Iron Brigade Summary
Double Fine re-secures rights to Iron Brigade, releases new Steam update that fixes the game's matchmaking service
Double Fine has re-secured the rights to its World War I tower defense shooter Iron Brigade, whichon Xbox back in 2011, and hit the PC a year later. The studio's not only gained the rights to self-publish their game, they've also scooped up the IP itself - I wouldn't be surprised if we see a sequel at some point.
To celebrate the news, Double Fine has releasedto the Steam version of the game, which adds various bug fixes and improvements, and replaces the original matchmaking with Steamworks support.
Tim Schafer has confirmed his studio is "still trying to get the rights" to their bite size properties Stacking and Costume Quest, which were picked up by Nordic Games during the THQ auction.
They're even after Brutal Legend from EA and Iron Brigade from Microsoft. They want to bring full IP and distribution rights "in house." Later in 2013, Double Fine's Kickstarter project releases.
Tim Schafer's development studio, Double Fine, has announced on the official blog that the popular Xbox Live Arcade comedic mech game, Iron Brigade (formerly known as Trenched), will be hitting PC.
The last major retail release by developer Tim Schafer was 2009's Brutal Legend, and since then, his company Double Fine's output has been smaller, digitally distributed titles like Stacking, Iron Brigade and Costume Quest, or developmental age games like Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster and Happy Action Theater. He has not, however, given up on major AAA titles.
Double Fine boss Tim Schafer bemoans how difficult it is to get publishers backing new IP, as they'd prefer something already established and opt for sequels. Going digital helps.
Double Fine has turned away from traditional big projects and instead gone for downloadable titles, like Costume Quest and Stacking. Happy Action Theater made because asking was small.