Bandai Namco has today announced a partnership with Dontnod Entertainment (Life is Strange, Remember Me) that will result in a new narrative-adventure-based IP.

Although the game is not going to be officially announced until 2018, some baseline details have been revealed, suggesting that it will draw from the developer’s existing experience. Taking place in a fictional (and apparently contemporary, judging by the single piece of released art embedded below) US city, the project will include investigative elements to provide insight “into the psychology of the characters, and giv[e] emotion to the player,” according to Bandai Namco’s VP of marketing and digital, Hervé Hoerdt.

Few other details about the title are currently available, although Hoerdt explained to MCV that the partnership is part of the publisher’s goal to have 50% of its output based on new IPs, in association with third-party studios. The brilliant Get Even and Little Nightmares are the first games to emerge from this new initiative, suggesting that Bandai Namco is carefully selecting unique and interesting projects in an attempt to ensure success.

Dontnod

Despite Dontnod’s standing as a relatively small studio, Hoerdt said that the game will be “triple-A quality,” and will be an emotional experience.

Dontnod is currently developing Vampyr, a supernatural thriller set in London between the World Wars for Focus Home Interactive, and Life is Strange 2 for Square-Enix, though this new project will not affect either of those productions as it is being created by a different set of “senior developers.” The unnamed game has been in the works since 2016 and will have the title, target platforms, release date, and other details revealed some time next year.

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