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Save Homeworld campaign fails to secure IP, pledges refunded to backers
Posted: 19.04.2013 10:39 by Simon Priest Comments: 17
Indie studio teamPixel has not managed to secure the Homeworld IP from the THQ auction as of April 15th, as they couldn't remain competitive against the other bidders. Pledged funds will be returned.

The new owner of the space RTS franchise isnít known but is likely to be announced around mid-May, when the IP officially changes hands. teamPixel will now pursue their own space RTS.

The small indie group had proposed a mobile version of the game as well as a full sequel. They produced a working prototype to showcase their work so far.

"The auction for the Homeworld license ended April 15, 2013, and while we reached qualified bidder status for the bankruptcy auction, we were unable to raise the necessary funds to remain competitive against the other parties at the auction," teamPixel posted on Kickstarter in an update.

"...we will still be moving forward with our own Homeworld-inspired space RTS, but under our own intellectual property. We hope all of you will stay in touch and follow us during the production of our game."

You can check out the Homeworld Touch and Homeworld 3 Kickstarter for more information.

Source: Eurogamer
Related games: Homeworld 2 (PC)
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Comments

By SirRoderick (SI Elite) on Apr 19, 2013
SirRoderick
Honestly I don't trust them with that sort of IP anyway, so it might just be for the better...
By nocutius (SI Elite) on Apr 19, 2013
nocutius
That's probably the main reason this failed.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Apr 19, 2013
danfreeman
Pardon my ignorance but could anyone tell me why you do not trust teampixel?
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Apr 19, 2013
herodotus
With attention first being paid to a mobile release one might think that;'s the end of the franchise. However, just look at what 11 Bit Studios did for the PC release of "Anomaly: Warzone Earth" and it's true sequel "Anomaly 2". "Artstanding Mahreen!"

I remember when "Homeworld" was being previewed (I still have 3 of the t-shirts from the promotions in mint condition), and Relic was a new kid on the block with nothing to show for themselves but big promises and some pretty screenshots. This, though was enough to have me make my very first pre-order so I wouldn't write it off just yet.

In those days remember, Relic was an unproven developer with no reputation at all. Just heaps of promise.
*sings*
"From little things, big things grow...."
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Apr 19, 2013
Gale47
Ahhhh... Relic.
I think I'm going to reinstall Dawn of War now.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Apr 22, 2013
herodotus
No they didn't. But back then we did not have this odd phenomenon of Kickstarter, and the various forms it now takes place in. We're going backwards, and fast.
By Kres (SI Elite) on Apr 21, 2013
Kres
Furthermore, can't even buy old Homeworld's anywhere...
By Voqar (SI Core Veteran) on Apr 21, 2013
Voqar
Illegally obtaining software is only an option if you're human trash.
By danfreeman (SI Elite) on Apr 21, 2013
danfreeman
Even if there is no other way of obtaining it? Your thinking is borderline neanderthal Voqar,it`s not like there is any way to give money to the developers of these games anymore so this cannot be counted as piracy.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Apr 22, 2013
FoolWolf
Regarding old Homeworld game:
Check and see if it has become abandon ware - then it is in the grey-zone - of course depending on where you live.
Otherwise it is to put the question to the ones owning the IP or simply go to GOG and request them to try and push it into their catalogue.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Apr 22, 2013
herodotus
EBay...that's where you buy it. Only drawback for the developer, that by purchasing it on EBay the money goes to the seller s it will be second-hand. "Homeworld 2" can still be found here is Aussieland as a cheap retail release, but not the original nor "Cataclysm".

While I don't support piracy/illegal downloading (and yes, there is a difference) and I recognise that you're a software developer Voqar and take issue with this, unless Publishers hop to it and recognise that keeping a back catalogue is important they will always lose out to Torrents. That's just the reality.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Apr 23, 2013
FoolWolf
On the nore that it is Gearbox that takes the control, well, flip a coin for success or disaster. Personally I don't like to entertain the idea of sending any money the Gearbox way...