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Gearbox Software now owns Homeworld – where do we go from here?

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So Gearbox Software was the highest bidder in the auction for the Homeworld license.

While the identity of the winner was kept confidential until yesterday’s announcement, we already knew who the runners-up were – Stardock, the guys behind Sins of a Solar Empire. And in third place was Paradox Interactive (known for Majesty, Magicka and, most recently, the best trailer of 2013), who graciously conceded defeat via the following tweet –

We finished 3rd in the Homeworld auction; I would have loved to work on that IP but wish the winners all the best and hope for a great HW3

— Fredrik Wester (@TheWesterFront) April 19, 2013

A great Homeworld 3 – now, I don’t know much about Mr. Wester, but he’s rather effectively summed up what every Homeworld fan has wanted since 2003. Of course, since THQ’s tragic demise, question marks hung over the future of the franchise, let alone any possible sequel; now, at least, we’ve got room to hope on both those fronts.

However – and this is the bit that concerns me – is Homeworld in safe hands?

The answer, quite clearly, is no.

 

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Here’s a teaser for Hardware, by the creators of Homeworld

And, really, that alone should be enough to get you to watch it. It’s minimal and pretty bare-bones on actual information, but it certainly looks like there might be something very promising here. The site provides a little more back-story:

Long March Industries (LMI) is a ruthless interstellar megacorporation that owns all rights to LM-27, a mysterious and hostile desert planet littered with the buried wrecks of ancient starships. LMI oversees a galactic gold-rush as prospectors and fortune seekers converge on LM-27 in search of the untold riches buried in its burning sands. In this persistent multiplayer game, players command a fleet of massive vehicles as they explore, salvage and fight for fortune and survival in the world’s first planetary-scale social strategy game.

You can sign up for the beta here.