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Harebrained Schemes splits off from Paradox, will be independent again in 2024

Paradox acquired Harebrained in 2018, and the pair are breaking up after the tepid performance of Harebrained's new game, The Lamplighters League.

Justin Carter, Contributing Editor

October 17, 2023

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Logo for game developer Harebrained Schemes.

Come January 1, 2024, Paradox Interactive will no longer own Harebrained Schemes. The two companies will end their five-year relationship in what's said to be a "mutual agreement" from both parties regarding "each party’s strategic and creative priorities."

Paradox will keep ownership of Harebrained games such as its newest release, The Lamplighters League. The strategy title released earlier in the month and Paradox wrote it off as a financial loss days after it came out. It reportedly laid off most of Harebrained's staff months prior to the game's launch. 

As it supports Lamplighters through the remainder of the year, Harebrained will "seek new publishing, partnership, and investment opportunities."

Harebrained Schemes' next steps

"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," explained Paradox COO Charlotta Nilsson. "We believe that a separation would be the best way forward."

Harebrained's operations manager Brian Poel affirmed that the developer will pursue "an independent future in 2024" while still "[making] games that challenge your mind and touch your heart."

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Justin Carter

Contributing Editor, GameDeveloper.com

A Kansas City, MO native, Justin Carter has written for numerous sites including IGN, Polygon, and SyFy Wire. In addition to Game Developer, his writing can be found at io9 over on Gizmodo. Don't ask him about how much gum he's had, because the answer will be more than he's willing to admit.

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