And the highest bidder for the classic sci-fi real-time strategy Homeworld IP is… Gearbox Software.
Gearbox is a dev house best known by its notable… first-person shooters (Half-Life expansions, Duke Nukem titles, Borderlands series). Recently, they also developed Aliens: Colonial Marines, or, at least part of it as the story goes. So, it’s unclear why they decided to acquire a classic strategy title now. Most probably they intend to subcontract a studio experienced in developing strategy games for the job?
Gearbox announced the Homeworld IP purchase on their forums:
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.
Please visit the Gearbox Software Forums to share with us and Brian what you think should be done with Homeworld moving forward. And, please try to get our attention if you have capability and interest to join the effort in developing or enabling Homeworld’s future.
So, their first priority is to get the original games accessible on digital platforms, in one form or another. This may mean GOG, Steam or others. Most probably a straight update without major changes.
Naturally, they would theoretically want to do something with the IP other than just putting its games for sale again. And, they do express interest in hearing the community about what “should be done” with the Homeworld franchise in the future.
Well, that could have been worse, I guess. The IP could have been bought by a never heard of studio or by a large corporation with no immediate interest in doing something with the IP. Gearbox’s intentions to: a) put the original game(s) back on sale and b) hear the community about what should be done next, are surely good news.
But, no shooter heresy, please :)Subscribe RSS
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