Back in 2011, Blackbird Interactive – a company comprised of a number of former Relic employees, announced a game that was a spiritual successor to the beloved grand-scale space RTS, Homeworld; Hardware: Shipwrecked. At the time, THQ still clung to the rights. that game is now officially a Homeworld game.
The game has now been renamed Homeworld: Shipbreakers thanks to a deal between new IP owners Gearbox, and developer Blackbird Interactive. The deal was inked at PAX – and Gearbox will not only offer the rights, they’ll also help with funding.
“These guys have been funded by private equity, but it’s clear it was going to take many millions of dollars more,” Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford said. “We’re giving them the brand and the resources to make this happen,” adding that the guys from Gearbox would rather use their money to make sure Homeworld was done right than blow it all “on a bunch of super cars.”
“Hardware, in all respects, was Homeworld,” Blackbird CEO Rob Cunningham told Polygon. “It looked, sounded and felt the same, but we wanted to take that style and experience further. When [Gearbox] acquired the property, it coincided with when we needed to find a partner.”
Suppose this saves Gearbox from making a new Homeworld themselves – and with everything they’ve3 done that isn’t Borderlands, that could be a good thing. Gearbox will still be releasing digital editions of the first two Homeworld games on whatever platforms they can.
Last Updated: September 2, 2013