Gearbox CCO wanted more people to “love Homeworld the same way as I have”

Homeworld

By 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.

Source: Polygon

11 comments (Leave your own)

Fuck Gearbox. They aint getting anything from me and I like Homeworld.

 

If this is the same sort of love they showed to the Duke Nukem and Aliens franchises, then quite frankly Homeworld is fucked.

 

The horror that is DNF probably isn’t their fault, Aliens was, but I’ll wait for news that suggests it’s going badly before having a cry about it.

 
Lord_PorkSword

Makena is correct! DNF wasn’t their fault, Aliens was!

The Homeworld games are already solid games so HD versions will only improve them.
What would concern me is if Gearbox tried to make gameplay or lore changes to these games but if they only intend to make the HD then this shouldn’t be an issue.

As for a Homeworld 3 we can only speculate how that will turn out with Gearbox behind the helm…One thing for sure is that it will be an incomplete game that will come with a ‘$ea$on pa$$’ to make it complete… ;P

 

I’m all for a HD remake, just dont touch the game mechanics etc. I replayed it this year with a little reg editing to get the resolution 1440p and it still looks, sounds and feels as good as it did the day i first played it!

at the risk of being unpolular, release the game on GOG and steam, and add a HD pack as DLC ;)

 

Nothing about the existentialist undertones?
Sigh… Talks about how much he loves the the franchise, doesn’t even touch on the fact it’s one of the better pieces of gaming literature.

 

C’mon they are just making it high-def, they can’t possibly fuck that up…right? RIGHT??

 

I already own it, does that mean i have to buy it all over again to get the HD version? I hope there some way i can convert my CD key into a digital version then upgrade to the HD version.

 

Technically the HD remake is a new game so charging for it will be inevitable. Otherwise it makes no financial sense.

I hope they don’t screw it up and Randy has a lot of digging to do to get himself and Gearbox out of the hole they dug with DNF and ACM.

Here’s hoping they can do something other than Borderlands and procedurally generated loot.

 

My problem is weather or not it will be like the recent AoE HD, and be steam locked. :S

 

You’d be crazy to believe anything gearbox says. I’m sure there were articles on how passionate the were for A:CM too

 
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