There are two interesting news regarding Plaid Hat Games: after years as part of Asmodee it is fully independent again and Forgotten Waters has been announced.
Colby Dauch, the founder of Plaid Hat Games and now the owner of the studio, has written a blog post about the process that lead to Plaid Hat Games becoming part of Asmodee and now independent again:
Jump forward to 2014. Plaid Hat was experiencing some growing pains. We were struggling to keep up with the immediate success of the Vega/Gilmour hit, Dead of Winter. That’s when the offer came from our French language partner – F2Z Entertainment. F2Z was formed when Filosofia (Canadian distributor and French language game publisher) purchased the publisher Z-Man Games, and they had their eye on their next acquisition, us. I never set out with any intention to sell Plaid Hat Games, but when the offer came in, I agreed to it. I had a variety of reasons for doing so, including a personal life that had its share of turmoil, and the offer was opportune. The fact that I would continue to manage the studio and bring my entire team with me, made it feel like a no-brainer.
A year later in 2015, the French game company Asmodee acquired F2Z Entertainment and with them, Plaid Hat Games. Plaid Hat, and its staff, remained intact through another major transition. In 2018 Asmodee was acquired by European private equity firm PAI Partners. There are a lot of nice things I could say about our time at Asmodee, but I also want to respect the confidentiality of their internal operations. Suffice to say we learned a lot during our time at Asmodee, met some great, supportive folks, and, after being acquired twice, in February of 2020 I finalized a deal that makes Plaid Hat Games an independent studio under my ownership again. While I’m very excited about this, it doesn’t come without a share of grief. Some of our most popular titles are off to other Asmodee studios, who I think will do great work with them, but it means our revenue is no longer at a place that it could continue to support our current staff size.
Plaid Hat Games has released a How to Play-video for their new and highly anticipated adventure book game Aftermath.
Aftermath is an Adventure Book Game in which players take on the role of small critters struggling to survive and thrive in a big, dangerous world. Humans have mysteriously vanished, and the remnants of civilization are quickly being reclaimed by nature and the animals who still remain.
(Source: Publisher description)
The game is expected to get released in October and pre-orders are now open.
Plaid Hat Games has announced Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein, a game based on Mary Shelly’s famous book and set 20 years after the events in the book.
Taking place 20 years after the events in Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Abomination: The Heir of Frankenstein is a game of competitive monster creation for 2-4 players. Each player takes on the role of a scientist racing to construct a viable living being to satisfy the mad obsession of their mysterious benefactor. Strategic placement of assistants across the city of Paris allows you to research scientific findings, charge your Leyden jars and scavenge the local cemeteries and morgues for materials needed to perfect your craft. Once a player succeeds in bringing their creature to life, or after twelve rounds have elapsed, the game ends and the player with the most victory points fulfills Frankenstein’s dark legacy, for good or ill…