Harebrained Schemes, Paradox Interactive Ending Partnership
Developer Harebrained Schemes and publisher Paradox Interactive announced that the two companies are ending their partnership effective January 1, 2024. The announcement comes following the recent launch of strategy RPG The Lamplighters League, which has resulted in “disappointing sales” and confirmed layoffs.
Paradox Interactive initially acquired Harebrained Schemes in 2018. The split will see ownership of The Lamplighters League and other games developed by the studio retained by Paradox Interactive, with Harebrained Schemes seeking new publishing and investment opportunities. The two companies provided the following statements regarding the split:
Charlotta Nilsson, COO of Paradox Interactive —
Paradox has refocused its strategy towards its core niches within strategy and management games with endless qualities. 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.
Brian Poel, Studio Operations Manager of Harebrained Schemes —
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. Our studio mission remains the same: to make games that challenge your mind and touch your heart.