Harebrained Schemes and Paradox Interactive Splitting

Harebrained Schemes and Paradox Interactive announce plans to "part ways" following the disappointing launch of turn-based strategy game The Lamplighters League. Paradox acquired the BATTLETECH and Shadowrun developer in 2018, but the two companies will consciously uncouple as of January 1, 2024. Paradox will retain The Lamplighters League IP, and Harebrained will be free to pursue new deals with other publishers. Harebrained will continue to support the game in the meantime. Here's more:
Paradox Interactive (Paradox) and Harebrained Schemes (HBS) – developers of the Shadowrun trilogy, BATTLETECH and The Lamplighters League – have decided to part ways on 1 January 2024. The separation is the result of a mutual agreement, stemming from each party’s strategic and creative priorities. Paradox will retain ownership of The Lamplighters League and other games developed by the studio. HBS will seek new publishing, partnership, and investment opportunities.

“Paradox has refocused its strategy towards its core niches within strategy and management games with endless qualities,” said Charlotta Nilsson, COO of Paradox. “We and HBS’ leadership have been discussing what would happen after the release of The Lamplighters League, but a new project or sequel in the same genre was not in line with our portfolio plans. Hence, we believe that a separation would be the best way forward. We’re very happy that this talented, gifted studio has the chance to continue and can’t wait to see what they will make next.”

“Harebrained Schemes will support The Lamplighters League through the end of the year while we seek funding and partnerships for an independent future in 2024," said Brian Poel, Studio Operations Manager of HBS. “Our studio mission remains the same: to make games that challenge your mind and touch your heart.”
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Oct 18, 2023, 01:34
Re: Harebrained Schemes and Paradox Interactive Splitting Oct 18, 2023, 01:34
Oct 18, 2023, 01:34
Shock wrote on Oct 17, 2023, 21:20:
Primalchrome wrote on Oct 17, 2023, 21:12:
HBS Battletech II Kickstarter. 10/10, would back again.

100% this. Unfortunately, from what I know of Weisman, my guess is Paradox was trying to push him to do Battletech 2 and he didn't want to.

EDIT: Paradox retains ownership of the Battletech game so that suggests Battletech 2 would come from them not HBS

According to what's been discussed prior to today, Paradox doesn't have the rights to make a sequel. HBS pitched Battletech 2 and Paradox declined because the IP licensing was not worth it(so Lamplighters was born). If that's the case, Paradox may have the rights to the original game, but that doesn't mean HBS couldn't get the rights to make a sequel (spiritual as it may be, the naming would still be Battletech oriented)
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