Gearbox Acquires Rights to Homeworld
Gearbox Software has announced plans to acquire the Homeworld franchise from THQ. In a statement today, Gearbox said “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.”
Gearbox plans “to preserve and assemble the purest form of the original acclaimed and beloved games” and aims to make Homeworld and Homeworld 2 “accessible on today’s leading digital platforms.”
In a post on its official site, Gearbox asked fans “to share with us and Brian what you think should be done with Homeworld moving forward.”
Last week, court documents revealed that 17 bids were placed for THQ’s remaining properties. At the time, we heard that Magicka publisher Paradox Interactive had the third-highest bid in the process, while Sins of a Solar Empire publisher Stardock had the second-highest. However, Gearbox president Randy Pitchford tweeted at Stardock CEO Brad Wardell today “you weren’t 2nd, Brad. It was settled live with top 3 bidders and you guys weren’t one of them.”
More results from the auction of THQ’s remaining assets are expected to be announced throughout the day.
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