When Gearbox granted the Homeworld IP to developer Blackbird Interactive they apparently did more than just update the titles name, they fundamentally altered how the game itself would be released. With the added funding for Shipbreakers, Blackbird is heading for a full commercial release of the game and will no longer be Free-to-Play. The news came via a response from Randy Pitchford, President of Gearbox, to a fan on Twitter saying:
“With our investment, Homeworld Shipbreakers can be a proper commercial release. No need for F2P.”
No news on what effect this will have on players who opted to purchase the fairly expensive pre-release packs which contained many items geared towards the Free-to-Play model. An unfortunate turn of events for free-to-play fans awaiting such a promising new title. Would you still be willing to purchase Homeworld: Shipbreakers?