Pitchford said they will continue to work with publisher 2K on the land of hosts series.
At the investor meeting after the announcement of the acquisition, pitcheford, the boss of gearbox, said they would continue to focus on the development of high-end interactive games with “independent” studios, including working with long-term distribution partner 2K on the “known and planned” land of no ownership.
Asked about ownership of IP ownership in the land of no owner, Pitchford said the series was a gearbox IP, but implied that 2K had “certain rights” on the series.
Games also tells the media GI.biz , the acquisition of debracer will not change the relationship between 2k and gearbox, nor will 2K be the publisher role of the host free IP.
“There are things that we are very good at, some things that others are better at than we are,” Pitchford said. If we are thinking about the land of no lord, we like taking two and 2K very much
Games relations, we are committed to working together through all known and planned work on the land of no owner we are undertaking.
I expect this to continue and we will create new opportunities together… Sometimes some people are the right group to help us maximize the potential of these creative jobs. We are absolutely open to these relationships. “
The CEO also said the appeal of future cooperation with 2K will now be driven by expertise rather than capital.
“Of course, there will be a choice, right now the impetus for this interaction is no longer the capital needed to develop and release products, but more about the expertise and capabilities of relevant partners. Partnerships are an important part of the gearbox story and I don’t think that will stop. “
Asked to clarify ownership of the landless IP, Pitchford said gearbox clearly owned the series, but said the protocol with 2K was a bit complicated.
“We have reached a partnership with take two and agreed on some development rights for this IP. The IP is the gearbox IP: you can read legal text at the bottom of any “land without ownership” product. “