TeamPixel refunds Homeworld backers after auction loss

Fails to secure rights to THQ space franchise

TeamPixel has been forced to refund the $58,644 raised by its Kickstarter campaign after it failed to secure the rights to the Homeworld license at auction, losing out to an unnamed bidder.

"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."

The auction for the THQ property ended April 15, and TeamPixel had hoped to acquire the franchise in order to revive it and bring it to Windows, Linux, Mac, iOS, and Android. Now it will focus on an unlicensed homage to the series.

"As a special thanks, we would like to offer each and every donor a special credit in our upcoming space RTS game. Yes, this means we will still be moving forward with our own Homeworld-inspired space RTS, but under our own intellectual property."

TeamPixel started its Kickstarter campaign on March 4, and secured 1,318 backers. There was also an IndieGogo campaign which raised $13,675, as well as private funding.

Homeworld was originally released in September 1999 by Sierra Entertainment.

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Lets hope we see a great continuation of the home World Series
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John Chalkley Talent Acquisition Lead 5 years ago
The greatest RTS series of all time! So happy to finally hear there is hope for Homeworld 3
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Well its hard to say there is a "homeworld" spin off. Just that some one/group has acquiared the rights. They could even sit on the IP and do naught...hard to say...but well wishes are all we have for now :)
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Edward Buffery Head of LQA (UK), Testronic5 years ago
The first Homeworld is one of the most memorable games I've ever played. Through the excellent musical score and great design and writing, the atmosphere and sense of being the last, lost hope in the vastness of space was incredibly evocative. Now where's that beautiful adagio for strings used when you return to your planet after the initial test flight to see it still burning. Ah yes, here it is:
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The first homeworld, echoes a alternate aspirational history that mankind today might have. It has some strong gnostic elements within whether intentional/un intentional - the journey home to the galactic centre. As such, it may strike a resonance with some
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