Gearbox Software has revealed it is the new owner of the Homeworld space RTS franchise.
It paid US$1.35 million (AU$1.31 million) for the rights to the franchise.
While the studio and IP may seem an odd fit, Gearbox chief creative officer Brian Martel apparently “has great love and respect for Relic's brilliant, fun and innovative game”, and personally spearheaded the acquisition.
Martel's aim is to "preserve and assemble the purest form of the original acclaimed and beloved games with the intent of making them accessible on today's leading digital platforms", said Gearbox.
Relic was acquired by Sega, where it is working on Company of Heroes 2.
To get its hands on the franchise, Gearbox outbid teamPixel – which had crowdfunded a Homeworld sequel – as well as Galactic Civilization developer Stardock and Crusader Kings developer Paradox Interactive.