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Gearbox secures rights to THQ's Homeworld franchise

Borderlands dev the highest bidder in final THQ auctions, plans digital re-releases

Borderlands and Aliens: Colonial Marines developer Gearbox Software has emerged from the final THQ IP auction as the highest bidder for the Homeworld franchise.

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It confirmed the news in a statement released today. "Gearbox Software has prevailed as the highest bidder in the acquisition of the Homeworld franchise from THQ," it said. "Brian Martel, Gearbox Software's Chief Creative Officer, has great love and respect for Relic's brilliant, fun and innovative game and personally spearheaded the acquisition."

Specifics on the bid went undisclosed, and finalisation of the deal awaits court approval next month. But Gearbox already has plans for the series.

"Brian intends as first priority to direct Gearbox's interest to preserve and assemble the purest form of the original acclaimed and beloved games, Homeworld and Homeworld 2, with the intent of making them accessible on today's leading digital platforms," said the developer.

"Please visit the Gearbox Software Forums to share with us and Brian what you think should be done with Homeworld moving forward. And, please try to get our attention if you have capability and interest to join the effort in developing or enabling Homeworld's future."

The last of defunct publisher THQ's remaining game properties were auctioned off last week, with bids expected to bring in $6 million to $7 million.

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