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Hardware: Shipbreakers becomes official Homeworld title

Hardware: Shipbreakers becomes official Homeworld title

Hardware: Shipbreakers was being developed by some of the members of the original Homeworld team.

Hardware: Shipbreakers, a spiritual successor to iconic PC strategy title Homeworld is set to become an official entry in the franchise.

Gearbox Software, which bought the rights to Homeworld at one of THQs bankruptcy auctions earlier this year for $1.35m, has signed a deal to lend the IP to Blackbird Interactive, the developer behind the in-development title.

Hardware: Shipbreakers was announced earlier this year and is considered a spiritual successor to Homeworld with several members of Blackbird Interactive being members of the original Homeworld team from Relic Entertainment.

As well as lending the rights to the Homeworld series, Gearbox has also pledged financial and production assistance to ensure the game gets completed. Blackbird is now hiring and expanding its team to ramp up production.

These guys have been funded by private equity, but it's clear it was going to take many millions of dollars more,' Gearbox chief executive Randy Pitchford told Polygon. 'We're giving them the brand and the resources to make this happen.'

While this new Homeworld title is being created, Gearbox still intends to release high definition versions of the first two Homeworld games but will not be interfering too much with Blackbird's development process with Pitchford stating that Gearbox is 'not in the best spot to make a sci-fi RTS successor' right now.

During THQ's bankruptcy auctions, Blackbird Interactive did also try to bid on the Homeworld IP but was outbid by Gearbox.

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scott_chegg 2nd September 2013, 10:54 Quote
"Gearbox has also pledged financial and production assistance to ensure the game gets completed."

After the Aliens: Colonial Marines sheenanigans this means nothing.
wuyanxu 2nd September 2013, 11:04 Quote
Great news! :D

Gearbox are not all that bad, they recognised they are not suitable to make the game themselves. With members of original title behind this, it won't be that bad.

Also looking forward to HD remakes :D hopefully on Steam.
Tyrmot 2nd September 2013, 11:07 Quote
Well, this sounds pretty decent of them actually. Great news.
edzieba 2nd September 2013, 11:53 Quote
Good news, but until the plans for it to be free-to-play change, I'm not even able to reach cautious optimism.
adrock 2nd September 2013, 13:56 Quote
I really hope this doesn't go wrong. homeworld was the reason for me building my first PC at 15, and for buying my first 3d capable graphcis card a few months later.

HD remakes would be plenty for me, the original still looked great quite a long time after it's release.
Phalanx 2nd September 2013, 13:57 Quote
I'm not holding out much hope, if I'm very honest.
SuicideNeil 2nd September 2013, 18:57 Quote
Speaking of the Homeworld graphics- I demand someone acquire the rights to G Police and make the 3rd part of that series ( set on Mars after the rogue general escapes... ).
MrJay 2nd September 2013, 19:31 Quote
HW1/2 are my most played games of all time! Bring it : )
Nexxo 2nd September 2013, 21:12 Quote
Coronis Rift, anyone? Or am I betraying my age? :p
Spreadie 3rd September 2013, 09:09 Quote
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Originally Posted by Nexxo
Koronis Rift, anyone? Or am I betraying my age? :p
IFTFY :p
edzieba 4th September 2013, 13:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by edzieba
Good news, but until the plans for it to be free-to-play change, I'm not even able to reach cautious optimism.
UPDATE: According to Randy Pitchfork: "With our investment, Homeworld Shipbreakers can be a proper commercial release. No need for F2P.". Not quite a confirmation that F2P has been ditched, but enough to ugrade to Cautious Optimism.
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