April 29, 2010

Will There Be A Homeworld III?


Ever since the release of Home­world 2 back in Sep­tem­ber of 2003 fans have been sali­vat­ing over the idea of a sequel.  The Home­world series is eas­i­ly one of the best and most suc­cess­ful PC space strat­e­gy games to date.  The detailed ships, excel­lent musi­cal score, intel­li­gent AI, bal­anced game play and intrigu­ing sto­ry line set Home­world up to be an instant clas­sic.
It was expect­ed with the suc­cess of Home­world II that the Home­world series would be made into a tril­o­gy. Unfor­tu­nate­ly due to mount­ing legal trou­bles and that the fact that the copy­right and intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty were owned by two dif­fer­ent com­pa­nies, Viven­di and THQ, a sequel seemed near impos­si­ble.  In 2007 how­ev­er rumors start­ed to sur­face that the rights were being pur­chased back by THQ.  This was lat­er con­firmed that year by Eurogamer and THQ stat­ing “THQ cur­rent­ly owns Rel­ic, which in turn means that we now have the rights to the Home­world brand, how­ev­er, at this time we have no com­ment on any future games from THQ based on Home­world.”
So what does all this mean?  Is there going to be a sequel?  Lets look at the facts.  THQ went to the trou­ble to PURCHASE the IP from Viven­di.  If a pur­chase was made there should be some intent behind it.  We can assume that there are one of two things are going to hap­pen.  The first and most like­ly is they want­ed to get all the rights back to pro­duce anoth­er game.  It is unlike­ly that a com­pa­ny would ignore a game with a open sto­ry line and strong sales.  The sec­ond, and less like­ly option is they pur­chased the rights to make sure no one pro­duces anoth­er Home­world.
It’s been known for some time that THQ has had a cou­ple of  “hush hush” projects that they have been keep­ing under tight raps.  THQ made the quote “We’re real­ly hap­py the IP has made its way home, and yeah, we’re def­i­nite­ly look­ing at it.”  This is a strong indi­ca­tor that a project is in the works or being heav­i­ly con­sid­ered.
Jonathan Dowdeswell, Rel­ic Exec­u­tive Pro­duc­er when asked about the con­tin­u­a­tion of the Home­world fran­chise said “You can not believe how often I hear this ques­tion, in any case we would love to devel­op Home­world 3!”
Anoth­er rea­son for spec­u­la­tion is the allu­sions of Rel­ic to Home­world III and the fact that Rel­ic has yet to deny and rumors that Home­world III is being pro­duced.
I have the sus­pe­cion that a lot of work is being put into Home­world III and that it will most like­ly be announced this year and is going to blow away the com­pe­ti­tion in the Space Sim RTS genre.  I know many, much like me, are very excit­ed at the idea of a new addi­tion to the Home­world fran­chise.  I will do my best to keep up on any devel­op­ments involv­ing Home­world III and I will post them here as  soon as they become avail­able.  If any­one has any oth­er sourced infor­ma­tion regard­ing the game please send it my way and I will add it to this post.  If you wish to dis­cuss this with oth­ers you can head over to the Home­world III sec­tion in the forums here.

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  2. j - May 2, 2010 12:53 pm

    Inter­est­ing round up of the status/potential. I found this post because I am so hope­ful about a poten­tial Home­world 3, that I have a Google Alert set up for any posts on blogs or forums con­tain­ing “home­world 3”. Over the top, I know. 🙂

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  3. thsoundman - May 2, 2010 4:13 pm

    I myself am hope­ful as well. I loved the first two home­worlds. They were mas­ter­ful­ly made and I can remem­ber many a lan in the dorm where we would spend hours try­ing to defeat AI fleets 😛 We did­n’t suc­ceed alot of the time 😛

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