Relic Reclaims Homeworld
Relic Entertainment owner THQ has acquired the rights to the Homeworld franchise from Vivendi Universal. According to a recently discovered trademark document, the rights to the Homeworld name changed hands August 14, 2007. A similar transfer of the Homeworld: Cataclysm expansion trademark was made the same day. Although it’s not specified, it’s highly unlikely THQ would have bought the name without acquiring the license to use the intellectual property.
Homeworld is a groundbreaking Real Time Strategy title in which players control a vast space fleet, maneuvering their ships on a fully 3D plane. Relic which originally developed Homeworld (1997) was purchased by THQ in 2004 and has gone on to develop Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War (2004) and Company of Heroes (2006).
It logically follows that THQ must have some plans to develop a new game for the series, which fits with its releases of more ambitious hardcore-oriented PC titles than any other publisher such as Iron Lore’s Titan Quest, Gas Powered Games’ Supreme Commander, and GSC Game World’s S.T.A.L.K.E.R.