Don’t publish third-party games, starting with Broken Lines PortaPlay’s new developer title

Dontnod embraces a new direction: he’s stepping up his publishing portion so he can publish games from other studios, starting with a new title from PortaPlay. Today, the developer Life is Strange announced that he will announce a completely new game by the developer of the drunken fight against zombies, Broken Lines. Details of what this new game has yet to be revealed, although PortaPlay development chief Hans von Knut Skovfoged said in a statement that the studio feels “invited to work on games with meaning” with an emphasis on telling stories about individuals in crisis situations. moral dilemmas. “A biography sent with a press release describes PortaPlay as a studio that makes games about ‘war and conflict, told from the perspective of men and women who suffer from it.’

The announcement comes after statements by Dontnod CEO Oscar Guilbert last year, who said at the time that the developer was building a publishing and marketing branch to self-publish his own games, intending to be “as independent as possible” in the future.

In a statement, the head of the Dontnod publishing house, Xavier Spinat, indicated that this was by no means the end of internal development in Dontnod:

“As publishers, we want to offer players experiences that are accessible to a wider audience, while setting the bar high in terms of themes and design quality,” he said. “From the first conversations with PortaPlay, it became clear to us that co-producing and publishing this original creation will allow us to expand our portfolio with a game that is complementary to our internal production, while remaining true to our DNA.”

Dontnod recently released two of his own games last year: Twin Mirror and Tell Me Why. He called our review the first “frustratingly uneven adventure,” but Tell Me Why told a “good story in a charming world” and received praise for his protagonist Tyler, the first transversal video game hero from the big studio.

It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Earlier this year, Tencent bought a minority stake in the studio to help him create a new IP address, and it seems that Dontnod’s now-famous series Life is Strange is in the hands of Deck Nine for the next entry, True Colors.

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.