Remember Me developer Dontnod denies bankruptcy claims

UPDATE: "Dontnod is not in bankruptcy," says CEO Oskar Guilbert.

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Update: Speaking to GamesIndustry, CEO Oskar Guilbert has denied reports of the Remember Me developer filing for bankruptcy. "There are some rumours about the bankruptcy of Dontnod. There is no bankruptcy. Dontnod is not in bankruptcy," he said.

"We are in something called in France 'judicial reorganisation' which allows us to re-adapt our production pipeline to the new situation," Guilbert added. "This game, I think it's important to mention, is number two in terms of downloads on PlayStation Plus in Europe, so it's a big success on the digital side at least."

The developer won't make its future plans explicit right now, but Guilbert indicated that negotiations for their next game are well under way. "We are in very close negotiations for our next project with one of the top publishers," he said. "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."

Original story: Paris developer Dontnod, which released its first game Remember Me last year, is reported to have entered receivership.

French publication Factor News reported the announcement on Thursday. If true, Dontnod is now unable to repay its debts to creditors, and the studio's future could be at risk.

Dontnod is yet to release a statement on the reports. The studio was founded by ex-Criterion developer Oskar Guilbert in 2008, with Remember Me originally a PlayStation 3 exclusive called Adrift.

At one point, Capcom said it was looking to build Remember Me into a "major franchise" for the publisher.

Remember Me received a relatively warm reception from critics--GameSpot awarded the game a 7--upon its release last year, although sales did not reflect any of that positivity.

Discussion

222 comments
Dexyu
Dexyu

The game sucked im sorry

Lausanna
Lausanna

I really enjoyed this game. It's a little rough around the edges, but still a lot of fun. 

Guest1001
Guest1001

I played Remember Me when it was on PlayStation Plus last month and found it deserved far, FAR more praise than it was given by the gaming press. Especially for the environments and soundtrack. Visually, it was incredible. It's been a long time since I've been as engrossed in a virtual world like Remember Me's.


Unfortunately, Gamespot -- like everyone else -- gave it a 7 because it didn't conform to the "must have multiplayer, must be a sequel" mentality of the games that they give the 8s and the 9s to. And Remember Me played second fiddle to the reboot of a game with a far less interesting female protagonist (Lara Croft), written by a less-talented writer and passed over the new one.

hitomo
hitomo

bad gameplay, medicore graphics, worst story ever ... the main villian enslaved humanity in this game because she broke her leg during a car accident wich was caused by her daughter ... no joke, this game is a pure Insult to every thinking being ... typicaly french game I say

poorboy13
poorboy13

Keep art director, hire new gameplay developer. Boom, instant bestseller.

billlabowski
billlabowski

I hated the mechanics of this game but I would give my left nut to work with the art director and art team. Those people are top notch and shouldn't have any problems finding work if they have to leave.

sargentpsgamer
sargentpsgamer

This game was awesome, really hope they make a second one. Maybe open the world

MasterTheHero
MasterTheHero

Great story, graphics and world. Unfortunately, the gameplay left a little something to be desired and the boss battles weren't very interested.


This was a game in the rough, but it definitely had potential to be something wonderful.

hikaruai
hikaruai

"Remember Me never comes into its own, but it's an entertaining and attractive adventure all the same."

"Within Remember Me, there's an outstanding game struggling to be set free, held back by a story that never takes off and claustrophobic levels that never allow the fantastic near-future setting to take center stage."


That was just the first two sentences of your review...that doesn't sound like a warm reception, that sounds like 'its meh, but you should go play something better cus they didn't quite pull it off'

clqtte
clqtte

Remember Me is a good one to me..........

jeremy-
jeremy-

The game wasnt good but it had the right idea with combat, (copying batman), it was just a repetative and easy and boring. If the game had a rich combat system with customisation. and more of the interesting puzzles.. and slightly better polish on the story and dialogue.. would be a worthy game.


