TaleWorlds Entertainment, the team behind the Mount & Blade series, is striking out on their own for the foreseeable future.
There comes a time when every young and wide-eyed game development studio must leave the nest and forge a path for itself. Well, maybe not every developer, but it is the case for Mount & Blade creator TaleWorlds Entertainment. After more than five years working with publisher Paradox Interactive, the team is moving on as an independent (and presumably self-published) developer while it continues work on Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord.
"As of January 31st," Paradox posted in its community forums, "Paradox Interactive will be handing over the reins for Mount and Blade back to the developer, TaleWorlds ... We feel honoured to have fought beside you and at our final parting of ways would bid our farewells with a gift which has automatically been added to your Steam library."
What is this gracious parting gift, you ask? It seems that anyone who owns Mount & Blade on Steam will find themselves invited to participate in the Early Access alpha for Paradox's upcoming Magicka: Wizard Wars, which normally costs at least $13 to buy into. Meanwhile, TaleWorlds is focusing on the development of Mount & Blade II - apparently the series has found a large enough audience that the developers don't need to rely on a large publisher anymore, and hopefully can reap more profit for their hard work by going solo.
Source: Paradox Plaza