Double Fine Seeking Costume Quest, Stacking Rights
After THQ went belly up, the rights to all the games it published were sold off to the highest bidders. Unfortunately for Double Fine, that meant watching its properties Costume Quest and Stacking get snapped up by Nordic Games.
In an interview with Polygon, Double Fine’s Tim Schafer talked a bit about getting the rights to those games back, and what it would mean to the studio. For him, it’s not about the monetary benefits; it’s about the emotional investment.
“It’s not, like, a lot of money; it’s mostly for us to just tidy up things,” Schafer said. “And also an emotional attachment — more of a mission of Double Fine to own everything that we make. It’s, like, this loose end that kind of bothers me that we’d like to tie up.”
Double Fine does actually own the IPs, but Nordic is currently able to make money off the sale of both games across all platforms. Schafer wouldn’t elaborate on whether or not Double Fine was in negotiations with Nordic to obtain the rights to both games, but did say he might not be the best man for the job because of his attachment to them.
“It’s frustrating when something’s really valuable to you for emotional reasons, and not that valuable to anyone else,” Schafer stated. “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.”
What do you think of Schafer’s statements? Do you hope Double Fine is able to get the rights back to both Costume Quest and Stacking?