Homeworld IP goes to mystery bidder, not teamPixel

The Homeworld IP has changed hands, no longer resting in the pile of leftovers from the THQ bankruptcy. Unfortunately, we don't know yet who the winning bidder was, just that it wasn't app developer teamPixel.

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The Homeworld IP has changed hands, no longer resting in the pile of leftovers from the THQ bankruptcy. We don't know yet who the winning bidder was, just that it wasn't app developer teamPixel.

The studio had hoped to create a Homeworld Touch game for iOS, bring the original games to digital distribution, and begin work on Homeworld 3.

"Homeworld will escape the THQ bankruptcy to a new home, however, that home will not be with teamPixel, LLC," the developer said in a Kickstarter update (via VG247). "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 had gathered more than $70,000 via Kickstarter and IndieGoGo for the IP bidding. It plans to refund the money to all the people that donated, but will continue development of its space-based RTS under its own IP.

An announcement of the new owner is expected in mid-May, hopefully along with plans the bidder has for the IP. Relic had hinted back in 2008 that it wanted to do a new game in the franchise after THQ had acquired the trademark from Vivendi the year before.

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    April 19, 2013 6:30 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Homeworld IP goes to mystery bidder, not teamPixel.

    The Homeworld IP has changed hands, no longer resting in the pile of leftovers from the THQ bankruptcy. Unfortunately, we don't know yet who the winning bidder was, just that it wasn't app developer teamPixel.

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      April 19, 2013 6:54 AM

      I'm still holding onto a pipe dream that Valve grabbed it.

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        April 19, 2013 6:04 PM

        My heart skipped a beat thinking about what this could mean. But its not gonna happen.

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          April 19, 2013 8:36 PM

          Absolutely nothing but the release of the titles on Steam? I mean, they couldn't make a Homeworld 3. Which, honestly no one should. Update the games to smooth out wrinkles with modern hardware/OSes.

          The unlikeliest would be that the buyer would fix the messup of the extremely limited source release years back, and just actually let loose the engine into the wild. Maybe then we would get a unified executable for HW and HW:C so that we get some of the nice features like time compression from Cataclysm into Homeworld. But that won't happen.

          That's basically what I would have done anyway. Update, Steam+GOG, and engine source release. Then I would have ensured that nothing further ever happened (other than fan stuff), because sometimes it's better to let things be.

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      April 19, 2013 6:55 AM

      Not the kind of news I was hoping for on a Friday morning.

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      April 19, 2013 9:29 AM

      I really want Homeworld 3. I hope Sega got it and gave it back to Relic.

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        April 19, 2013 11:13 AM

        Would Relic do the best job on a new Homeworld game? I wonder about this, and I know not everyone thinks so.

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      April 19, 2013 11:08 AM

      I think the potential of a new Homewold is huge... but it needs a great soundtrack to set the atmosphere. Game soundtracks are mostly banal these days, unfortunately. In the idiotic run to emulate the film industry's washed out generic tripe soundtracks, game soundtracks have also generally become washed out generic tripe. Some smaller games have re-embraced the vastly superior approach that games used to have, but major studios are still trying very hard to excel at producing washed out generic tripe.

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      April 19, 2013 11:10 AM

      MACE?!

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      April 19, 2013 11:26 AM

      I have no way of explaining via an Internet post the amount of RAGE and LUST I am currently feeling at this moment.

      RAGE in that whoever this gift of Homeworld, had better not fuck it up and the thought i:LKJ H:(!IH$H(&$E#HKJLKLLKJLKHHKLhjh (I cannot finish).

      LUST for the image of Homeworld 3. The hope that it will be everything I want it to be. Homeworld 3 could possibly result in me having a vasectomy reversal just so I can impregnate several females, to bear the spawn from my loins.

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      April 19, 2013 11:57 AM

      I was hoping it was Night Dive Studios

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      April 19, 2013 2:15 PM

      It went to a team in China that plans to make it a f2p MMO.

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        April 19, 2013 2:27 PM

        That would suck. At the same time a cross between Homeworld and Eve would be kind of interesting. Massive universe but instead of commanding a single ship have a mothership and a fleet.

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        April 19, 2013 3:17 PM

        All the spaceships will come with androgynous haircuts.

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      April 19, 2013 4:01 PM

      Here's hoping its in good hands.

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      April 19, 2013 4:08 PM

      Zynga got it

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      April 19, 2013 4:32 PM

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