Fig users who backed Homeworld 3 during its initial crowdfunding campaign will no longer be able to invest in the game’s potential success or shares, according to a new email that was shared between backers. The email explained that “everything is on track with Homeworld 3’s development” but due to “recent changes at Gearbox”, reservations for investment in the game would no longer be collected or offered.
“We know that this will come as a disappointment to some of you that were waiting to invest in the success of this incredible game,” the email reads.
Unlike other games such as Double Fine’s Psychonauts 2 and InXile Entertainment’s Wasteland 3 that used Fig for crowdfunding and then paid out benefits to users after those studios were acquired by Microsoft, backers were never charged upfront for the chance to purchase shares in Homeworld 3. The intellectual property rights to the Homeworld series were purchased from THQ in 2013 by Gearbox, with that company being acquired by Embracer Group in a $1.3 billion deal.