Gearbox’s Homeworld Remastered has been completely retooled under hood courtesy of a new patch, with everything from formations to unit stats to the UI tweaked. If you haven’t played in a while, might be worth jumping back in tomorrow when the patch goes live.
In 2007, Rob Cunningham (of Homeworld fame) formed a brand new studio called Blackbird Interactive. By 2009, work had begun on an ambitious new strategy game strongly inspired by Homeworld’s art design and setting. In 2013, everyone working there was laid off.
“It’s Homeworld, but with sand” was my first thought when I saw Deserts of Kharak, a brand new prequel set in the same universe as Relic’s classic space strategy games. After actually playing it, that’s...about the gist of it. Homeworld, but with sand.
Shipbreakers, the first new game in the Homeworld series since the year 2000, has barely been seen since it was first unveiled back in 2011. So it’s both neat—and a little surprising—to finally see some footage of the project.
The Vaygr Battlecruiser, the super capital ship from the classic strategy game Homeworld now has an amazing LEGO version, thanks to One More Brick’s Tim Schwalfenberg.
LEGO builder Tim Schwalfenberg overkilled it again with a giant, amazing-looking fleet of blocky spaceships.
My involvement with Homeworld Remastered can be distilled down to 1.63 GB of data, containing 7,679 files in 1,156 folders.
Playing through Homeworld again after all these years is weird.Here are some other things I jotted down in my notes after playing for a while:
The remastered editions of the two main Homeworld games are out today, introducing a whole new generation to one of the greatest series in modern video games. So there's no better time to appreciate one of the things people love most about them: artist Rob Cunningham's work designing Homeworld's iconic ships.
The Homeworld remastered collection will be out for PC on February 25, Gearbox just announced. Teaser trailer right here.
Relic's space strategy game Homeworld, one of the all-time greats, is getting a long-overdue remake so that it runs properly on modern PCs. Which means aside from prettier spaceships and asteroids, we're also getting prettier cutscenes.
During Gearbox Software's PAX East 2014 panel this morning, fans got a quick peek at the incredibly limited starship that's coming in the equally limited collector's edition of the Homeworld Remastered. So pretty.
Look, I was happy enough that Gearbox was just going to be re-releasing Homeworld so that modern operating systems (and widescreen monitors) could actually play them properly. But that's not what they're doing.
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.
While Blackbird go changing the letterhead of their strategy game from Hardware: Shipbreakers to Homeworld: Shipbreakers, publishers Gearbox are working on their own games in the franchise, namely the HD remakes of the two main Homeworld games. Let's see how they're getting along.