Gearbox Pledge Resources & IP
Having purchased the Homeworld IP from THQ's carcass several months ago, Gearbox Software has pledged to support the ambitious indie RTS from several ex-Homeworld developers. As such, Hardware: Shipbreakers will receive a cash injection and become an official Homeworld tie-in.
Polygon reports that a deal was brokered last week, with Gearbox creative director Brian Martel preferring to invest in Blackbird Studio's upcoming project rather than frittering money "on a bunch of super cars." Hardware: Shipbreakers will now benefit from a larger dev team thanks to the increased war chest, and evolve into an official sequel in the process. Homeworld: Shipbreakers, no less.
"Gearbox is not in the best spot to make a sci-fi RTS successor," Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford told Polygon when asked what they bring to the deal beyond money. "We've become expert at production and that's where we can help. I mean, we shipped Duke Nukem Forever, we didn't build it but we made sure it came out. And that's a f***ing miracle."
Aliens: Colonial Marines mentions aside, here's hoping that this arrangement will lead to a sensational game. The newly rebranded Homeworld: Shipbreakers promises a staggeringly ambitious free-to-play RTS experience on PCs and tablets, wherein players assume the role of salvage crews battling over valuable wreckage. Behold.
Gearbox are currently looking to release HD versions of Homeworld and Homeworld 2 on digital marketplaces.