There has been some excellent news for Homeworld fans in the recent days. After many weeks of tense waiting, and a brief scare that EA would claim the series, Gearbox Software; developers of popular games franchises such as Borderlands and Half-Life, have managed to win the bid over the acquisition of the Homeworld franchise.
So what does this mean now? Well unlike THQ who left it on the shelf to collect dust, Gearbox is starting to ask the fans for ideas to reboot and extend the series further. Some ideas included making the game an MMO, making it moreÂ accessibleÂ onÂ today’sÂ leading digital platforms or just simply reboot the original games again.
Gearbox Software is known to be one of the most popular development companies, churning out memorable franchises such as Borderlands and Brothers in Arms as well as stand alone classics including James Bond: Nightfire and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 3 for the PC platform. Therefore many Homeworld fans are at peace knowing that the franchise is in good hands.
What’s more is, Brian Martel, Gearbox Software’s Chief Creative Officer has great respect for the series and intends as a first priority to direct the company’s interest to preserve and assemble the purest form of the games and make themÂ accessibleÂ to today’s platforms.
So will we see the games on Steam or even Xbox Live or PSN? My guess is possibly, especially with Steam. However there is a spanner in the works. Homeworld:Cataclysm, the stand-alone extension to Homeworld wasn’t developed by Relic. In fact, Relic had no participation in that game whatsoever and decided to exclude it from their canon, but many fans still love it and included it anyways.
Now questions are being asked about if Gearbox Software will redevelop it, but the truth is, because it wasn’t apart of Relic, it wasn’t apart of the contract and therefore it was most likely dissolved with the rest of Sierra and Barking Dog Studios when they became redundant. Nevertheless, new stories could be built around Cataclysm if the demand is great enough, and what’s more Gearbox could initially remake what Homeworld 2 was supposedÂ to be, instead of it’s rushed, plot-hole ridden final form it is today.
However this still doesn’t mean that we will see an upcoming Homeworld game just yet, but on the other hand it’s still better thanÂ neverÂ seeing another game again. I have great promise that Gearbox will one day deliver, and hopefully deliver greatly.