Despite crowd-funding thousands of Dollars to purchase the Homeworld IP from THQ's carcass, independent software developer TeamPixel was unable to go toe to toe with the bigger vultures at auction. The studio has thanked backers for their support, and set up a service to return each and every penny.
TeamPixel, who planned to create Homeworld 3 and a mobile iOS version based on fan feedback, attracted $58,644 via Kickstarter and $13,675 through Indiegogo, on top of direct Paypal pledges. However, they still failed to “raise the necessary funds to remain competitive against the other parties at the auction.”
“We hope you will join us in supporting Homeworld’s new owners in building a future for the franchise. We anticipate an announcement of the new owner to be made within a couple weeks and for the sale to be finalized around mid-May. Words cannot describe how honored we are to have been supported by so many in the community."
TeamPixel have offered backers a full refund regardless of how they chose to pledge. Details and tracker are available on the Save Homeworld website.
We assume that SEGA probably crushed the indie outfit to defend the IP, since they're currently the custodians of original developers Relic Games. Whether we'll ever see Homeworld 3 is anybody's guess now.