Paradox Interactive Acquiring Harebrained Schemes

Paradox Interactive announces they are acquiring Harebrained Schemes, saying the BATTLETECH developer will take its place alongside their other internal studios. They offer details on the hows and whys of the move, and promise Harebrained fans who backed BATTLETECH on Kickstarter a free copy of Stellaris as a reward:
Paradox Interactive, a publisher and developer of interactive entertainment, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Harebrained Schemes, LLC, a Seattle-based developer of award-winning games set within genre-defining universes. Harebrained Schemes will now act as an internal studio and division within the Paradox organization, led by its own internal management and creative teams, designing and developing the games that have earned them their outstanding reputation.

Harebrained Schemes was founded in 2011 by industry veterans Jordan Weisman and Mitch Gitelman. Weisman is the creator of many acclaimed game universes including Shadowrun, Crimson Skies, and BattleTech/MechWarrior, and has founded several previous entertainment companies including FASA Corp, Virtual World Entertainment, FASA Interactive, 42 Entertainment, and Wizkids. At Harebrained Schemes, the partners-in-crime assembled a scrappy, talented team and shipped eight titles in seven years including the award-winning Shadowrun Returns series of CRPGs and the recently released turn-based strategy title BATTLETECH, published by Paradox.

“Harebrained Schemes have proven themselves as a world-class studio with a very talented team within a genre where Paradox wants to be present,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive. “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.”

Mitch Gitelman, Harebrained Schemes’ President, added, “Our experience working with Paradox on BATTLETECH was the best of our careers and proved to us that this was a company we would be proud to be a part of. What’s more, we’ve gotten to experience the incredible audience that Paradox has firsthand: the fans who we met at PDXCON in May after having launched our game were so full of enthusiasm and appreciation. We share a deep respect for our audiences, for healthy and collaborative teams, and for the creative process itself -- the fit just works.”

As a token to welcome all fans of Harebrained Schemes to the Paradox family, Paradox will give a complimentary copy of Stellaris, the sci-fi grand strategy game from Paradox Development Studio, to every player who backed BATTLETECH on Kickstarter. For further details on this new arrangement, Wester and Weisman will appear on a live-streamed presentation and Q&A session in the near future on the Paradox Interactive Twitch channel, found at https://www.twitch.tv/paradoxinteractive.
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Red886 wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 12:23:
Numinar wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 04:28:
El Pit wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 02:21:
The BATTLETECH complete edition will be released in... NEVER.


Actually they released the complete, full, super good value version of BATTLETECH on April 24 this year.

Have you played it? It's already a massive, awesome game. Just like CK2 and EU4 were on release. I've lost weeks to it and could probably go a 2nd or 3rd playthrough if not more. Sure there are a few missing MECHS they could cram in there but there were more than enough as is.

I would hope any DLC is oldschool, like the main game, and just add a shorter, tighter new campaign and heaps of QOL improvements and a few units. Micro DLC could also work but I'm not sure if a few bucks for a few MECHS would tickle my fancy unless heavily discounted. Like most Paradox DLC!

question to ask would be "when will be the sequel? 10 years time after dozens of dlc?"

I understand the frustration. I'm not sure what a CK3 would be, they have World of Warcrafted themselves by making a product so big over 6 years with all the enhancements and patches no newly released game could compete with it. What would a new engine have to do to make deprecating previously purchased content worth it?

BATTLETECH could be run in a similar way, as a living product that gets better over time and eventually has multiple factions, start dates spanning 800 years and campaigns to choose from. We don't know what their plans are for it though and it could definitely benefit from advances in rendering, animation and physics in a way that the Paradox map of the world games do not.

But with the fairly static and already mostly complete tabletop ruleset as a base, future separate releases seem pretty reasonable for BATTLETECH as well. Longer line of site ranges and maybe an option to use different tabletop rulesets verbatim would be a bonus and something the current release could possibly be modded with.
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Re: Paradox Interactive Acquiring Harebrained Schemes Jun 6, 2018, 12:23
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Numinar wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 04:28:
El Pit wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 02:21:
The BATTLETECH complete edition will be released in... NEVER.


