In a cramped meeting room hidden amidst dozens of others at Gamescom's very busy business center, three of Dontnod Entertainment's founders were hiding out with the company's art director, Aleksi Briclot. Just before my appointment this afternoon, the quartet were attempting to woo an unnamed publisher with their first project, an action-adventure game named Adrift for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. As seen above, they weren't showing off anything more than a concept art-filled teaser, but I was later told that "half of the game is playable."
What that game is, however, remains to be seen. Creative director Jean-Maxime Moris, formerly an associate producer at Ubisoft, described Adrift as combat-heavy, but refused to go into any specifics. Adding to the game's mystery is its main concept: the year is 2084, you're in "Neo-Paris," and human memories can be sold, bought, and traded. Wait ... what?
"There will be a lot of the memory element, but how you interact with it I'll have to keep a secret for now," Moris teased. And it could be a bit of a wait before we know more -- Moris added that we'll see more in the coming months, but the next big showing won't be until E3 2012.
Adrift is set for a fall 2012 launch window on both Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and, as previously mentioned, has yet to find a publisher. We'll have more info from our meeting with the Dontnod folks soon, but for now we've got several concept shots from art director Aleksi Briclot below.