TeamPixel has been unable to secure the rights to the Homeworld IP, and will refund its crowdfunding backers.
TeamPixel had raised $58,644 through Kickstarter and $13,675 through Indiegogo, as well as an unspecified amount through PayPal, but while this qualified it to enter the bidding for the Homeworld IP when it was auctioned by THQ’s administrators, it did not “raise the necessary funds to remain competitive against the other parties at the auction”.
“We hope you will join us in supporting Homeworld’s new owners in building a future for the franchise. We anticipate an announcement of the new owner to be made within a couple weeks and for the sale to be finalized around mid-May. Words cannot describe how honored we are to have been supported by so many in the community,” the indie team wrote.
Regardless of which platform you used to back the project, teamPixel will offer you a full refund – check in on the Save Homeworld website to track your funds.
TeamPixel had planned to make a Homeworld game for touch devices in addition to Homeworld 3.
Homeworld was developed by Relic, which was picked up by Sega when THQ collapsed. It’ll be interesting to see where it ends up.