With The Lamplighters League failing so badly, it’s no wonder Paradox Interacrive is parting ways with its developer. More precisely, due to “strategic and creative” differences, but we know what that means.
Last week we learned that the Lamp Bearers’ Association was a financial failure, so it’s no coincidence They part ways Publisher and developer paths. The Harebrained Schemes team has been a subsidiary of Paradox since 2018, when it paid $7.5 million for the Seattle-based studio that also produced the Shadowrun and BattleTech trilogies.
The two companies will go their separate ways as of January 1, 2024, so Harebrained will once again become an independent studio. Paradox retains the rights to The Lamplighters League and the team’s previous games, as ShadowRun and BattleTech are great IPs.
“We and HBS management have discussed what happens after the release of The Lamlighters League, but a new project or sequel of the same genre does not fit into our plans. Therefore, we decided that a separation would be the best way forward.” – It can be read in the declaration of irony.
The studio is supporting The Lamplighters League until the end of the year as they search for new funders and partners for an “independent future.”