Eurogamer reports that indie developer teamPixel has launched a crowdfunding appeal on Indiegogo to purchase the rights to THQ's cult classic space strategy series Homeworld. While Sega now owns the studio that originally made the game, team Pixel hopes that it can raise some funds to secure the original game and re-release it on Steam and Good Old Games. They would also develop Homeworld Touch, an iOS port of the game. They would also like to make Homeworld 3.
"The THQ bankruptcy has given all of us a massive opportunity to put Homeworld back in the hands of gamers," said teamPixel's lead developer Robert Santos on the Indiegogo page.
teamPixel claims that it has already started work on a prototype for Homeworld Touch:
"We've been testing several prototypes, and we've found the experience to be incredibly immersive and intuitive," said Santos. "It's almost like the games were meant to be played this way!"
The crowdfunding drive aims to raise $50,000 to put towards the purchase of the IP – which will be added to an undisclosed amount of capital the developer has already raised. If the studio is unable to secure the rights from THQ, it promises to give all backers a full refund.
"Without the Homeworld franchise, we have no way to act on our ideas, and so you deserve your money back," said Santos.
Obviously $50,000 is only the bare minimum. They claim it would take approximately $100,000 to bring Homeworld to GoG and Steam; $250,000 to released Homeworld Classic free for its first month; $500,000 to bring the sequels Homeworld 2 and Cataclysm to iOS; and $750,000 to grant a free copy of Homeworld 3 to every contributor.
Currently the campaign has raised a meager $2675 of its $50,000 minimum goal with 14 days left before the campaign's February 6th deadline.