Strategy specialist Paradox Interactive has acquired Battletech developer Harebrained Schemes.

Harebrained Schemes will now act as an internal studio and division within the Paradox organisation, led by its own internal management and creative teams, designing and developing the games that have earned it an outstanding reputation among strategy gamers.

Harebrained Schemes was founded in 2011 by industry veterans Jordan Weisman and Mitch Gitelman.

Weisman is the creator of many acclaimed game universes including Shadowrun, Crimson Skies, and BattleTech/MechWarrior, and has founded several previous entertainment companies including FASA Corp, Virtual World Entertainment, FASA Interactive, 42 Entertainment, and Wizkids.

Harebrained Schemes has shipped eight titles in seven years including the acclaimed Shadowrun Returns series of cRPGs and the recently released turn-based strategy title Battletech, published by Paradox.

“Harebrained Schemes have proven themselves as a world-class studio with a very talented team within a genre where Paradox wants to be present,” said Paradox CEO Fredrik Wester.

“In addition, we really like the studio, the people who run it, and their games; these are all absolute hard criteria for us in any acquisition.

“Our recent successful launch of Battletech, our first project together, has been a fantastic collaboration, but the possibilities of what we can do together in the long term now that we’ve joined forces – that’s what has us truly excited.”

Harebrained was started to create story-rich tactical games its founders loved, said Harebrained Schemes CEO Jordan Weisman.

“As the scale of our games has grown and the marketplace has gotten extremely noisy we felt that HBS needed to team up with a company that could provide us the financial stability and marketing expertise that would allow us focus on what we love doing – making great games and stories,” said Weisman.

As a token to welcome all fans of Harebrained Schemes to the Paradox family, Paradox will give a complimentary copy of sci-fi grand strategy game Stellaris to every player who backed Battletech on Kickstarter.