SEGA and Interior Night have partnered together in an effort to create a new narrative-driven IP according to a press release.
Interior Night is a UK-based game development studio that was founded in late November 2017. Comprised of developers from Quantic Dream (Heavy Rain, Detroit: Become Human), Slightly Mad Studios (Project Cars), and Sony, the company came together in order to create story-heavy games aimed at mature audiences. The studio is currently working towards building up to a staff of around 20 people for their first project which has yet to be named or announced.
It can be tough out there for indie developers, and it looks like Interior Night will be getting a little help from SEGA through a partnership with them. The industry giant had recently entered into a publishing deal with Two Point Studios, a company similarly comprised of industry veterans that are currently working on a spiritual successor to Theme Hospital called Two Point Hospital. Caroline Marchal (formerly of Quantic Dream) had the following to say about the deal:
“We are very excited to work with SEGA on our first narrative game. SEGA have demonstrated a strong desire to take risks, innovate and work collaboratively with studios. With their help and support, we’re confident Interior Night can deliver a great narrative experience to existing gamers and to a broader audience.” - Caroline Marchal, Interior Night CEOSEGA is equally optimistic about the whole endeavor:
“Signing this deal with Interior Night is another great step for SEGA in terms of working with talented studios whether they’re established or embarking on a new journey whilst exploring our desire to launch new franchises and experiences. We’re really looking forward to working with Interior Night as their combined talents and imaginations evolve into a really strong [narrative-driven] gaming experience.” - John Clark, Executive Vice President of Publishing at SEGA EuropeSEGA has been making an effort to partner up with developers to bring new intellectual property (and potentially, new franchises) to life. In the case of Interior Night, they'll likely be developing a game of a style that SEGA is not really known for. Whatever their first game might turn out to be, we'll likely be waiting for some time until we get some hints as to what the mystery project will be like. If you'd like to read up a bit more on Interior Night, you can head on over to the company's official website.
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