Someone Now Owns Homeworld. But Who?

Someone Now Owns Homeworld. But Who?
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Last week, the rights to Homeworld, a beloved old RTS series by Relic, went under the hammer as part of an auction following the closure of former publisher THQ.

A winner was found. They now have the opportunity to create new entries in a series that’s lain dormant for a decade. It’s just…we don’t know who they are.

Several parties involved in the bidding have revealed that they tried, and failed, to get hold of the series. One of them was a group of fans, which got nowhere near it.

Finishing in third place was, sadly, hardcore PC publisher Paradox, who “would have loved to work on that IP but wish the winners all the best and hope for a great HW3”. Ahead of them was Stardock, the publisher behind Sins of a Solar Empire, the game that’s come closest to any other to matching Homeworld’s scale and ease of control in a 3D space.

So who came first? They’re staying quiet, for now, leaving us free to either hope for the best or prepare for the worst, depending on how nice a day you’re having.

Comments

  • Yeah would be awesome if Relic snuck in and scooped it up. But if they did I’m sure they would have press released it instantly.

  • While I applaud the fans for trying to buy it I am glad they did not get it. Could they have done a good job? Maybe, but without massive amounts of money behind it I feel it could not have possibly done Homeworld justice.

    • I think the money to throw at a title is a pretty big thing, but you’d be surprised at what a community of dedicated fans can throw together. There’s also less chance a community project will make something not true to it’s roots as software developers are wont to do, because money.

      I think it’s better in the long run if a developer has a hold of it, just don’t underestimate enthused/dedicated fans of the series.

  • I am mentally preparing for EA to announce they bought it and are releasing it as a 3rd person QTE filled mess.

    This way I can’t be disappointed in the final game

    • i am going to jinx it by saying it can get worse, they “remake” (read: Butcher) homeworld by making it a madden game, but with motherships and fighters

      OH GOD WHAT HAVE I DONE!

  • Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA Not EA, Not EA

    Please.

  • Well there was a Kickstarter to raise funds to make Homeworld 3 and Homeworld Touch. They are in the process of refunding everyone now because they (teamPixel, LLC) did not win the auction.

    It’s a shame really.. they looked like they had what it would have taken to get a decent game out in the near future. Sadly the auction of this IP was likely gobbled up by a big corporation who will likely sit on it till they are finished working on whatever titles they already have in the pipeline.. so we might see a game in 3 to 5 years from now.. *sigh*

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