There once was a game called Hardware: Shipbreakers. Made by some ex-Relic developers, it was going to be a free-to-play game. Now that it's got Gearbox money behind it, however, that won't be necessary.
Gearbox boss Randy Pitchford tweeted over the weekend:
@Giolon With our investment, Homeworld Shipbreakers can be a proper commercial release. No need for F2P.— Randy Pitchford (@DuvalMagic) September 2, 2013
As pretty as it looked, the fact Shipbreakers was going to be F2P had hung over it like a black cloud, people concerned at the prospect of junk like microtransactions getting in the way of their strategy.
Good to hear that won't be an issue now.