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Homeworld: Gearbox to fund Blackbird’s successor turned sequel

Monday, 2nd September 2013 02:39 GMT By Brenna Hillier

As the new owners of the Homeworld IP, Gearbox has agreed to license the property to and fund the former Relic staffers working on what has just been upgraded from a spiritual successor to true sequel.

Polygon reports Hardware: Shipbreakers has been retitled as Homeworld: Shipbreakers thanks to a deal between Gearbox and Blackbird Interactive.

The deal, which was signed at the developer version of PAX last week, also includes financial backing; although Blackbird is privately funded, it did not have the resources to complete the project, which Gearbox CEO Randy Pitchford said required “many millions of dollars more”. Blackbird is hiring more staff as a result of the financing.

Pitchford said he and Gearbox chief creative officer Brian Martel would rather spend the company’s money on helping Homeworld: Shipbreakers come to life as a quality game than blow it “on a bunch of super cars”, and noted that Gearbox itself is not well-equipped to develop a sci-fi RTS.

Blackbird CEO Rob Cunningham said Gearbox’s acquisition of the Homeworld IP in THQ’s dissolution was timely, occurring just as the team began to think about looking for a partner to complete Hardware. Blackbird had bid for the Homeworld property itself, and struck up a friendly relationship with Gearbox after reaching out to congratulate it on winning.

Gearbox still intends to deliver remakes of the first two Homeworld games.

Since announce, Hardware: Shipbreakers has been an obvious successor to Relic’s Homeworld series, and Blackbird boasts several former Relic employees among its ranks.

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7 Comments

  1. DSB

    That is such a strange move.

    Hardware was obviously a different game…. And F2P, which was unnerving enough on its own.

    #1 11 months ago
  2. rusty_shackleford

    I hope this isn’t another duke nukem forever fiasco for gearbox, they do good work when they care/don’t cut corners.

    #2 11 months ago
  3. GregSolidus

    This is heartening news, Hardware was pretty much Homeworld in everything but name and with Gearbox’s backing this will hopefully keep the game from devolving into a series of EXP boosters and arbitrary advancement trees mean’t to suck money out of you, especially after their founders program sputtered out. Also, it’s so nice to hear a developer say “We don’t know what we’re doing,but we know people who do and we’re hiring them.”.Better still these guys can turn right around and work on Homeworld 3.

    #3 11 months ago
  4. digitalAngst

    I’m honestly glad to hear that Gearbox isn’t directly involved in developing anything Homeworld-related for now *phew*.
    Also, we won’t be seeing another DNF or A:CM for the time being.

    #4 11 months ago
  5. DSB

    … Because usually it works so well when they start delegating?

    There’s all kinds of logic being used here, but I don’t totally get any of it :P

    Then maybe that’s because I’m consumed by fanboy angst.

    #5 11 months ago
  6. The_Red

    WTF!? They changed Hardware into a Homeworld? Seriously?

    #6 11 months ago
  7. TheWulf

    Well then. I honestly don’t think I have more of a reaction than that, for now.

    #7 11 months ago

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