In 2013, Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons became one of the indie darlings of that year both commercially and critically coming from Payday developers Starbreeze Studios, and now the popular adventure game will find a new home at 505 Games.
Reports detail that publisher 505 Games has acquired the rights, trademarks, and domains for Starbreeze’s Brothers, with the publisher paying $500,000 to purchase the IP from the studio.
Originally developed by Starbreeze and published through 505 Games in 2013, 505 Games’ president Ian Howe detailed that the acquisition of the title fits within the company’s desire to own its titles in its portfolio with total control over its IP. Howe explained in a statement:
“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.”
Starbreeze CEO Bo Andersson also added that while Brothers will now be under the ownership of 505 Games, Andersson said in a statement that the sale will also allow the studio to flourish onto new projects:
“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.”
Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons is available on PS3, Xbox 360, and PC.