Gearbox now owns the Homeworld franchise

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Well, that’s it for the lingering remains of THQ, a corpse of a developer that I used to show to kids because I wanted to be cool. The last remaining properties have been auctioned off, and one cult favourite franchise is now going to be calling Borderlands developer Gearbox their home now.

It’s a weird fit for the developer, to be honest. Gearbox is known primarily for their work on the shoot ‘n loot Borderlands series, and their sterling dedication to preserving nostalgia with games such as Duke Nukem Forever and Aliens: Colonial Marines.

Gearbox is more than likely going to be putting out a new Homeworld game then, but this will be their very first strategy title, a genre that is already infamous for having the pickiest of fans.

According to a post on the company website via VG247, Gearbox says that they’re also planning on re-releasing Homeworld 1 and 2, “with the intent of making them accessible on today’s leading digital platforms”.

So how much did it cost Gearbox to acquire that franchise then? A cool $1.35 million. It’s also a muay thai knee to the gut for developer TeamPixel, an indie studio that had plans to bring the franchise to mobile devices as well. I was kind of rooting for them, but unfortunately, money talks.

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How do you feel about Gearbox getting their hands on this revered RTS franchise? Excited or apprehensive? On the one hand, it means that Homeworld won’t be gathering dust anymore, but on the other hand as Geoff pointed out this morning, the only way that this game will get the necessary love that it needs to sparkle, is for it to be renamed Borderlands 3.

Last Updated: April 23, 2013

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