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.
Neat because Homeworld is great! Surprising because we’re not seeing it in a big trailer or magazine feature, but as a technical demonstration at Unite 2015, the big Unity conference that went down in Boston last month (and from which this video was only published today).
Yup. That’s Homeworld alright. While the video is a teaser trailer, there’s some gameplay footage in there too, complete with UI. And...it looks like Homeworld! Only on land. Dirtworld.
If you’re lost (or have just forgotten), Hardware: Shipbreakers was a game announced in 2011 that looked a lot like Homeworld, which was understandable since one of the main guys involved was also an artist on Relic’s classic series. In 2013, Gearbox—who picked up the rights to Homeworld following THQ’s demise—let the Shipbreakers team turn the game into a proper Homeworld title.
Interestingly, Shipbreakers is referred to in the clip as a “prequel sequel” to Homeworld 2.