by Harebrained Schemes LLC
Jun 5, 2018
We just announced some big news today and wanted to share it with you personally.
Congrats! Love that you can focus even more on making awesome Battletech gaming. :)
Super super proud of you guys. Couldn't have happened to a more deserving team.
Congrats! Keep doing what you do well!
As long as you guys are happy... Congratulations. =)
I'd throw a lot of money on a Succession Wars based grand strategy game!
Congratulations! I guess this makes many things easier for you and you can concentrate on what you can do best - make great games for the old-fashioned players out there (like myself)!
Greetings from Germany!
I echo BadgerWI: crossing my fingers for some BT grand strategy!
I be excited to see a paradox Development Battletech game.
I was hoping that you would swing around to go for some more shadowrun next. I appreciate the direct channel and I will continue to follow and support hbs.
Honestly, just happy to see you succeed and grow. I'm sure this also mean earning more for your work over the years - just like in startups, where being bought is the most common way to earn back on your investment for starting your own company and putting your time and money into it - which you really really deserve. I want to see more game makers (in all roles) earning more money for their art and practice, also to make this profession something that is not compromise vs working in "real" high-tech companies.
I think a lot of the fans, some times working with much higher salaries in non-gaming companies because they didn't compromise on their salary and standard of living, tend to forget artist and game makes have as much right to want to earn as much money as they can from making their games, exactly like in all other parts of the industry people are encouraged to find a way to "make it big", push for promotions and raised, open their own companies, etc.
So: Super proud of you guys, super happy for you, and counting on you to make this work with your own original vision and approach under a big company. And yes, they will be some changes, but that's ok.
Yeah, Para-DLCripoff-dox! Well, next stop electronic-gamesasaservice-arts?
Not surprising that most people are not exactly thrilled by this announcement. I love Paradox myself but they leave a lot to make up for in a lot of their policies... Would of liked HBS to do their own thing but I totally understand why they would want to make this move.
Congrats Harebrained! Sounds exciting, and looking forward to the next project to come from the studio!
Will this affect the Linux release in any way?
The number of people putting Paradox in the same category as world eating behemoths like EA, Activision, and Microsoft is bizarre. They aren't even in the same league.
Paradox have a great reputation for being the best kind of publisher to work with. No artistic control, no predatory DLC practices, no $400 special editions that don't include the game... this is good news for the studio and I'm looking forward to seeing where the partnership goes.
I'm so disappointed...Paradox is not a bad company, but they WILL impose their will on you. You don't have to look too much to find that independent devs later regretted to work for big companies like Paradox. EA, Blizzard, etc. Look at what the reputations of the small dev teams have after joining them. Look what work they have to do for them: meaningless games with sequels that just drag down the quality of the frenchise they created...
I really hope this won't be the case with HBS, because I thoroughly enjoy BT for months now. In my oppinion BT deserves to have great success on the long run, after such a long time without a really good try at it with video games. And Paradox is just not it. Working for them as externals would have been a better choice for BT, the community and HBS as well.
Please keep up the quality you put into BT and don't let it fall like so many other frenchises (yes, I'm looking at you CoD, SW Battlefield, all of the Bioware products lately...)
Stay strong and let Paradox hear your oppinion and fight them to give us not OK, not good, but Awesome games as BattleTech is.
So I can now get a Hearts of Iron style Succession Wars Grand Strategy game? :) Keep up the great work!
As long as you keep the DRM free games coming I will keep buying, I am fine with whatever :)
I hope this means we'll get console releases of Harebrained's games. I know Paradox has primarily done PC games, but I would love to see a release of Battletech for console. I backed the game, but sadly, since then, my PC has gone kaput and I haven't had the ability to get another one to replace it, so I haven't been able to play the game. Would be able to do so if it was on PS4.
Also, I'd very love to see more Shadowrun at some point in the future. :)
Battletech is good, but Shadowrun is uniquely attractive.
Honestly, it's not the news I'd like to hear. A small-ish company acquired by a large company always looks like a loss. HBS did fantastic projects while being independent and (at least partially) crowd-funded, I liked it this way very much. Now, I don't know... I sincerely hope they know what they're doing. We'll see what will become of it.
P. S. Anyway, Microsoft's recent acquisition of GitHub is much worse news. :)
Congratulations! Great news, it's going to be such a great partnership, more great things to come!
