Publisher Paradox Interactive and developer Hairebrained Schemes are parting ways next year, the companies announced today.
Harebrained Schemes will no longer be a subsidiary of Paradox Interactive as of January 1st, 2024, and will become an independent company once again. The new split is the result of a mutual agreement.
The new agreement comes from both companies and their strategic and creative priorities, and after the split Harebrained Schemes will seek new publishing, partnership, and investment opportunities. Following the split, Paradox will retain ownership of The Lamplighters League and other games developed by the studio.
“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 Studio Operations Manager Brian Poel added, “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.”