An unexpected move: Take-Two’s indie publishing arm, Private Division, has lost one of the first four announced titles!
The three games that will remain with Private Division are Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey (by the creator of Assassin’s Creed, Patrice Désilets), Disintegration (by the co-creator of Halo, Marcus Lehto), and The Outer Worlds (led by Tim Cain and Leonard Boyarsky, both having previously worked on the original Fallout). The fourth game, which is being made by David Goldfarb (formerly the lead designer of Battlefield 3 and the director of Payday 2), initially announced as Project Wight, reannounced as Darkborn this April, has been taken off the list – The Outsiders, the devs behind Darkborn (which is going to be an action-fantasy game), can now join another publisher.
„Private Division ended our publishing agreement with The Outsiders at the end of last year. We supported the studio financially for several months after ending the deal, and we wish David Goldfarb and the rest of the talented team the very best with the game and their future endeavours,” Private Division’s statement sent to GameSpot reads. We don’t know the official reason behind the split, but the financials might be playing a role here. On their website, all references have been scrubbed, but the publisher’s video still include them.
Anders Patterson, the CEO of The Outsiders, told GameSpot that the Swedish studio will reveal more details after the end of the summer. (Will they self-publish the game?) Their website is not working at the moment, as they are working on a rebranding – their Twitter handle is now @MonsteryGames. Benjamin Cousins, who formerly worked at DICE, announced on his blog that he’s no longer leading The Outsiders (Patterson took over), but he remains with the company as a major shareholder, but he’s now the CEO of another Swedish studio, Isbit Games.
According to the GameInformer preview, in Darkborn, we’ll be chased by a fraction called The Pale Enemy, who uses our race’s corpses for blood rituals. The sixteen-minute gameplay looks good… but we don’t know when the game will launch.
— The Outsiders (@MonsteryGames) February 6, 2019