Back in January interactive media firm teamPixel began a crowdsourced campaign to purchase the rights to Relic's space-themed RTS Homeworld, which it proposed making a mobile remake of and sequel to. Though the campaign met its funding goal, teamPixel was outbid at the auction for the series' rights following then-IP holder THQ's demise. As a result, all backers will be receiving refunds.
"The auction for the Homeworld license ended April 15, 2013, and while we reached qualified bidder status for the bankruptcy auction, we were unable to raise the necessary funds to remain competitive against the other parties at the auction," wrote teamPixel in a Kickstarter update.
So who is the new Homeworld owner? We don't know. TeamPixel suggests the new owner will be announced in the weeks ahead as the acquisition won't be final until around mid-May.
This wasn't a complete failure for TeamPixel as it will be going forward with its own space RTS, but it won't be called Homeworld and will instead be a new IP. All backers from the Homeworld project will be rewarded for their efforts with a credit towards this upcoming Homeworld-esque RTS.
Backers will be able to recoup their refunds through teamPixel's Save Homeworld campaign site.