Paradox Interactive have been making some rather interesting moves over the last few years, keen to expand their portfolio of games in a meaningful way and cement new partnerships. That saw them purchase RPG publisher White Wolf Publishing from CCP Games in 2015, before acquiring Age of Wonders dev Triumph Studios last year. Now Battletech and Shadowrun developer Harebrained Schemes is being acquired by the company, solidifying their partnership.
Founded by Jordan Weisman and Mitch Gitelman in 2011, they’ve delved into the game universes that Weisman created across his career. That most recently saw them returning to BattleTech/MechWarrior with the first turn-based tactical game set in that universe in a long time.
What this acquisition means for fans is that we can expect Harebrained to now slip into the familiar Paradox Interactive routine for post-release support. This was already suspected, but it can be assumed that they’ll be expanding on BattleTech for quite some time to come with a combination of paid and free updates.
As a golden handshake for all Harebrained Schemes fans that backed BattleTech on Kickstarter, Paradox will be giving them all a complimentary copy of Stellaris.
Do you want some nice quotes from the respective CEOs? Of course you do.
Fred Wester, the outgoing CEO of Paradox Interactive said “Harebrained Schemes have proven themselves as a world-class studio with a very talented team within a genre where Paradox wants to be present. In addition, we really like the studio, the people who run it, and their games; these are all absolute hard criteria for us in any acquisition. Our recent successful launch of BATTLETECH, our first project together, has been a fantastic collaboration, but the possibilities of what we can do together in the long term now that we’ve joined forces — that’s what has us truly excited.”
“Mitch and I started Harebrained to create the kind of story-rich tactical games we loved,” said Jordan Weisman, CEO of Harebrained Schemes, “and for the last seven years, our studio has been fueled by our team’s passion and by the generous support of our fans. As the scale of our games has grown and the marketplace has gotten extremely noisy we felt that HBS needed to team up with a company that could provide us the financial stability and marketing expertise that would allow us focus on what we love doing – making great games and stories.”
Source: press release