Harebrained Schemes, the renowned game development studio known for titles like Crimson Steam Pirates and Strikefleet Omega, has exciting news for its fans and the gaming community. The studio is delighted to announce the return of Mike McCain, the talented Art Director, and Game Director, who played pivotal roles in the development of critically acclaimed games like BATTLETECH and Shadowrun: Dragonfall.
Mike McCain Joins Harebrained Schemes
McCain’s return to Harebrained Schemes is accompanied by the announcement that he will be taking on the role of Executive Producer, leading the development of the studio’s upcoming project.
I’m thrilled to be back in the virtual office with this amazing team,” expressed McCain. “There will be plenty of challenges, but the creative momentum we have around this new project right now is exhilarating. We’re a small crew making something we really believe in, and I can’t wait to share it!
Harebrained Schemes is known for its innovative approach to game development, often producing titles with rich narratives, engaging gameplay, and unique visual aesthetics.
McCain’s previous contributions to BATTLETECH and Shadowrun: Dragonfall have left an indelible mark on the gaming community, making his return a cause for celebration among fans.
Notably, McCain has not only made a mark in the gaming industry but has also ventured into the world of animation and film. His visual development work on Netflix’s Blue Eye Samurai and Sony’s Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse showcases his versatility and creative prowess.
Moreover, McCain has achieved recognition for his role as the Art Director of the Academy Award-winning animated short film, “The Boy, The Mole, The Fox, and the Horse.”
The intersection of McCain’s gaming and animation experience positions him uniquely to contribute to Harebrained Schemes’ next project, promising a fusion of compelling storytelling and visually stunning aesthetics. His artistic sensibilities are expected to play a crucial role in shaping the overall design and atmosphere of the upcoming game.
In addition to overseeing the development of the studio’s new project, McCain will be involved in guiding Harebrained Schemes through a transition back into an indie studio.
McCain’s return coincides with the departure of Founder and Studio Manager Mitch Gitelman, who stepped down at the end of 2023. Gitelman, a driving force behind the studio’s success, will no longer be part of day-to-day operations but will continue to support McCain and the team in an advisory role.