The Path Ahead
As our Kickstarter winds down, we wanted to give everyone a clear outline of our immediate plans. Specifically, we've been receiving a lot of messages from users who can't use Kickstarter as well as comments from donors asking for more details about the licensing and production of Homeworld.
Can't use Kickstarter?
Since hitting our $50,000 threshold, many have been asking us whether they can still donate to the project if they cannot use Kickstarter. For these fans, we've set up a PayPal donation page at http://savehomeworld.com/donate.html
Any contributions will be enrolled at the appropriate Kickstarter reward tier and will be honored under the same terms as our Kickstarter.
Licensing and Producing the Next Homeworld
As mentioned in our last update, while we've spent the past few months developing and demoing early alpha prototypes of our project, the most immediate step is to participate in the THQ bankruptcy auction for the Homeworld IP so we can bid on the license necessary to release our work to the public. We're finalizing the paperwork for our opening bid which is due April 1st, and will follow-up with a second (and final) response bid due April 15th. In the meantime, we will continue to push forward with development and share our prototypes with you to solicit feedback. We greatly appreciate all of the feedback submitted so far!
As we mention in our Risks and Challenges, our ability to execute our proposed Homeworld project significantly depends on receiving the legal backing from THQ to helm the property in addition to our current development efforts. In the event we are unable to reach a licensing position, we will begin processing refunds to all donors as such a scenario will preclude our work from public, commercial release. (Hopefully, you won't have to visit us in person to try Homeworld: Touch in private!)
Despite a lot of talk to the contrary, there is no precise method for predicting the final auction price of a property that has been inactive for nearly 10 years, especially when differing companies have a variety of creative and financial restrictions determining their bids. If the auction rules in our favor, we will immediately scale-up our efforts for long-term production. Our budgeting renders us self-sufficient under our current crowdfunding as well as other available funds and have no plans for an additional Kickstarter campaign.
Stay tuned for more to come, and thank you again for your generosity!