Fan-favorite indie hit Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is shockingly no longer an indie property. Developer and Publisher Starbreeze sold the property to 505 Games over this past weekend for a grand sum of $500,000 cash. Everything, even the domain name, now belongs to 505 Games.
Starbreeze CEO claims that this is part of his company’s strategy of not wanting to get pinned down to a single IP for its entire existence.
“The sale represents our final transition to the digital strategy. With Brothers we’ve created a strong and critically acclaimed IP, which we now feel can be best nurtured under a new owner. Going forward, we will continue development focused on expansive design, a concept proven with the PayDay franchise. Brothers will continue to generate awe and admiration for the great storytelling standard Josef Fares set under 505 Games watchful eye.”
I gotta say, I respect that. If these guys want to be creative without having to lean on their previous hit, then by all means they should. Well played. President of 505 Games Ian Howe also chimed in to promise a solid future for the title.
“Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is a remarkable game, one of the most affecting games of the last generation and one of which 505 Games has been very proud to be associated. This acquisition reflects 505 Games’ stated strategy of owning and controlling its own IP, and, moreover, IP that can contribute something meaningful to the world of interactive entertainment.”
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons did indeed open a lot of doors on the narrative front for indie gaming, and we can’t wait to see more of what Starbreeze has in line next!