Gearbox Revealed as Homeworld Mystery Buyer

Last week TeamPixel announced that the effort to crowd source the purchase of the Homeworld series from THQ has failed after it learned that the license had been bought by someone else. The campaign began in January on Kickstarter, with TeamPixel promising to secure the license and make Homeworld 3 for PC, Mac and Linux, and Homeworld Touch for iOS and Android. The developer then refunded backers' contributions.

Today we have learned that the mystery buyer of the popular space themed RTS is Gearbox Software (thanks Wymorence). The company made the reveal in a sort post on its official website. While it did not say how much it paid for the Home World franchise, the post does reveals why Gearbox bought it and what plans they have for it in the short term:

Gearbox Software has prevailed as the highest bidder in the acquisition of the Homeworld franchise from THQ. 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.

Brian intends as first priority to direct Gearbox's interest to preserve and assemble the purest form of the original acclaimed and beloved games, Homeworld and Homeworld 2, with the intent of making them accessible on today's leading digital platforms.

Please visit the Gearbox Software Forums to share with us and Brian what you think should be done with Homeworld moving forward. And, please try to get our attention if you have capability and interest to join the effort in developing or enabling Homeworld's future.

We'll have more on this story as it develops.

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    -Jes- says:

    It's better than seeing it in the hands of Ubi or *shudder* EA.

    Still, the failrate of Gearbox's outsourcing habits does not bode all that well for the franchise's future.

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    Wymorence says:

    That's the thing I see most frequently about it: if Gearbox outsources the game it more than likely will end up horribad. If it's done in-house (like the Borderlands series) it ends up pretty awesome.

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    MaskedPixelante says:

    Yeah, that's pretty much the universal reaction I've been seeing. Forget all the good games they did make, they made a bad Aliens game, which is to say that made AN Aliens game. And really, they didn't even make it, they farmed it out to Time Gate, who turned in that disaster.

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    Cronosonic says:

    Oh dear God no.

    This is possibly the second worst possible outcome, considering Gearbox lost all my respect after the absolute catastrophe that was Colonial Marines. Gearbox can't even make good shooters, how can anyone expect them to live up to the standards of one of the most revolutionary RTS franchises?

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