Relic personally thanked Gearbox for buying the game.
By Tim Colwill on July 26, 2013 at 4:35 pm
At a panel at PAX Australia last weekend, Gearbox revealed that it was the passion and persistence of their chief creative officer, Brian Martel, that caused the company to move on the purchase of the Homeworld IP from THQ.
“This is one of those games that for me sort of moved me as brand,” said Martel. “I was impressed with the story and it had some of the best spaceships that I have ever seen, outside of Star Wars. It was that part of it that meant something to me, so I really thought that we should get it out there for the rest of the world.”
“And a lot of folks haven’t had a chance to play it, it has only been on DVD or CD, it has not ever been released digitally.”
Gearbox will be remedying that with the release of high-definition remakes of the games, as well as by releasing the originals through GOG.com.
According to Gearbox’s Randy Pitchford, Relic’s founder Alex Garden personally rang him after the bidding was over to say how grateful he was that a developer had purchased the rights and not a publisher, as well as to pledge his support in any future Homeworld projects.