Double Fine has regained the rights to Costume Quest
and both games will be re-released along with Psychonauts
at retail next
year for Windows and OS X. Here's what went down:
Double Fine Productions
and Nordic Games have announced that Double Fine has reacquired all the
publishing and distribution rights to its games Costume Quest and Stacking.
Additionally, Double Fine has decided to partner with Nordic Games to bring
retail release of Psychonauts, Costume Quest, and Stacking for Windows and Mac
in North America and Europe during the first half of 2014.
"I am pleased that we have regained full control over Costume Quest and
Stacking, following a daring and top-secret midnight raid on the Nordic Games
headquarters in Vienna," said Double Fine president and CEO Tim Schafer.
"We can't wait to partner with Double Fine for this upcoming retail launch of
three of its most excellent games," said Lars Wingefors, owner and CEO of Nordic
Games. "However, I feel compelled to point out that we were happy to transfer
distribution rights for Costume Quest and Stacking back to Double Fine in an
entirely non-secretive and heist-free manner."
Nordic Games previously acquired the distribution rights to Stacking and Costume
Quest upon the bankruptcy of former publisher THQ in early 2013.
"Double Fine is dedicated to controlling its own IP, and we will continue
working to bring all associated rights back in-house whenever possible," said
Double Fine business development VP Justin Bailey, "no matter how many
split-second security system hacks or painstaking tunneling operations we have
"I just want to clarify, again, that we support the right of independent
developers to control their own distribution, and we were pleased to have the
opportunity to work with Double Fine," said Klemens Kreuzer, Managing Director
at Nordic Games. "No heists."
Psychonauts was originally released at retail in 2005, but for years has been
available only through digital distribution. The upcoming retail launch will
mark the first time Costume Quest and Stacking have been available as physical