Private Division announces four new publishing partnerships
The games aren’t likely to be published, or revealed, for some time
Take-Two Interactive publishing label Private Division has announced four new publishing agreements with independent developers.
Die Gute Fabrik, Evening Star, Piccolo Studio, and Yellow Brick Games’ future titles will be released under the Private Division label, which has recently published such games such as Roll7’s OlliOlli World, and the Xbox and PlayStation versions of Hades.
In a press statement, Take-Two announced that while all four developers have games in early development, “the first of these titles is not expected to launch until Take-Two’s Fiscal Year 2024.”
“At Private Division we champion the best creative talent in the games industry,” said the label’s head and executive vice president Michael Worosz, “and these four teams and the experiences that they are building represent an array of genres that will appeal to many different gaming audiences.
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“Die Gute Fabrik, Evening Star, Piccolo Studio, and Yellow Brick Games each have their own wildly diverse creative visions, and we’re thrilled to help introduce their games to the world.”
Evening Star, which was founded in 2018 and has offices in Los Angeles, London and Melbourne, is known for its work on Sonic Mania Plus for Sega. They are currently working on an unannounced 3D action platformer using their proprietary Star Engine.
“We are focused on leveraging the team’s unique backgrounds with an aim to develop electrifying experiences charged with our signature sense of style,” said Evening Star CEO Dave Padilla. “Private Division has been a fantastic partner, and their team is equally passionate about our vision. As we grow the studio, we are excited to share more about the new world we are creating.”
Spanish developer Piccolo Studio was founded in 2015 by Alexis Corominas, Jordi Ministral, and Oriol Pujado. The developer is known for its debut title. Arise: A Simple Story. The team is currently developing a new IP.
Piccolo Studio co-founder Alexis Corominas said: “We tell our stories in unique ways, and we’re thrilled to have found a publisher that supports our vision and is equally invested in seeing the story reach a wide audience.”
Copenhagen-based Die Gute Fabrik was founded in 2008 by Nils Deneken and is now led by CEO and Creative Director Hannah Nicklin. It’s best known for 2019 IGF winner Mutazione. Nicklin said of the new agreement: “We’re so thrilled about our next story-driven adventure game and the team we’ve brought together to create it, and we can’t wait to share more down the line.”
Finally, Canada-based Yellow Brick Games was founded by Thomas Giroux, Mike Laidlaw, Jeff Skalski, and Frederic St-Laurent B, veterans of such franchises as Dragon Age, Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six. The team is currently developing what it calls an “ambitious new action RPG”.
“I find myself energized by the challenge of helping build a new studio – full of incredible talent, ambitious ideas, and real focus on our product – while taking risks that might not be possible in AAA game development,” said CCO Mike Laidlaw.
“We want to deliver something special for our debut title, and partnering with Private Division provides our team with the support to create a game that’s truly memorable.”