As part of an interview with GamesIndustry.biz, storytelling studio Dontnod, known for its interactive dramas like Life is Strange and Tell Me Why, talked about why the studio is moving to self-publishing more games. This begins with Twin Mirror, the studio’s first self-published game.
“For us, it’s not about Life is Strange or Tell Me Why or Vampyr or Remember Me, even if we are very proud of all those games,” CEO Oskar Guilbert says. “What is important for us is the Dontnod brand. That’s what we want to push in the future.” Dontnod is currently working on six games, one of which is a partnership with Focus Home Interactive and another that is a partnership with an unknown publisher. The remaining four titles are all being self-published.
Dontnod is opening a new studio in Montreal, which is part of the company’s aim to grow slowly and steadily to support multiple projects. These upcoming games may be standalone titles or they may consist of different episodes, depending on what approach Dontnod feels is best.
A short and touching adventure
Tell Me Why respectfully deals with sensitive topics and tells a meaningful story about grief and trauma. The performance and dialogue can be janky at times, but that shouldn’t deter you from this experience.