According to French news outlets Societe and Factor News, Dontnod Entertainment, the developer of Remember Me, has filed for the French equivalent of bankruptcy. The studio is said to have filed for “redressement judicaire”, essentially bankruptcy in France on January 28 of this year. Dontnod Entertainment was founded by Oskar Guilbert, former Criterion boss, in 2008. Remember Me was the studio’s only title that saw release, being published by Capcom. The game had a lukewarm reception among players and critics, and while it was praised for crafting a beautiful and intriguing world, main character Nilin was said to be a bit flat and unengaging, and the rewinding of memories mechanic which could have set it apart from other action titles was sparsely used. The gameplay was a bit unbalanced as well. As such, the game never found a wide audience. Remember Me recently became one of the free selections for PlayStation Plus holders in Europe and will be one of the free games offered to PlayStation Plus users in North America in February.
UPDATED: Dontnod Entertainment has disputed earlier claims that the company is filing for bankruptcy. Studio boss Oskar Guilbert revealed to Games Industry that the filing for “redressement judicaire” was done to enable the company to operate in a more sustainable fashion. Guilbert said, “There are some rumors about the bankruptcy of Dontnod. There is no bankruptcy, Dontnod is not in bankruptcy. We are in something called in France “judicial reorganisation” which allows us to re-adapt our production pipeline to the new situation. We are also in close negotiations with one big partner; I cannot of course announce the name and say that but we are in very close negotiations for our next project with one of the top publishers.” It seems the company is resizing and not closing. Guilbert played up the fact that Remember Me, which released in June, 2013, through Capcom, was “number two in terms of downloads on PlayStation Plus in Europe, so it’s a big success on the digital side at least.” He also went on to say, “We started new projects and those new projects need some investment and we decided to resize the company in order to match these new needs. That’s why we needed judicial reorganisation.” We’ll bring you more on this and Dontnod’s future projects as the news becomes available.
The roster for the upcoming fighting game Super Smash Bros. is getting larger. Pokemon Lucario is the 22nd fighter to be added to the game, set for release sometime this year on the Wii U and the 3DS. Masahiro Sakurai revealed that the game’s team has “increased the influence of Aura this time, so a damaged Lucario is truly a force to be reckoned with.” Different trophies are being offered depending on which platform you get the game for, which offers players some variety should they pick both versions of the game up.
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