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Remember Me Studio In Receivership

Update: Dontnod Entertainment has confirmed that it's not bankrupt; they're entering "judicial organization." Check the full update at GameSpot.

Original Story:

New IPs can be rough on a developer, especially when it's their first game.

Capcom tapped unheard-of studio Dontnod Entertainment for the ambitious title Remember Me, and they had big plans for the franchise. Capcom intended to turn it into a long-running series.

Unfortunately, despite some decent reviews, the game sold poorly. And now, French publication Factor News is reporting that Dontnod is bankrupt and they've entered receivership.

This obviously means they probably didn't break even on Remember Me and the developer still owes. It doesn't mean curtains for Dontnod but it's not a good sign. For the record, the studio was founded by ex-Criterion developer Oskar Guilbert in 2008, and they had big plans for protagonist Nilin. Doesn't look like a sequel is going to happen any time soon, though; this company needs to get out of debt first.

Remember Me was a solid effort. It just needed more honing and polishing, and the gameplay required more dynamic creativity and less repetition.

Related Game(s): Remember Me

Tags: dontnod entertainment, remember, remember me developer, dontnod bankrupt

1/31/2014 10:56:25 AM Ben Dutka

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Comments (17 posts)

Underdog15
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 11:15:58 AM
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There were too many of the same issues reported by reviewers across the board that prevented me from getting this. I still intend to because I'm still interested. But I was planning on buying it the moment reviews said "awesome" or even almost awesome.

They did not, so I tucked my wallet back in muh jean's butt pouch.

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pavlovic
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 11:19:55 AM

Will be free on Febrary for PS4.

Actually is a fun game with it's share of downs, but it's an ok recommendation

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Dell Taco
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 12:05:03 PM

It is free for ps3 not ps4.

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pavlovic
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 12:33:45 PM

DellTaco, I meant PS+... my bad

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pavlovic
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 11:18:12 AM
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That sucks. New developers with new ideas are needed.

If videogames continue trough this path, in some years we will only sequels... COD, AC, Madden and Fifa, every year and no more games... maybe Angry Birds Indiana Jones or something like that.

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 11:22:04 AM

What "path?"

The game wasn't that great. That was the problem, not the fact that it had a good concept and nobody wants to buy new concepts.

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Underdog15
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 11:39:33 AM

TLOU is proof that a high quality new IP can do extremely well.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 12:07:36 PM

To play devils advocate, maybe the path of ditching every new IP that gets a 7 and doesn't sell so well without trying again with a better game?

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pavlovic
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 12:40:43 PM

Indeed World

Also, the path of selling annualized franchises with little to non new gameplay or story.

The path were everyone will play safe and go for the big bucks.

I'm afraid that one day we won't be able to play new IPs... because it's risky, very risky






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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 4:23:19 PM

World: That goes for any game, not just new IPs. 7 or below is often suicide for any game, and that might actually go double for an established franchise. Call of Duty is on the downswing (finally), and not just because of waning interest...but also because of waning critical acclaim.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 7:47:13 PM

It's bad though, or we'd have no Killzones

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Broady
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 11:29:54 AM
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Got Remember Me off plus a few months ago - was entertaining, but not great. The combat got repetitive pretty quick, although the memory alteration stuff was pretty good, but wasn't used enough. Some good ideas in there, shame to see the studio struggling

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BikerSaint
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 11:32:59 AM
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This is really a shame because as I said before, I wanted this new IP to do well & continue.
I hope Dontnod can survive this.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 12:06:07 PM
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That is sad because it could have been great, but really for a new IP it wasn't a bad debut effort. Plenty of games debut very rough and then get better.

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Dell Taco
Friday, January 31, 2014 @ 12:08:26 PM
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I wonder how the developers get paid for PS+. Is it paid per downloads or just a lump sum? I just hope that it works out for them because it was an interesting game.

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Lawless SXE
Saturday, February 01, 2014 @ 12:13:28 AM
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Almost picked up Remember Me today, but the full price put me off :/
So many *good* games that I would happily buy for half-price. Shame about this, they had some really good ideas with Remember Me, but the critical consensus seems to be that they fell short, and that is why I'm leery of paying more than $40 for this.

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___________
Saturday, February 01, 2014 @ 2:16:51 AM
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sadly this is what happens when you try seperate yourself from the herd and your name is not naughty dog.

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