Homeworld 3 Is Coming, Hell Yes

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Twenty years after the release of the first game in the series, we got news today that there’s going to be a third mainline Homeworld game.

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Gearbox announced the title today at PAX West, with development being handled by Blackbird Interactive, the studio behind not just the recent Homeworld Remastered games, but the Homeworld prequel Deserts of Kharak as well.

Here’s the debut trailer:

It’s going to be a full-blooded sequel, carrying on the story from the earlier mainline games (remember, the otherwise-excellent Cataclysm isn’t treated as canon) and promising the return of Homeworld’s signature 3D real-time space combat.

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As someone who loves Homeworld from the very bottom of my heart, this is amazing news, and yet, there’s a weird catch attached to the announcement. Despite Gearbox publishing the game, and that it’s coming from an established studio with a number of successful releases under its belt, Homeworld 3 is going to be crowd-funded.

It’s only very early in development, with the idea being that a campaign on Fig will play a big role in funding the rest of the game’s development. This is from Homeworld 3's announcement press release:

The campaign will allow longtime Homeworld fans to become investors in Fig and participate in the game’s future success. Additionally, investments and pledges will provide a chance to tell the developers what they expect of Homeworld 3 via a backer-only survey. This survey would include things such as its features, priorities, and even what the collector’s edition will include.

I mean...this is Homeworld 3, I’m sure it’ll make millions, but it does raise questions as to why Gearbox isn’t just funding this game outright.

For now, though, I’m just going to soak up the fact Homeworld 3 is coming, and linger for an uncomfortable amount of time over this early concept art for the game.

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Luke Plunkett is a Senior Editor based in Canberra, Australia. He has written a book on cosplay, designed a game about airplanes, and also runs cosplay.kotaku.com.

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dkesserich
DKesserich

I mean...this is Homeworld 3, I’m sure it’ll make millions, but it does raise questions as to why Gearbox isn’t just funding this game outright.

Remastered (which Blackbird wasn’t responsible for, btw. Gearbox did that in-house) and Deserts of Kharak didn’t exactly set the sales charts on fire. A Fig campaign is a pretty good way to go for initial funding.

And if previous Fig campaigns are any indicator, it’s likely that the publishing for Homeworld 3 will get bought out by a big publisher, the Fig investors will get a solid one-time return on their investment, and the new publisher will fund it the rest of the way (hell, that publisher might even end up being Gearbox).

Thing I’m most excited by is based on that concept art it looks like Megaships/Megastructures are a big part of the plan for HW3. Those things are absolutely dwarfing the Mothership (feels almost like an idea for a sequel that I was going to pitch to THQ back in the day where opening the Eye of Arran drew notice of another group of Progenitors from outside the galaxy).