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Gearbox offers highest bid for Homeworld

Tuesday, 23rd April 2013 00:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Pending court approval, Borderlands and Aliens: Colonial Marines developer Gearbox Software is the new owner of the Homeworld IP.

In a post on the company’s website, Gearbox said it plans to re-release both Homeworld and Homeworld 2, “with the intent of making them accessible on today’s leading digital platforms”.

Chief creative officer Brian Martel was the key figure behind Gearbox’s push to acquire the IP, and said in a statement that he has “great love and respect for Relic’s brilliant, fun and innovative game”.

Interestingly the developer has asked fans to visit its forums and express their opinion of what should happen to the property moving forward – and also put out a call for anybody interested in actually working on the franchise.

Gearbox’s acquisition of the Homeworld IP will have to be approved in court, with settlement likely to occur around the end of May if all goes smoothly. It bid $1.35 million for the franchise.

Homeworld is a series of two real-time strategy science fiction titles developed by Relic Entertainment, but left neglected since the last release in 2003. In THQ’s collapse, Relic was purchased by Sega.

Indie developer teamPixel had launched a crowd-funding campaign to try and purchase the Homeworld rights, but was outbid. It had also planned to re-release the two titles and had a touch version up and running. It was graceful in defeat, however, and will probably be happy to see the games back on sale rather than locked up in a back catalogue.

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  1. Fin

    $1.3m doesn’t seem too much for the franchise.
    Would’ve preferred it gone to Sega (w/Relic), hopefully Gearbox’ll do something good.

    #1 1 year ago
  2. DSB

    Just. Don’t. Outsource. It.

    #2 1 year ago
  3. DeVitowned

    It’s fucked.

    #3 1 year ago
  4. Christopher Jack

    I still like gearbox but their recent history in rebooting old franchises leaves a sour feel to this acquisition.

    #4 1 year ago
  5. Phoenixblight

    @4

    They have only went and ‘fixed’ Duke Nukem and only had a year to unfuck what 3d realms had done in 12 years not to mention the part they actually did themself was the best part of the game.

    As far as Aliens go which is not a reboot nor should it even be considered as much they just want that out the door. Its a business first which make money the priority.

    THere is no reason to outsource this game as they own the IP lock stock and barrel.

    #5 1 year ago
  6. Kabby

    Haha. Gearbox. Franchise is done.

    #6 1 year ago
  7. The_Red

    @2
    I don’t know. Say they don’t outsource it. Does their own team have enough experience with the genre? They’ve made nothing but FPS games for ages. Plus, not outsourcing it means another one of their games is being outsourced thanks to stolen money from another publisher.

    In short, I think this is bad news either way.

    #7 1 year ago