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, 13:03
Re: Harebrained Schemes and Paradox Interactive Splitting Oct 18, 2023, 13:03
Oct 18, 2023, 13:03
Numinar wrote on Oct 18, 2023, 07:33:
Lukiopimp wrote on Oct 18, 2023, 04:16:
F Paradox and their DLC spamming. Prison Architect, Cities Skylines, Battletech, Age of Wonders - all ruined for me because of their awful awful DLC policies. No love making games, just making more money. To me I loathe them just as much as Activision or EA. As soon as any indie game gets gobbled up by Paradox, the game goes down the drain, that is my experience.

I thought the battletech DLC was fine. Mostly because the main game was huge and fully featured, and the DLC gravy. Not the kind of gravy one got at full price on release but sure was ncie on sale. Maybe thats the paradox cancer you are talking abou though.

That's because you actually understand how DLC is supposed to work. DLC is *extra*. DLC is *optional*. DLC funds years and years and years of post-release support. I've never understood how people don't understand this and the blind, uninformed vitriolic hatred of Paradox for their DLC policies.

1)Is the base game complete? Yes
2)Is the DLC perpetually on sale? Yes (generally speaking)
3)Does Paradox routinely sell packages of DLC, sometimes including the base game, at the initial release price? Yes. Not every year or anything, but yes.
4)Do Paradox games allow you to play w/ someone who has different portions of the DLC than what you have? Yes.
5)Does Paradox routinely offer Day 1 DLC as a way to pay *LESS* for the game if you don't want certain aspects? Yes. (i.e. you can buy the game for 60 bucks on release if you want certain bells & whistles *OR* you can buy it for 40 bucks and just have unit icons instead of animated soldiers... then you can buy the animated soldiers later for 30 bucks if you want... the option is yours).

Paradox does DLC right.

Do they screw up sometimes? Absolutely. Cuz they do a *LOT* and experimentation means intermittent failure. Sometimes big time failure. But I'll take them every day of the week over virtually every other publisher out there.

What are the options? Either gamers stupidly demand *ALL THE CONTENT* for free, which, well, we're talking gamers here... the most entitled and whiny base out there (aside from maybe Star Wars fans) or you get just the base game and nothing else.

GIve me optional and frequently discounted DLC every day of the week please.

People need to learn to think critically and quit whining about stuff that isn't wrong.

Prison Architect, Cities Skylines... seriously wonderful base games with ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OPTIONAL DLC. See what I mean about the level of entitlement of gamers? People are actually labeling games as "down the drain" because the quality core base game has optional content available. And for this, they get compared to EA and Activision.

Gamers, as a group, disgust me.
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