Developer and publisher Paradox Interactive, mostly known for the Cities Skylines, Crusader Kings, Hearts of Iron and helped Harebrained Schemes develop strategy title BattleTech, announced they acquired the latter studio.
In a press release, the studio announced they acquired Harebrained Schemes, allowing them to work as an internal Paradox Interactive studio. CEO of Paradox Interactive Fredrik Wester praised Harebrained Schemes as a “world-class studio with a very talented team,” and mentioned the studio’s capability of helping his studio break into a new genre.
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.
CEO of Harebrained Schemes Jordan Weisman shared Wester’s excitement and is fully ready to help the studio create “story-rich tactical games.”
Mitch and I started Harebrained to create the kind of story-rich tactical games we loved 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 to focus on what we love doing – making great games and stories.
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