After putting an end to Life is Strange 2, Dontnod‘s team has become quite busy…
According to their statement that reveals their financial standings, they also confirmed that they have six games in either the design or the pre-production stage of the development. One of them is going to be a collaboration with Focus Home Interactive, but it will not be a sequel to Vampyr (which was made by Dontnod for this publisher), meaning it’s possibly going to be a new IP.
In the previous fiscal year (April 1, 2020 – March 31, 2021), Dontnod ramped up production on two games, codenamed Project 7 and Project 8. The former is an IP 100% owned by Dontnod; it’s being developed at their new, Montreal studio, headed by executive producer Luc Baghadoust and creative director Michel Koch. The latter is the collab with Focus Home Interactive. All six games will launch by 2025.
Going by the image they published, it seems to be a new IP, possibly with a focus more towards action RPGs, as the studio’s CEO Oskar Guilbert once hinted. Four other self-published titles are in the design or pre-production stages, without providing any hints on what they could be. We can rule Life is Strange out, as Dontnod has parted ways with Square Enix a long time ago.
Dontnod improved its self-publishing strategy. They aim to get „more value” from their original creations and IPs by self-publishing their titles, plus increasing the number of their titles available on mobile in Asia, as there are „positive industry trends in favour of creators of high-quality original games that gain international recognition.”
Their royalties were increased by 83% in 2020 to a total of 3.8 million euros, mostly thanks to releasing Twin Mirror, plus their back catalogue sales have boosted their financial results.