Indie dev starts crowd-funding campaign to buy Homeworld IP from THQ

Thursday, 24th January 2013 12:57 GMT By Dave Cook

Homeworld developer Relic Entertainment was bought by Sega as part of THQ’s auction last night. While the studio may have been snapped up by Sega, the Homeworld IP still rests with THQ, that’s the claim of indie team teamPixel, LLC. The company has set up a ‘Save Homeworld’ campaign to fund acquisition of the IP and to make a new game in the series.

You can check out the ‘Save Homeworld’ funding page here, along with a mission statement that reads, “13 years ago, one of the most legendary sci-fi games was released, and the space RTS genre took a giant leap forward in innovation and fun.

“Yet, somehow, nearly 10 years later, fans are still waiting for the next installment of the Homeworld franchise. We here at teamPixel, LLC are tired of waiting for the next Homeworld game and would like to rally fans together to bring the franchise back.

“The THQ bankruptcy has given all of us a massive opportunity to put Homeworld back in the hands of gamers. teamPixel respectfully requests the support of Homeworld fans everywhere in helping us raise funds to acquire the Homeworld franchise from THQ during their bankruptcy.”

Their plan – if successful – is to see the first Homeworld game released on GoG and Steam, to create Homeworld Touch for touch-enabled devices and to make Homeworld 3, the game that never was.

So who are teamPixel? Well, PCGamesN has discovered that it has largely been involved in mobile apps, desktop apps, as well as web design and web development. Games are not the company’s forte, but still they believe themselves to be the right team for the job.

The statement adds that few Homeworld discs remain in the wild, and that it wants to make the game more accessible, doing away with piracy, torrents and other unscrupulous means of obtaining it. The hope is that the campaign will attract newcomers to the series and make the game readily available to all.

The IndiGoGo funding statement also explains that the team has already set about making a prototype of Homeworld touch, and adds, “We’ve been testing several prototypes, and we’ve found the experience to be incredibly immersive and intuitive. It’s almost like the games were meant to be played this way.”

Here’s the proof:

The team says it needs just $50,000 to make all of the above happen. So what do you think? Is this a noble cause? Could it work? Let us know below.



  1. f1r3storm

    I’d rather have Relic doing it.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. RandomTiger

    Indeed, they don’t sound very experienced. Also is buying a IP a good use of crowdfunded money? Why not do a clone game with your own IP like ‘War for the Overworld’

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Fin

    This seems pretty shady. I’d like an official statement from Relic/Sega about who owns the Homeworld IP – Sierra published the first two games, I always assumed it was with them (and hence Acti-Blizzard).

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Fin

    Apparently THQ does own the IP, but this fundraiser (and accompanying video) just rub me the wrong way. Amateurish at best.

    #4 2 years ago
  5. DSB

    @1 Why would you? The Homeworld teams have long since been scattered.

    Which isn’t to say that this is much better. I wish CD Projekt would pick it up, just for the GOG rerelease.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. silkvg247

    I don’t know how this can work. Surely all funders are effectively buying a share of the homeworld IP, assuming the sale went through.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. puppy_flowers

    THQ bought the Homeworld IP from Sierra in 2006 or thereabouts. Relic experimented with an internal Homeworld game (not an RTS) – spending a year on it before it was cancelled. Keep in mind it was never greenlit by THQ but they kept paying the bills – one of the many reasons THQ are where they are now.

    The bulk of the original Homeworld and Homeworld 2 dev teams have long ago left Relic. So even if Relic was to do something with it – it would essentially be a start from scratch.

    #7 2 years ago
  8. wijse

    The cofounder of Relic and several of the original homeworld team members are currently working at Blackbird Interactive! Go check out their homepage and this interview

    #8 2 years ago
  9. TheWulf

    Then I’d want Blackbird to do it. The problem is is that so often we have IPs rescued only to have uninpsired trash based upon them. Homeworld was one of the far too few space games that had genuinely interesting alien races. I wouldn’t want a bad writer to get their dirty, nasty, mundane little mitts on that so that they could make it all uninspired.

    They’d pretty much have to prove that they’ve got some really creative and clever designers and writers on board for me to even consider this. I’d rather let Homeworld die than see it resurrected as a shadow of its former self, with little to do with it story-wise other than the name.

    #9 2 years ago

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