After showing so much potential in the first game, if their financials aren't a nightmare i would expect them to get funded for a new project.

blackace
blackace

No matter what CEO Oskar Guilbert says, there's no doubt they need a publisher and MONEY to continue making their games. They may not be bankrupt yet, but if they don't get a publisher to fund their game soon, they will be.

heartindarkness
heartindarkness

no no keeep going as a first game quite creative !! u will only get better !!

leakingdogmilk
leakingdogmilk

The puzzles suck and there are like only 4 of them, the combat gave the promise of god hand but at the end all you are getting is arkham casual city. Crapcom should drop them and use the money for dragon dogma 2 and DMC5 instead, 

Abberon
Abberon

7/10 is not a warm review Gamespot.  In relative terms that's a pretty mediocre game, as the gaming industry tends to operate on a scale of 6.0-10.0 instead of a real 1-10 scale.  A 7/10 is like a 2/5.  Oops.   

rasterror
rasterror

That game had so much potential but was letdown by being bland and way too linear. The game looked like it offered a huge world you would want to explore but forced you on a dedicated path. The fact that the memory remixes were extremely limited to specific sequences limited the game to. It would've been nice to use it to alter a lot more in the game. It had so much potential and the fact that they used a non hyper sexualized mixed race woman as the protagonist was a major plus too.

pip3dream
pip3dream

Remember Me was a great game - a very creative narrative, i actually REALLY liked the gameplay, and the world they built was just stunning.  Not to mention the music was really incredible too.  I would really like to see something else for this studio.

dchanland
dchanland

Thanks for the update! I'm really glad to know that Dontnod is not in bankruptcy. I really like Remember Me and they also have some of the most awesome group of Concept Artists I've seen working together!


Cheers for them!

PlatinumPaladin
PlatinumPaladin

I really hope the studio stays afloat. Remember Me showed some real promise and I enjoyed playing it. It didn't have the greatest gameplay ever when you consider it drew parallels to the Arkham games, but I couldn't put it down simply because of the compelling narrative and captivating world.

Capcom offered nearly next to no support for the game.

Xristophoros
Xristophoros

the point made about remember me being number 2 in downloads (for ps+) means absolutely nothing. the game is FREE for ps+ users and the developer is not getting a cent of the sales. the fact remains, remember me sold extremely poorly and the studio is lucky to still be alive. it is a shame that so few people gave it a go when it was released. as a free download, i will give it a try.  

hadlee73
hadlee73

They forgot the last part of the quote which stated: "Sorry, I have to hang up now. I'm using up all my free minutes!"

lucfonzy
lucfonzy

This game deserves so much more recognition. From a visual standpoint its outstanding, probably one of the best in new releases. The gameplay is solid and what it does, it does it well. It's a shame that because it's not revolutionary that it gets pushed to the side, but the setting and story alone should sell this! Don't go bankrupt dudes

Pupchu
Pupchu

Oh yeah... Had forgotten all about this game if gamespock hadn't remind me.

ggregd
ggregd

[Update]  Semantics.  In the US there's chapter 11 where corporations reorganize their debts and continue operating and Chapter 7 where they go out of business and sell all their assets to pay their debts.  They're both bankruptcy.  Sounds like France has the same general thing.

wgerardi
wgerardi

Am I the only one who liked this game? One of those games where I loved to just go exploring and enjoy the attention to detail.

presidentperez
presidentperez

they should release a sequel with a pun on the fact that no one remembered.

jacquelineferre
jacquelineferre

"Remember Me" aside anyone knows any other game from this developers?

cboye18
cboye18

Huh I don't remember this game..

Albaficas
Albaficas

@Dexyu the game was good,was way to short

the idea was great..neo france etc but wasnt executed like it should be

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@Guest1001

And, forgot to add, be sceptical of critics, when they are looking at games from franchises people like, or from respected developers, because you know, right from the start, people WANT to like those games. They usually end up with very favorable reviews.

Same the other way around when critics expect something generic or don't know what to expect. They usually end up in to the bargain bin without any good reasons.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@Guest1001

It's the story of many extremely good games.

I'll take two which struck me as great while got somewhat bad reviews: Ghost Recon: Future Soldier and Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel. Both were extremely well done, had well-done levels, beautiful graphics, balanced difficulty, variety of gameplay, nice stories and so on. Both got around 55-60% at Game Rankings and Metacritic. As soon as they got out of the door they went in the bargain bin.

