Paradox Interactive are continuing their quest for world domination as they've taken a 100% share of developer Harebrained Schemes.
From the press release:
STOCKHOLM and SEATTLE – June 5, 2018 – Paradox Interactive, a global publisher and developer of interactive entertainment, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire 100% of the shares in Harebrained Holdings Inc, sole owner of Harebrained Schemes, LLC, from Harebrained Bag of Holding Inc. Paradox pays a fixed purchase price of US$7,500,000 at the time of acquisition plus an additional purchase price corresponding to 25% of the acquired business’ earnings before publishing costs over the next 5 years to the extent such earnings exceed the fixed purchase price. The deal is expected to close by Thursday, June 7, 2018.
Hopefully this will be good news for us, since typically Harebrained Schemes has supported Linux quite well. While Paradox Interactive seem like a pretty good publisher, not all their published titles are on Linux of course, but it seems like a good match.
Hopefully soon Harebrained Schemes will deliver on the BATTLETECH Linux port, which has been promised as a high priority on their post-launch roadmap.
So now Paradox Interactive own White Wolf Publishing (World of Darkness, Vampire: The Masquerade and Werewolf: The Apocalypse), Triumph Studios (Age of Wonders series, Overlord series) and Harebrained Schemes (Shadowrun series, BATTLETECH) while having their own development studio as well for their grand strategy games. Perhaps Haemimont Games will be next, given they're already partnered for Surviving Mars.
It feels like they're building up towards something, given they have their own Paradox Launcher now too which is "Coming soon for Linux" according to the download page.
What are your thoughts?