Starbreeze Sells Ownership Of Brothers: A Tale Of Two Sons To 505 Games For $500,000

by Mike Futter on Jan 16, 2015 at 03:29 AM

Recently, we’ve seen developers working to wrestle their intellectual property away from publishers. Double Fine, Harebrained Schemes, and others have worked tirelessly to reclaim rights to their previously published titles.

Today sees that story reversed. Starbreeze AB, developer of Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons has sold the intellectual property rights to the title. The publisher of the title, 505 Games, has agreed to purchase the game for $500,000.

“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,” said 505 Games president Ian Howe in the company’s press release.

According to Starbreeze, Brothers has sold 800,000 copies since its release in August 2013. For more on the title, you can read our review.

[Source: Starbreeze]


Our Take
With the work that so many others have done to reclaim their intellectual property, this move strikes me as odd. I hope that Starbreeze doesn’t come to regret parting ways with Brothers, as it is a wonderful game.