Homeworld fans will be pleased to learn today that the RTS franchise won't go down with THQ. Instead, this rather well-loved series has found a new home at Gearbox Software.
The Borderlands developer won the bid for the Homeworld franchise, making them the new owners as of today. The studio has not revealed the exact amount of their winning bid.
On the official company blog, community manager Chris Faylor attempts to alleviate any concerns Homeworld fans might now have regarding its new owners. In the post, Faylor explains that Gearbox Software's CCO Brian Martel holds the series in high regard, and they'll be doing their best to "preserve" it.
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.
The first Homeworld game came out in 1999 and won recognition for being the first 3D RTS. Two more Homeworld games came out in 2000 and 2003, all developed by Relic Entertainment and published by the now-defunct Sierra Entertainment.