Paradox Interactive and Harebrained Schemes Announce Break-Up Stemming From Differences in Creative Priorities

Paradox Interactive and Harebrained Schemes, known for their work on titles such as the Shadowrun trilogy, BATTLETECH, and The Lamplighters League, will be concluding their collaboration starting on January 1, 2024. The decision to part ways is the outcome of a mutual understanding driven by divergent strategic and creative objectives of both entities. Following the separation, Paradox will maintain ownership of The Lamplighters League and other projects created by HBS. Meanwhile, Harebrained Schemes will embark on a quest for fresh publishing, partnership, and investment prospects.

Paradox Interactive acquired the studio in 2018.

“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.”

We’ll keep you updated on the future announcements from these studios.

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