In the midst of THQ’s demise, it looks like the beloved 3D RTS franchise Homeworld has found a new home at Gearbox. This comes about after the latest round THQ auctions. Gearbox came out as the highest bidder in the auction and has plans to make Homeworld and Homeworld 2 available on today’s leading digital platforms. Here is an official quote from the Gearbox blog:

“Gearbox Software has prevailed as the highest bidder in the acquisition of the Homeworld franchise from THQ. Brian Martel, Gearbox Software’s Chief Creative Officer, has great love and respect for Relic’s brilliant, fun and innovative game and personally spearheaded the acquisition.

Brian intends as first priority to direct Gearbox’s interest to preserve and assemble the purest form of the original acclaimed and beloved games, Homeworld and Homeworld 2, with the intent of making them accessible on today’s leading digital platforms.

Please visit the Gearbox Software Forums to share with us and Brian what you think should be done with Homeworld moving forward. And, please try to get our attention if you have capability and interest to join the effort in developing or enabling Homeworld’s future.”

Homeworld was released way back in 1999 as the first fully three-dimensional real time strategy (RTS) game for the PC. It was developed by Relic Entertainment and published by Sierra Entertainment. The series saw two more releases, Homeworld: Cataclysm (2000) and Homeworld 2 (2003). From my personal experiences with Homeworld 2, the game was absolutely amazing and I truly wish the series had continued into the current generation of RTS games. So I am glad to see Gearbox’s shared that interest.

Sources: Gearbox, Joystiq(1), Joystiq(2), Wikipedia