Double Fine has finally pulled another of its original franchises back under its own wings. Publishing rights for Iron Brigade, the World War I tower defense mech shooter, have been repurchased by the company from Microsoft.
To celebrate, Double Fine has released an update for the game on Steam, adding support for Steamworks-based matchmaking and liberating those looking for multiplayer from the soulless jaws of Games for Windows. Double Fine promises to deliver more support to the game now that it is free to do so without publisher interference.
“The great thing about this change is that now there are no obstacles to us creating the best possible experience for players,” says Iron Brigade creator Brad Muir.
“We have fixed all known issues as well as provided a great matchmaking experience for multiplayer. Vlad and his Monovision Menace are on the move again! In the best possible way!”
This move comes a year and a half after Double Fine regained the rights to Stacking and Costume Quest from Nordic Games, who picked them up in the THQ bankruptcy auction.
Iron Brigade was originally released for Xbox Live back in 2011 to positive praise, and it hit Steam a year later with the support of Microsoft. Fans of Double Fine’s sense of humor will enjoy this game, even if it takes place in the horrible tragedy of World War I.