Homeworld and Homeworld 2 High Definition Remakes Announced
Gearbox has announced plans to release high-definition remakes of Relic Entertainment’s real-time strategy games in spaaaaaace, Homeworld and Homeworld 2. The announcement was made at a panel at PAX Australia earlier today (via Polygon). Gearbox also intends to release the two original games in their unmodified format on digital distribution platforms to the PC.
The company had previously purchased the rights to the Homeworld IP for $1.35 million from THQ following the dissolution of that publisher earlier this April. Gearbox issued a statement to the effect that its chief creative officer, Brian Martel, had “personally spearheaded the acquisition” of the Homeworld license and that the company would make it their highest priority to make the games accessible on Steam and other digital platforms. To acquire the rights to the series, the studio went up against the likes of fans who’d put up their own Kickstarter fund in an attempt to acquire the game.
The original Homeworld was developed at Company of Heroes studio Relic Entertainment and released in 1999. Its sequel, Homeworld 2, came out in 2003. Both titles are exclusive to the PC.