Starbreeze had a rocky 2018: it was forced to restructure following the sales flop of Overkill’s The Walking Dead (opens in new tab), and began selling off previously-acquired publishing rights, starting with System Shock 3 (opens in new tab). This week, it announced it has sold the rights to 10 Crowns (opens in new tab), the historical 4X strategy game made by Civilization 4 veterans, back to developer Mohawk Games. It bought the rights (opens in new tab) just over a year ago.
In a press release (opens in new tab), the publisher said it had partly financed the development of the game since February of last year, and that it "expects to be fully reimbursed" for these costs. "The title owner Mohawk Games and Starbreeze have now reached an agreement whereby Starbreeze returns the publishing rights for the game to Mohawk and will be able to recoup the development costs at a premium," it said.
Mohawk Games, which previously made Offworld Trading Company, has not yet announced a release date for 10 Crowns, a strategy game in which you'll create the "greatest dynasty in world history". The developer is currently accepting applications (opens in new tab) for private alpha testing.
The studio is led by Soren Johnson, lead designer of Civilization 4, and Dorian Newcomb, art director of Civilization 5.
Thanks, Gamasutra (opens in new tab).