Double Fine's Tim Schafer has said that the developers are looking to reacquire the distribution rights for digital title Costume Quest and Stacking.
Though Double Fine is an independent studio, the distribution rights for those two games were handed over to THQ and are now owned by Nordic Games. Double Fie still own the IPs, so they can iterate upon on either property should they wish, but it means that Nordic receives a slice of any sales made through certain distribution channels.
Schafer has said, though, that the reacquisition of the distribution rights would an emotionally-driven act, rather than a financial one.
“It’s not, like, a lot of money; it’s mostly for us to just tidy up things. And also an emotional attachment – more of a mission of Double Fine to own everything that we make,” he said, chatting to Polygon.
“It’s, like, this loose end that kind of bothers me that we’d like to tie up.”
Schafer did not say whether or not Double Fine is in conversation with Nordic over the rights, but stated that the emotional connection to those games puts the studio at a disadvantage when it comes to negotiating.
“It’s frustrating when something’s really valuable to you for emotional reasons, and not that valuable to anyone else,” he said.
“Because they can still say, ‘Well, how much do you want it for?’ and it’s, like, ‘Aw, you know this isn’t valuable to you.’ It’s valuable to me, but not for business reasons, in a sense.”