Following years of independent work, Aaron Hall and Malfador Machinations announced today the acquisition of the small strategy game developer by Canadian publisher Strategy First. The publisher confirmed it had purchased the intellectual property assets of Malfador and that Aaron Hall had joined Strategy First in a management role to direct the Space Empires franchise. Aaron and Malfador are best-known for their many years spent developing this space strategy game, including Space Empires IV (review
) and Starfury (review
). The series had been mostly sold through online distribution, including a partnership with Sharpnel Games. The next game in the series, Space Empires V
, will be published by Strategy First when it is released in a few months' time.
"We have monitored the consumer acceptance of the Space Empires franchise since entering into an exclusive distribution and publishing agreement with Malfador in early 2005. The remarkable, ongoing sales of existing games and the tremendous, built-up anticipation for the release of Space Empires V give us confidence that the intellectual property we have acquired will have long-term value as the preeminent space genre game franchise.
For more on Aaron Hall's work on his series, we recommend consulting our interview
with him from a few years back.