This week's asset sale of bankrupt publisher THQ has sparked speculation concerning a revival of Relic Entertainment's critically acclaimed Homeworld series.
The Canadian Company of Heroes studio was acquired by Sega in a deal reported to be worth $26 million.
Approached by PCGamesN about whether it had picked up the Homeworld IP along with the studio, the publisher said:
"It is true that Sega took part in the bidding of all shares of THQ Canada Inc. and THQ's IPs related to the titles developed by THQ Canada Inc. Sega won the bid as the court announced and the deal will be closed tomorrow, after which Sega will release detailed information."
Released in 1999, space RTS Homeworld was Relic's first game, and it was followed by a sequel in 2003. If the rights to the IP are still up for grabs, a small interactive media company called teamPixel (which says its has made games on commission) has announced its intention to secure them using proceeds raised through a newly launched crowdfunding campaign.
"We here at teamPixel, LLC are tired of waiting for the next Homeworld game and would like to rally fans together to bring the franchise back," the company says, before going on to outline its ambitions for the series depending on how much money it can raise. The studio would like to re-release the first two games on GOG and Steam, create a Homeworld title for touch devices, and ultimately make Homeworld 3.