With games like Brothers in Arms
, developer Gearbox Software's expertise is clearly in the first-person shooter genre.
That's why after acquiring the Homeworld strategy game franchise
from THQ this year, Gearbox has decided that the best people to make a new Homeworld
would probably be the people who made Homeworld
According to reps for Gearbox, CEO Randy Pitchford announced his studio has struck a deal with Blackbird Interactive
, a Vancouver-based studio founded in 2007 by core members of Relic Entertainment, the studio that created the Homeworld
strategy game franchise.
The announcement was made at the game industry-facing PAX Dev last week. Gearbox will be funding further development of the new game, now to be called Homeworld: Shipbreakers
Since 2010, Blackbird had been developing the game as Hardware: Shipbreakers
, a free-to-play RTS game that would be essentially the spiritual successor to the Homeworld
Gearbox's acquisition of the franchise in April was led by the studio's chief creative officer Brian Martel, a professed fan of the series.
We expect more details from Gearbox later this week, including what the game's business model might be, and prospects for distribution of the game.