Take-Two Interactive – the gaming giant that owns Rockstar Games and 2K Games – have hit the headlines after trying to lure employees away from the company that they severed ties with. After partnering up with Star Theory Games last August, they paired them up with Private Division to make Kerbal Space Program 2. However, Take-Two didn’t feel things were working, and subsequently cancelled Star Theory’s contract and tried to poach its entire team.
The executive producer of Kerbal Space Program at Private Division, Michael Cook, issued a personal message to all Star Theory Games employees that had been working on the game:
“This was an incredibly difficult decision for us to make, but it became necessary when we felt business circumstances might compromise the development, execution and integrity of the game. To that end, we encourage you to apply for a position with us.”
It seems like Take-Two wanted to purchase Star Theory Games, but they were reluctant. Obviously being rebuffed by a ‘smaller developer’ proved irksome. Call it the cynical practices of a rich corporation, the bottom-line is that Kerbal Space Program 2 was Star Theory’s only source of income. Many of their employees have since taken Take-Two up on their offer, leaving Star Theory Games’ future in doubt.