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Homeworld franchise bought by Borderlands dev Gearbox

Gearbox Software is the proud new owner of the Homeworld franchise, the developer announced today. Its first move will be to make the "purest form" of spacefaring RTS classics Homeworld and Homeworld 2 available on digital distribution platforms

"Gearbox Software has prevailed as the highest bidder in the acquisition of the Homeworld franchise from THQ," the studio wrote on its news blog. "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."

Homeworld was one of several THQ properties auctioned off in a secondary round of the publisher's bankruptcy proceedings. Darksiders and other prominent THQ licenses were also up for grabs, so we expect to know more soon.

Series creator Relic Entertainment was purchased by Sega. Relic was interested in reclaiming the franchise, according to an interview with Videogamer.

12 comments

  • Morethan3words - April 24, 2013 8:44 a.m.

    Man, I hope *something* is finally done with Homeworld, I miss those games a lot...
  • CUFCfan616 - April 22, 2013 4:41 p.m.

    This is the problem with having administrators auctioning off IPs. They go to the highest bidder, not necessarily to the developer that would do the IP most justice. All we can do now though is wait and see what Gearbox do with Homeworld. The first two are fantastic and long overdue for a sequel. I just hope that they don't pull a Sim City on everyone and alienate the fanbase
  • wadesmit - April 22, 2013 10:52 p.m.

    Scarily, though, looking at all their games, they've never developed an RTS before. It's more than 80% an FPS catalogue, so if they don't hire a new team capable of developing this, or even outsource it privately, I don't see it turning out well. And if they go the route of pushing the franchise into the FPS genre, that would probably end poorly as well, I'd imagine, likely ending up as another bland corridor-shooter in spaceships.
  • wadesmit - April 22, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    Seems a weird match, but if it means we get another Homeworld game, that's good news in my eyes. It's a pity it's not back with its creators, but I suppose that's the way of business nowadays. I hope it's good.
  • TheAsterite - April 22, 2013 11:27 p.m.

    So if it's a generic FPS with no substance would you still say it was good? I'd rather not have another game in the franchise than have a crappy game made by a developer that made Aliens: Colonial Marines bad.
  • wadesmit - April 23, 2013 midnight

    Mneh. I didn't consider that in my first comment. Only now that I've looked at their repertoire do I realise it's a /very/ odd matchup of IP and developer. I'm just craving a new good RTS. I mean, the last one I really enjoyed was RUSE. If there is another /true/ entry into the Homeworld franchise, and it sells well enough it will be a good thing. Even if it gets a mediocre rating, it keeps the game afloat.
  • Bodock - April 23, 2013 12:09 a.m.

    Because the only thing Gearbox has ever done is Colonial Marines and Duke Nukem Forever. Lets forget Borderlands 1 & 2, the Brothers in Arms series, Counter Strike: Condition Zero, as well as a few Half Life expansions. No, all Gearbox is capable of is making bland, awful games.
  • wadesmit - April 23, 2013 12:23 a.m.

    I think you posted that without really considering what I was saying. I haven't even intimated that they produce "bland, awful games". My point (which was plainly made, if you read all my comments first) was that they're an FPS studio. Homeworld is an RTS. It's not hard to see why that wouldn't appear to meld well.
  • mafyooz - April 23, 2013 4:26 a.m.

    I get why you're wary. I'm not a huge player of strategy games but even I thought this was a strange pairing. I love X-Com and Civilisation, and they are two of only strategy heavy games I've ever really got on with, but I wouldn't be entirely comfortable if it was announced that Firaxis had bought the rights to do Borderlands 3.
  • Bodock - April 23, 2013 10:48 p.m.

    Oops, I meant to reply to the first guy's comment. I think I accidentally replied to your comment after refreshing the page.
  • TheAsterite - April 23, 2013 4:41 p.m.

    I'm not mad at the fact they they made a couple bad games. I'm mad by the way they handled it. They release this trailer for Aliens: Colonial Marines that looked great, but when it came time for the final product to be released it looked nothing like they advertised. And I personally don't like Borderlands 1 and 2. The shooting gets awful toward the end of the game and it's filled with groan inducing memes in it's writing.
  • Dave2123 - April 23, 2013 7:50 p.m.

    Homeworld is an RTS, they're not going to make it into an FPS, also, you shouldn't judge people's work on their previous releases. Especially when the studio in question has made some extremely popular games,to not buy a game based on one bad game and slightly misleading marketing is a silly way to think - also, I'm sure they've learnt from their mistakes.

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