Brand new Homeworld prequel – Deserts of Kharak – due in January

When Gearbox Software picked up Homeworld, it was quick to announce shiny, remastered versions of the originals. At the same time, the studio also announced plans for an all-new Homeworld game, in the works at Blackbird Interactive. Now, nearly three years later, we’ve been given our first look at the new game. This is Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.

The planet is dying, but deep in the southern sands of Kharak, an anomaly has been discovered. Could Kharak’s salvation lie in the desert? Led by chief science officer Rachel S’jet, the Coalition of the Northern Kiithid sends an expedition deep within enemy-controlled territory to investigate the finding, which could forever alter the fate of humanity.

If you’re wondering, yes. This is the game we once knew as Homeworld: Shipbreakers (and before that, Hardware: Shipbreakers). And while Blackbird Interactive might be a new name, the studio is anything but late to the game. It’s actually made up of veteran Relic developers – some of the original team who created the first Homeworld game, more than 15 years ago.

Rob Cunningham, chief executive officer at Blackbird explains:

When we signed this project in front of the crowd at the 2013 PAX Dev, Randy [Pitchford] spoke about Gearbox’s commitment to quality entertainment and taking risks, and they have fully delivered on that message. All of us at Blackbird are super proud of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, and we owe it to the outstanding team at Gearbox. Words fail to describe how exciting it is to be releasing a new Homeworld game, deepening the story for both existing fans and a new audience alike.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak features:

    Join Rachel S’jet as she leads an expedition to find salvation across an exciting campaign in this prequel from some of the original creators of Homeworld and Homeworld 2.
    Take control of fleets occupying both land and air – from nimble light attack vehicles to massive heavyweight cruisers — and harness the abilities of your forces to conquer the desert.
    Fight your way across dune seas, deep craters, and the vast, hostile canyons of Kharak. In order to succeed, your style of play will have to adapt and change to meet new environments and new challenges.
    Position your fleet to take advantage of the high ground or create ambushes across dune lines in terrestrial combat. Attack your enemies’ resource operations or assault their military head-on.
    Meaningful choices in resource management, fleet composition, and technology research will directly impact your chances of survival.
    Compete solo or with friends to achieve a variety of win conditions. Rise through the ranks to become the most powerful Fleet Captain on Kharak in competitive play.

…and we’ve saved the best for last. Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is not some distant glimmer on the horizon. Even though we’re only learning proper details about it today, the game is less than a month away from you, set for a PC-exclusive release on January 20, 2016.

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