who used to work at Criterion, created the team with former Ubisoft producer Jean-Maxine Moris. Also included in the team are Marvel Comics artist Aleksi Briclot and sci-fi novelist Alain Damasio.
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