It was reported that the Paris based development studio that brought us Remember Me has filed for redressement judiciaire, the French version of bankruptcy on the 31st, but Dontnod CEO Oskar Gulibert has gone on record to say that this isn’t the cause. Instead they have filed for judicial reorganization, a legal status that allows them to shuffle their debt around before reaching the critical point requiring full on bankruptcy while under the purview of an administrator appointed by the French courts.
When pressed on the matter, Dontnod CEO Oskar Gulibert 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 reorganization,” Guilbert asserted to GI.Biz today. “I cannot say that we have no financial difficulties, we have some, but I think that now they are behind us, not in front of us.”
Remember Me wasn’t well remembered by gamers or critics. The game was seen widely as subpar at best, which caused a bit of controversy when the developers put some of the blame on supposed sexist tendencies of gamers, which didn’t help their case. Despite this, Oskar Gulibert says that they may be bought out by a “big partner”, and that one of the next projects is making the rounds with a publisher who is biting.
Capcom would be the first name that comes to mind, as they were the ones who published Remember Me. The problem with that assumption is that they didn’t even bother to mention the game in their most recent financial brief, but there aren’t a whole lot of other choices. They did do some work for the French National Center of Cinematography, accepting € 200,000 for working on a project called “What If…?”, but they aren’t really in the gaming business. Only time will tell if someone is really waiting in the wings to swoop in and save Dontnod from financial ruin.