Despite TeamPIXEL’s efforts to raise funds in preparation of competing for the rights of the beloved Homeworld franchise from THQ, they were unfortunately unable to raise enough funds to remain in the auction. Even though their KickStarter was successfully funded (117%) in March 26th, they were unable to win the auction for the IP with the collective amount they had gained (as explained in one of their KickStarter updates).
The Homeworld IP instead was acquired by Gearbox Software (developer of Borderlands and Aliens: Colonial Marines) as the highest bidder. On Gearbox’s website, a short post was written to announce the acquisition of the rights to Homeworld.
Brian Martel, Gearbox’s Chief Creative Officer, allegedly has great love and respect for the series and personally led the acquisition. The contents of the post are as follows:
” Gearbox Software has prevailed as the highest bidder in the acquisition of the ‘Homeworld’ franchise from THQ. Brian Martel, Gearbox Software’s Chief Creative Officer, has great love and respect for Relic’s brilliant, fun and innovative game and personally spearheaded the acquisition.”
“Brian intends as first priority to direct Gearbox’s interest to preserve and assemble the purest form of the original acclaimed and beloved games, ‘Homeworld’ and ‘Homeworld 2’, with the intent of making them accessible on today’s leading digital platforms.”
The post also links to Gearbox’s forums, where fans of the series are encouraged to voice any suggestions on what should be done with Homeworld from here on out.
Though it is saddening that TeamPIXEL didn’t win the auction, I hope Gearbox manage to give the Homeworld series the respect it deserves.
Amongst other things, TeamPIXEL, as well as wanting to bring back the series to Steam and GoG, also wanted to develop the long-awaited sequel Homeworld 3. It’s reassuring that Gearbox are going to focus on brining the series to modern digital platforms, yes, but will they put resources into developing Homeworld 3? I hope so. Many Homeworld fans – such as myself – have been waiting a decade for that sequel.
I recall Homeworld 2 being my first space RTS way back when, and – like any game from a gamer’s childhood – it rests in a dear place in my heart. Since I’ve heard of apparent jeer directed at Gearbox’s latest games (Borderlands 2 and Aliens: Colonial Marines), I’m quite hesitant of Gearbox being able to do the Homeworld IP justice. Having said that, however, they did do a very good job of the Halo PC port. So, I don’t really know how to feel about the future of Homeworld.
Regardless, I will remain optimistic that Gearbox will be able to handle their newly obtained Homeworld IP. I’m interested in seeing what they will do with it. Here’s hoping they do it justice.
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