Actually they released the complete, full, super good value version of BATTLETECH on April 24 this year.

Have you played it? It's already a massive, awesome game. Just like CK2 and EU4 were on release. I've lost weeks to it and could probably go a 2nd or 3rd playthrough if not more. Sure there are a few missing MECHS they could cram in there but there were more than enough as is.

I would hope any DLC is oldschool, like the main game, and just add a shorter, tighter new campaign and heaps of QOL improvements and a few units. Micro DLC could also work but I'm not sure if a few bucks for a few MECHS would tickle my fancy unless heavily discounted. Like most Paradox DLC!

question to ask would be "when will be the sequel? 10 years time after dozens of dlc?"
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"We moved away from publishers and toward indie development/crowdfunding so that we could make exactly the type of games we wanted without oppressive restrictions. This is better for our customers and better for us."

"We moved away from indie development and crowdfunding (despite our great successes) and toward a publisher because *something* *something* cash."
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Re: Paradox Interactive Acquiring Harebrained Schemes Jun 6, 2018, 04:28
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El Pit wrote on Jun 6, 2018, 02:21:
The BATTLETECH complete edition will be released in... NEVER.


Actually they released the complete, full, super good value version of BATTLETECH on April 24 this year.

Have you played it? It's already a massive, awesome game. Just like CK2 and EU4 were on release. I've lost weeks to it and could probably go a 2nd or 3rd playthrough if not more. Sure there are a few missing MECHS they could cram in there but there were more than enough as is.

I would hope any DLC is oldschool, like the main game, and just add a shorter, tighter new campaign and heaps of QOL improvements and a few units. Micro DLC could also work but I'm not sure if a few bucks for a few MECHS would tickle my fancy unless heavily discounted. Like most Paradox DLC!
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The BATTLETECH complete edition will be released in... NEVER.
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Jun 6, 2018, 01:53
 
https://duckduckgo.com/?q=paradox+500+hours&t=ffsb&ia=web

good knowning ya , Harebrained

as long as ppl keep on buying DLCs, there won't be a real incentive to make a sequel
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Jun 6, 2018, 00:05
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I'm never happy when I see a favored dev get bought by a publisher, but on the flipside, HBS has to eat, and Paradox isn't super terrible in my book. Yes, they DLC the shit out of their games, but at least it's by and large good DLC, and the games they release don't feel as if they've had 90% of their features stripped out.

So I hope this will let them build some more cool games in the future.
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Good news, I say. I'd love to see them apply the Stellaris model to Battletech in terms of future content, support and DLC.
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Jun 5, 2018, 21:51
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Damnit. The year I'm not going to GenCon is the year Jordan sells. Would have been able to tell him he can buy dinner this year.
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I feel this is a good move. HBS has been living largely off the largess of KS backers for the past few years, not the most stable of business models. Paradox is a decent publisher. Yes, they do a lot of DLC, but you get value for your money, while they get financial stability in return. And their games, while a bit buggy on launch, are complete games in and of themselves. You don't *need* the DLC to complete the game. This gives HBS some needed stability so they're not living game-to-game.

The only thing I regret is that as a Battletech backer, I just bought Stellaris two months ago.

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Well frak!
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I get The beef about paradox dlc stuff but I get hundreds of hours out of them.. so I think they are worth it. I spend more on cab fare to go get dinner and drinks with friends then dozens of hours from their dlc
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Re: Paradox Interactive Acquiring Harebrained Schemes Jun 5, 2018, 21:08
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There goes another one. It was nice knowing you, HBS, and thanks for BattleTech but I'm not touching any Paradox DLC milking orgy with a ten foot pole. Fuck that publisher. They are shittier than EA by a couple thousand dung heaps at least.

Buh-bye!
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