"I don't think there's a better home for it"
We were all caught off guard when none other than Gearbox snaffled up the rights to Homeworld during the THQ auction last year, leaving original developers Relic Entertainment without their own IP. When I caught up with game director Quinn Duffy, he explained that the team are actually rather excited about the acquisition - and that Gearbox has their blessing.
"I think we're excited for them," Duffy told us during an interview at EGX Rezzed, "it's a great IP. It's obviously very near and dear to my heart, I actually started on Homeworld."
"You know, I probably would say there's a little part of me that would have loved to keep it in the family, but at the same time, we've got some great pillars existing with the Company Of Heroes franchise.. That's where my interest and heart really lies in terms of military strategy. I think Homeworld was always this... beautiful thought... but I'm really excited that the fans will get to play it."
"You know, in terms of where it could have gone, I don't think there's a better home for it." chimed in Company Of Heroes producer Greg Wilson. "We're really happy about that."
Relic Games are currently hard at work on Company Of Heroes 2: The Western Front Armies, a standalone expansion including two new armies and brand new maps slated for release this summer. We'll have all the details in our full video interview soon.
Meanwhile, Gearbox aims to release HD versions of Homeworld 1 and 2 before looking at the future of the beloved yet dormant series.