I love HBS and I love Paradox so... I'm fine with this. Also as long as there is more battletech, I'm happy... I devoured the heck out of that game and I'm ready for more story.
I for one welcome your new publisher overlords!
From what I can tell, Paradox does a really good job as a publisher and I'm sure you know what you're doing. And if it helps you run the business, good for you.
By the way: Thanks for all the great games! I've replayed SR: Hong Kong recently and you really did a great job on those games. I'm also still not done with Battletech and have to say that it's really awesome. Though I've got to say that a tonnage restriction would've made mediums and lights less redundant in the endgame...
I have a bit of a love-hate relationship with Paradox (loved HOI2/EU3/Victoria2, _Hated_ the bugfest that was the HOI3 launch)
I guess I'll wait and see.
Fantastic you have done a well in freeing us of a the logistics of a great game. Look forward to more expanded stories
Excellent news!!... Congrats you guys... and... we all love "more Battletech"...!!
That is Great news.
Congrats guys! Keep on keeping on.
Congratulations, your success with your games has been well earned, I'm thoroughly enjoying Battletech and have been greatly surprised with how well thought out all of the mechanics are and how well it all fits together :).
HBS is part of the Paradox family now. https://www.paradoxinteractive.com/en/paradox-interactive-to-acquire-seattle-based-harebrained-schemes/
Please consider that some of us still consider mail a text medium. Making news video only means that, for some of us, we're just never going to know what you want to say.
Didnt see that coming, best of luck to you...+1 for a Linux version update
Any news on the linux version?
Could there be a TLDW text version for those on mobile?
Yay, MORE BATTLETECH :D
Congratulations guys, you rock and you deserve that appreciation by my favorite publisher!
Good luck for the future <3
Fantastic guys. Congratulations! This should give you just the support you need to focus on your content and creative efforts, with some heavy hitters to bring their experience to the commercial and marketing aspects. It's just what a growing company needs, and is testament to your success and the success of the game. Really pleased for you and excited to see what this will mean for the Battletech game over the coming months and years!
So. When's The Inner Sphere, Grand Strategi coming out?
I'm watching that with wary eyes. It can be for the better or the worse. Future will show, I guess.
Moreover I am looking out for a (polished) Linux release, of course. ^_^
And more Shadowrun.
It seems a lot of commenters here would rather see no post-release support than have to pay for it. Paradox supports their games for decades, and yes they charge you for it. They always make the DLC non-mandatory and throw in content fixes free of charge for those who chose not to buy the new content.
If you were hoping the HBS would continue developing significant content for BattleTech without getting paid for it, I have news for you: that was never going to happen in the first place. Now at least you can make the decision to buy additional content, or just play the game you paid for with any updates and free content that might come your way.
I have to say that I'm really sad about this. I had hoped that lessons had been learned after the takeover of FASA by Microsoft. But that's not been the case.
Going by the history of take overs, it's likely that in 2-5 years all the staff will be made redundant or will have left due to not liking the new course that things will be moved in. I have the utmost respect for Harebrained Schemes. You have made some fantastic games of late with Shadowrun Returns + it's expansions, and the return of Battletech. To see your success become a takeover is quite sad.
If you look at what became of Westwood Studios, Bullfrog, Origin, they all went the same way after X amount of years. And this will be no different. And for that I'm very disappointed. I had hoped to see more Shadowrun related content for the years to come, but I'm very doubtful of that now, or that what we get in the future wont match the quality level and style that has been present in releases so far.
R.I.P Harebrained Schemes. Remember this day in 2-5 years, as this is where it all changed. And not for the better.
I was hoping for Battletech Linux release date, meh... :D
I second Peter's comments below and hope this doesn't signal the death of Linux support. Given my experience with Paradox so far I'm definitely concerned.
Well i guess if you needed a partnership then Paradox was the best option (since CD Project isn´t in the publisher business for others?). Best of luck to you both.
Well I guess that's it for Shadowrun. Microsoft owns the IP and licensed it to HBS, I can't imagine them doing so again now that Paradox is involved. They also own the Battletech IP which they also licensed to HBS until 2020 so expect Paradox/HBS to be cashing in hard and fast on that while they can.
DLC yucky land here you come. Can't believe these guys sold out but at least that explains all the announced DLC battletech.
I guess that's where I part ways with HBS. I don't trust Paradox with anything and Battletech is everything HBS seems to care about these days.
Well, it was pretty cool till it lasted and I'm truly gratefull for the three shadowrun games.