Borderlands developer Gearbox is now master of the Homeworld franchise, having picked up the IP up in the great THQ auction following the publisher’s unfortunate demise. We’ve known for a while that they’ve planned to remaster the original 3D space RTS games – but we’ve not had a look at how it was doing. Until now.
Can you hear it? The siren call of a special edition game, packed with all manner of goodies which haven’t been since 1998 in an oversized box? Space strategy is heating up today, with a new Civilization game taking to the stars. But it won’t be alone when a remastered edition of Homeworld arrives. And it’s going to be sporting a very limited edition when it launches.
One genre that has seen a dip over the last decade, has to be the strategy game. Sure, there’s a few great examples out on shelves now, but they certainly don’t dominate sales like they used to. One of the best such games back then was Homeworld, a cosmic real-time battle amongst the stars. Gearbox has been hard at work remastering the two games. And they sound like old-school ideas with new school visuals.
Back in 2011, Blackbird Interactive – a company comprised of a number of former Relic employees, announced a game that was a spiritual successor to the beloved grand-scale space RTS, Homeworld; Hardware: Shipwrecked. At the time, THQ still clung to the rights. that game is now officially a Homeworld game.
You might remember that Gearbox picked up the rights to the dormant Homeworld franchise from the smouldering embers of THQ. That could be a good or bad thing, depending on whether they treat it like Borderlands, or one of their other franchises. they’re off to a good, if expected start; they’ll be releasing HD versions of the first two games.
While you’re busy sitting contemplating just how badly Gearbox might destroy Homeworld, take a moment to consider the rest of THQ’s library of properties – including Darksiders and Red Faction - most of which have ended up in the hands of Nordic Games. Wait…who?
Well, that’s it for the lingering remains of THQ, a corpse of a developer that I used to show to kids because I wanted to be cool. The last remaining properties have been auctioned off, and one cult favourite franchise is now going to be calling Borderlands developer Gearbox their home now.
Much like explosive diarrhoea, there happens to be bits of THQ everywhere now. The company is dead, and it’s various games and license have been scattered to the winds of other gaming studios and publishers. Well, most of them anyway. THQ still has a few properties left that no one wanted the first time that they had an auction, so they’re going to be trying once again to kick them out the door one more time.
After a chapter 11 brawl to end all brawls, THQ is pretty much dead, with its remains being drawn and quartered. Ubisoft, Sega and Koch Media have snapped up some great properties in the recent auction, but a few games are still looking for a new home. While Darksiders is most likely considered toxic by now, there’s one other franchise that is being left to gather dust. A strategy title that had players looking for a new home in the stars, a revered game that hasn’t been seen in years. That game is Homeworld, and now, you have a chance to save it.