Raoul Barbet is a director working at DONTNOD Entertainment and at DONTNOD since 2011. He is one of the two Creative/Game Directors responsible for the DONTNOD-developed Life is Strange related installments, the original Life is Strange (2015), The Awesome Adventures of Captain Spirit (2018) and Life is Strange 2 (2018). He is also supervising the music department of the developers team.
Raoul Barbet has a background in film and audiovisuals and worked in Canada on projects that were unrelated to the video-gaming industry.
From 2008 to 2010, he worked on Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain as Game Designer/Builder and Motion Capture Technician. This was like a dream come true for Barbet as one of his favorite video games was Fahrenheit by the same studio (released in the United States as Indigo Prophecy). Barbet states: "When I played [Fahrenheit], I knew I wanted to be part of the games industry. It was quite cinematic, and talked about very important social issues. It was a real shock for me."
Joining Dontnod Entertainment in 2011, he worked on their first game Remember Me as Game / Cinematic / Narrative Designer.
Starting from 2013, he's been working on the Life is Strange games as Writer, Co-Director and Designer.
- Raoul has a background in film which heavily influenced the appearance and execution of Life is Strange Season 1.
- Raoul on interactive storytelling: "I find it a lot harder to make a game than a movie, because you have to keep that in mind: interactivity makes things difficult."
- Raoul's cute little dog signature is present on Max Caulfield's pencil case that we first see in Episode 1 in Mark Jefferson's classroom. It is unknown whether he drew it on the pencil case texture himself or whether somebody on the art team drew it on his behalf.
- "Max and Chloe's story is done": Life is Strange devs talk the future, success, and the importance of diversity (January 22, 2016)
- A Completely Spoilers-Filled Interview with the Makers of ‘Life Is Strange’ (January 22, 2016)
- Life is Strange 2 creators explain why they won’t shy away from politics in games (April 21, 2019)
- Co-creative director Raoul Barbet and lead writer Jean-Luc Cano discuss the series' educational themes, its personal inspirations and politicians placing the blame for mass shootings on their medium: "Video games don’t make people violent, our society creates the violence." (August 22, 2019)
- From Chaos: The Aspirational Storytelling of Life is Strange (May 13, 2020).
- Charity Live stream that mentions Raoul's background in film at 01:44:24.
- Jeu vidéo : « L’émotion est plus dure à amener, mais l’interactivité peut la décupler »(June 25, 2018)
- Japanese article (June 19, 2018)
- DÉCOUVREZ NOTRE INTERVIEW DES DÉVELOPPEURS DE LIFE IS STRANGE 2 (August 26, 2018)