Paradox Interactive has acquired Seattle-based developer Harebrained Schemes, the studio behind BattleTech, Shadowrun, and Crimson: Steam Pirates.
Paradox has struck a $7.5 million deal to acquire Harebrained Holdings Inc, the sole owner of Harebrained Schemes, which is expected to close by Thursday, June 7.
“Harebrained Schemes have proven themselves as a world-class studio with a very talented team within a genre where Paradox wants to be present,” said Fredrik Wester, Paradox Interactive CEO. “In addition, we really like the studio, the people who run it, and their games; these are all absolute hard criteria for us in any acquisition.
“Our recent successful launch of BattleTech, our first project together, has been a fantastic collaboration, but the possibilities of what we can do together in the long term now that we’ve joined forces — that’s what has us truly excited.”
Mitch Gitelman, co-founder of Harebrained Schemes, added, “Our experience working with Paradox on BattleTech was the best of our careers and proved to us that this was a company we would be proud to be a part of.”
In a similar vein to Nordisk Film’s acquisition of Avalanche Studios, Harebrained Schemes’s internal management and structure will remain unchanged.
BattleTech launched in April, and you can see what we thought about the XCOM-style mech strategy title in our BattleTech review.