Facebook buying oculus feels just like Gearbox buying homeworld
In both cases, you are left wondering why they would do such a thing. And if other companies would have been a better partner and fit.
In the case of the homeworld series, we know that stardock, of sins of a solar empire fame, was trying to buy the franchise, but their pocketbook was not as large as gearbox, and so gearbox won.
Now we are not getting a sequel to homeworld, we are getting a remake in hd. Is that a bad thing? No, but it's more of a retread than a re-imagining of the universe.