On the other side of the fence we have games like Gears of War 3 which received 92% at Game Rankings. A boring game, non interesting characters, extremely bad AI (played the game with my girlfriend and the 2 extras, played by the computer, spent the whole game ahead of us, killing half the enemies before we got there. Hope the 360 had fun playing them 'cause we didn't have any playing the game). A game in which players were forced to switch characters here and there in the game, and loose weapons in the process. A real turkey. But hey, it's Epic, so it's great!

So now I'm thinking that, although Game Rankings and Metacritic are useful by grouping critics and averaging reviews, they are far from replacing individual reviews by people you respect for their judgment, although anyone can err from time to time.

Lausanna
Lausanna

@hitomo  So basically you totally missed the point. Cyberpunk. Look it up.

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

@jeremy- Lackluster combat notwithstanding, I still enjoyed watching her backside move.

blackace
blackace

@Abberon Yes and that's why games get 4 or less scores on here and other sites. Sigh....

The scale has always been 1 - 10 or 1 - 100. A 2/5 score would be a 4 score, which is Poor. A 7 score is average. More like luke warm. 8 is warm, 9 is Hot and 10 is Boiling Hot. 7 score isn't that bad on a site like Gamespot. Mediocre would be a 6. 

QuadDamage85
QuadDamage85

@PlatinumPaladin  I agree wholeheartedly, I truly do hope they don't throw this franchise to the wayside and not continue to develop it, though the ending was very definitive.   

roman4545
roman4545

@XristophorosActually the dev probably already got their paid for being on PSN+ free. Sony made a deal for something like that so that us consumers get it free. Think as why is STEAM get ridiculous cheap games ? same process, same contract blabla for PSN..  But still the game is underrated and did poor on sale but not extremely poor...

pongley
pongley

@ggregd Actually they're very different. Bankruptcy is a way of allowing businesses to reorganise their debt payments, judicial reorganisation is more like a court-ordered reprieve.

Darkeus
Darkeus

@wgerardi  Heck no!  I love this game.  Very unique.  Very interesting story.  I heard rumors a part 2 is actually in the works.  I hope that is true.

spank555
spank555

@wgerardi No you are not the only one, i loved the setting, the visuals, the story and the soundtrack is one of the best i've ever heard. I soaked up the surroundings and atmosphere, i even read all the dossiers and basically tried to live in that world. It had some problems but i liked mixing it up in combat situations (different enemies with different sensen weaknesses etc). My only regret is i didn't buy it earlier (i believed some of the reviews i read, i wont make that mistake again).
 Oh and Nilin is a superb leading character, it would be a shame if i can't be a memory hunter as her again.

SpicaAntares
SpicaAntares

@wgerardi

Can't speak for myself but my girlfriend loved it. She's into God of War type of games, and adventures.

ANUBISZER0
ANUBISZER0

I enjoyed the crap out of this game, the story was something else. I only wish the world would've been bigger. Hoping for a sequel though.

ADO300
ADO300

@wgerardi  you know i thought i was the only one who liked this game too! the whole concept, story & enviroment were great, never understood why people diss on it so much.

hitomo
hitomo

@Lausanna @hitomo I played Deus Ex so I am pretty sure Cyberpunk has nothing to do with insulting my intellect ... and good taste


I admit I couldnt force my self to Play the last rewind Sequenz ... 'make him believe he killed his daughter' ... no thanks, and I dont think  there was enough time left in the game to bring some sense into the story ... just remember the first rewind sequence, where you fuck up the mind of some bountyhunter resulting in letting her husband die ... later this bountyhunter helps you giving you a ride and acts like old friends ... while all this is no where reflected in the personalety or motivations of the Protagonist ... and even if theres a Twist at the end I am not Aware of, the General way of telling and revealing the story is just terrebile and would have made me uninstall it even earlier if it wasnt for the Combo System

wgerardi
wgerardi

@ADO300 @wgerardi  Glad I wasn't the only one. The idea that we are nothing but empty shells without our memories was pretty profound to me. That basically without my memories I no longer exist or have a reason to. Had me thinking hard about the whole pro-life/choice thing and the fact that we aren't REALLY human until we have created these memories. Maybe I was looking too deep into it :P

pip3dream
pip3dream

@wgerardi @ADO300  No way,  there are a lot of us!  This game was incredible.  I couldn't put it down!