Please, if you’re just going to post your opinion, don’t. If you’re going to post legal information, legislation, official quotes, etc. then feel free! I’d like for the end of this to be clarification as to the true answer - Not a lock of the thread because it deviated from it’s true purpose and members of the community decided to argue.
With one of my friends (actually, I’d consider him to be a close friend, but that’s probably not reciprocated! ), for the longer of times, we’ve been disputing, debating, discussing, etc. as to whether or not Homeworld: Cataclysm is canon.
Both my friend and myself are both legally-aware, that is to say, we are both aware of the laws and legislation of our area in regards to many topics: One of such areas is IP laws, the rights of content-creators, etc. for just a few examples. However, there is a catch, and that is that he is a resident of the United States (state unknown) and I am a resident of the United Kingdom.
As far as my understanding goes, Homeworld: Cataclysm is canon, and always has been. In my entire career as a Homeworld player, since 1999, I’ve never seen an official statement that Cataclysm is not canon. Throughout those years, upon correcting individuals and groups, I’ve been provided with quotes and other material only to show them that the meaning they see in said material is misconstrued and false.
My belief, in short, is that if a piece of content is officially released then it is automatically canon unless stated otherwise by an official source. If a piece of content is unofficially released then it is automatically fanon unless otherwise stated by an official source (to be canon).
My friend, from what I understand of his views & knowledge, believes that there are caveats to my beliefs above. He believes that, when a piece of content is officially released, it is only canon when an official source states that it is so - Regardless of whether of not it was officially released. Likewise in regards to the current situation, he also believes that once the IP rights of a franchise are transferred to a new owner that all statements in regards to whether or not something is canon are no longer valid, even if they were stated by a previous owner and that new statements must be made by the new owner before anything previously believed-to-be-so may be canon once again; even if it was officially released originally.
I dispute his caveats and his claims, however, I know that our views are reasonably different & justified and that we can only come a resolution if Gearbox Software themselves (or any specifically-authorized employee) makes an official statement.
So, once and for all, I ask the following:
#Is Homeworld: Cataclysm canon?#
Thank you for reading. I hope this can be resolved soon.
“In good faith…”