Take-Two Interactive, the mega-publisher behind the 2K and Rockstar labels, has opened a new publishing division specifically to handle smaller, independent games.
Take-Two already has an initial lineup of Private Division games, all of which are made by teams of veteran game devs, many from the triple-A game industry. An area that, few would disagree with, has given us some quite innovative, interesting but above all else, fun titles to invest in over the past ten years.
Private Division will have its headquarters in NY, although they will have representation in Seattle and Munich, and will continue to respond to Take-Two Interactive Software as an editorial stamp. One is now codenamed Project Wight from The Outsiders studio, an unannounced RPG from Obsidian Entertainment, and an unannounced si-fi FPS from V1 Interactive. And with the continuing rise and growing surge of independant studios and games free from the supposedly-dreaded AAA shackles, Private Division's place looks and sounds not only plausible, but inevitable.
This third pillar of Take-Two Interactive's publishing operation will attempt to hit a corner of the gaming market the massive corporation has not dealt with much up to this point.
None of the games backed by Private Division, excepting Kerbal Space Program's Making History expansion, will be released before March 31, 2019, according to the company.
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Project Wight - this game is an unannounced RPG from The Outsiders, a studio founded by ex-DICE developers (from Sweden) that includes David Goldfard and Ben Cousins.
Amid rising budgets for the biggest blockbuster video games, there has been talk of finding a middle ground between those and the tiny indie games that are becoming more prevalent and numerous.
"This accomplishes a strategic goal of Take Two's, where we're helping to break new IP".