Harebrained Schemes began making games in 2011, releasing Crimson Steam Pirates and Strikefleet Omega on mobile, and then focused on PC games which combined tactical gameplay with nuanced and engaging stories: Shadowrun Returns, Shadowrun: Dragonfall, Shadowrun Hong Kong and BATTLETECH.

In 2018, after working with Paradox Interactive as our publisher for BATTLETECH, Harebrained Schemes officially joined Paradox as a fully owned subsidiary studio.


HBS has always strived to represent diversity in our games but that also needs to extend into the everyday workings of our studio. After an extended process that included members from across the studio, HBS has committed to the following “North Star” for diversity and inclusion.

HBS is about more than creating great games; we strive to create a game studio where we live our values of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion every day.

Justice – Everyone is treated with fairness and respect. We believe fairness, respect and safety are at the heart of justice and must be present for everyone to have the opportunity to do their best work. HBS is committed to interacting honestly and openly in a way that generates unbiased, consistent, and reliable decisions for everyone.

Equity – Everyone has access to opportunities. We acknowledge that we don’t all start from the same place because advantages and barriers exist in our society. HBS is committed to being adaptable and working with individuals — especially those with marginalized identities —  to help ensure that everyone has the opportunity to grow and contribute.

Diversity – Everyone is valued for the unique experience and perspective they bring. We believe our games and workplace are better when we seek out and support voices from diverse people of different social identities including race, religion, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, and more. HBS is committed to vigorously pursuing and sustaining diversity throughout the organization.

Inclusion – Everyone is welcomed to bring their authentic selves to the workplace and their work. We aspire to create an environment where everyone’s perspectives are considered and their voices are heard and embraced by their co-workers and leaders. HBS is committed to a collaborative and inclusive working environment where everyone feels they are an integral part of the studio.