Grand Theft Auto and Red Dead parent publisher Take-Two Interactive has opened an indie game label and it has some big names lined up for it already. The unit is called Private Division, and it is described as a “developer-focused publisher that empowers independent studios to develop the games that they are passionate about.” The company will also work with studios to help them make their games “critically and commercially successful on a global scale.”
Private Division has an impressive roster already. The company will publish Assassin’s Creed creator Patrice Desilets’ Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey, along with an unannounced RPG from Fallout: New Vegas developer Obsidian Entertainment. Private Division will also publish an unannounced RPG from former DICE developers David Goldfarb and Ben Cousins at their new studio The Outsiders. Halo co-creator Marcus Lehto’s unannounced sci-fi FPS at his studio V1 Interactive will also be published by Private Division. Take-Two acquired the space flight simulator Kerbal Space Program earlier this year, and Private Division is now the game’s publisher.
Take-Two indie boss Michael Worosz said in a statement that the company has been laying the foundation for what would become Private Division for more than two years. “We see a growing number of independent studios in our industry creating high quality games based on new IP, and our focus is supporting these types of developers and projects, and ultimately bringing incredible experiences to gamers around the world,” he explained.
Private Division is based in New York City and has offices in Seattle and Munich. It is Take-Two’s third label, joining Rockstar Games and 2K. You’re going to have to wait a while for Private Division’s first releases, as none of them are currently planned for release until after March 31, 2019.