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Gearbox Software Acquires Homeworld IP

by Rainier on April 22, 2013 @ 4:00 p.m. PDT

Gearbox Software has prevailed as the highest bidder ($1.35 million) in the acquisition of the Homeworld franchise from THQ.

Gearbox issued the following statement:

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.

Brian intends as first priority to direct Gearbox's interest to preserve and assemble the purest form of the original acclaimed and beloved games, Homeworld and Homeworld 2, with the intent of making them accessible on today's leading digital platforms.

Please visit the Gearbox Software Forums to share with us and Brian what you think should be done with Homeworld moving forward. And, please try to get our attention if you have capability and interest to join the effort in developing or enabling Homeworld's future.

Last month indie developer teamPixel launched a Kickstarter campaign in an effort to acquire the Homeworld IP in the bankruptcy which is now offering fans who pledged a refund.

Homeworld will escape the THQ bankruptcy to a new home, however, that home will not be with teamPixel, LLC. 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. We hope you will join us in supporting Homeworld's new owners in building a future for the franchise.

As promised, we are offering full refunds to all of our generous donors. To facilitate this process, we've established a website where you can verify that we have properly recorded all of your contributions, supply us with any special instructions for your donation, and track your refund. As a special thanks, we would like to offer each and every donor a special credit in our upcoming space RTS game. Yes, this means 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.

Please visit to track your refund using the login credentials sent to your Kickstarter/Indiegogo/PayPal account e-mail.  We will provide donors with 5 business days to send us any special instructions before we automatically attempt a refund to your original PayPal or Amazon Payments account.  In the event that these accounts are unavailable, you must provide us with an address to send a money order (USA donors only) or an accessible PayPal.  Feel free to contact us for any assistance through the refund portal or using

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