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post #1 of 20 Old 04-23-2013, 09:56 AM - Thread Starter
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So, in light of THQ's bankruptcy, a bunch of properties were auctioned off and Gearbox grabbed the Homeworld franchise and plans to release the games and pursue a re-launch of the franchise. For those of you who don't know what Homeworld is, it's one of the most highly-regarded if not the most highly-regarded space RTS game series so far. It was a staple of the Windows 3D Gaming era back when PC games came in cardboard boxes and digital downloads were one of those things that sounded awesome but just wasn't possible. Anyway, you can expect Homeworld and Homeworld 2 to hit Steam sometime in the future. No word on the Homeworld: Cataclysm expansion that was done by a third-party company but that one might be part of the deal. Anyone else super-excited?
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The Homeworld series were great strategy games, no doubt about it. I think another hidden gem was Galactic Civilizations, although it's turn based and nowhere near as frantic as Homeworld.
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Yep, I love Gearbox, and I loved Homeworld, I'm hoping they don't mess this up.

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Duke Nukem and Aliens would like to have a word with yall...
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Duke Nukem and Aliens would like to have a word with yall...

Duke was nearly finished when they got ahold of it, all they did was finish the last bit and release it. Aliens was outsourced to a diff company and only the multiplayer was made by GB. That being said, I hope they don't outsource it and focus on it in house.

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Duke took 150 people 18 months to finish. That is not "nearly finished". That is six months short of a full dev cycle. The result is what you get from Gearbox' non-Borderlands "B" team.

Aliens was endlessly mismanaged for six years. The responsibility for that mismanagement and the exceptionally poor quality of the released game rests 100% on Gearbox' shoulders. The game was outsourced because after five years their own internal output was of even worse quality than what they ended up releasing. Again, the result of the non-Borderlands "B" team.

When making Borderlands, Gearbox fires on all cylinders and does fantastic work. Expecting them to do even remotely passable quality work on any other property is simply a masochistic act of hoping for failure so that you can be disappointed. Their track record speaks for itself, regardless of how you try to rationalize it by repeating what PR has somehow convinced you of.

The Borderlands team is not going to make Homeworld. They're busy making Borderlands DLC/3/cash-money. That great "B" team is pretty free though!
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Gearbox announced that they are updating Homeworld 1/2 to use current graphics tech with new models ala Halo: Anniversary Edition and they will release the original games on Steam to go with their updated versions. Still no word on Homeworld: Cataclysm, the game that takes place between 1 and 2.
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I love the Homeworld Series and looking forward to the series continuing.

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The team behind the original game has been given the rights to do a Homeworld sequel. They were working on a game called "Hardware: Shipbreaker" and it has been re-titled "Homeworld: Shipbreaker" after they connected with Gearbox to assist in the rebuilding of the original two Homeworld games. I don't know what the storyline is in relation to the first two games, but the game seems to be a planet-based version of Homeworld that involves salvaging wrecks while fighting off pirates. From the footage, the game very much feels like "Homeworld on a planet" with many of the same design elements and gameplay methods.
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Here's a wee bit of an update. Gearbox has been keeping things on the down-low but they have recently stated that they are using the highest of the high-end hardware to revamp Homeworld 1 and 2 as 4K games. Yes, that's right. 4K. As in UHD. They've gone back to the original talent from the development team and gotten them to help upgrade everything on the A/V side of things so that it looks and feels like Homeworld but with today's graphics tech. I have no idea if they will expand the game to fill out the unused plot points that were left out of the original games due to time and budget, but they might. Still no word on Homeworld: Cataclysm or if they even have the assets to it.
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Homeworld Remastered hits the streets on Feb 25th. Pre-orders are available on Steam for 15% off. Homeworld Multi-player is still undergoing development, so there will be no online component for you unless you decide to get in on the Beta testing - included in the package - at this time. Homeworld Shipbreakers - a game developed by the original Homeworld team - will be a prequel game taking place before the events of Homeworld and will likely be released next year.
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If the game is anything like I remembered it, it would be insane in 3D, especially on a projector. I used to love going into first person mode and watching the epic battles unfold, not to mention the 3D strategy navigation map.
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Homeworld ROCKS!! My fav strategy was to build as many salvage tugs as fighter corvettes and try to steal as many of the other guys ships as I could LOL I loved thos tugs cuz they looked a little like NYC cabs LOL
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Don't forget that these updated versions will give you access to the full array of Homeworld and Homeworld 2 mods and Total Conversions that have been around for years. Babylon 5, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, and others all have mods for you to enjoy.
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lol, an Iron Sky mod would be way over the top. One can only hope.
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Looking forward to release - 2 weeks away.

Any idea if multiplayer will be auto-added when finished? Or are we just getting into the beta only to be told we have to pay more for "dlc"? hmm...

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Looking forward to release - 2 weeks away.

Any idea if multiplayer will be auto-added when finished? Or are we just getting into the beta only to be told we have to pay more for "dlc"? hmm...

Yes, it will be added. MP was part of the original games. They are just trying to get the core games out ASAP and the MP is the last piece of the puzzle to be finished up, since it had to be reworked from the ground up for today's networks and hardware. I doubt there will be any DLC since the Homeworld games already have a rich MOD community to fill that need.
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I sure hope it works that way. My faith in the video game industry isn't as strong as it used to be...

I also wish they could do Cataclysm. I understand why it's not being done, but it would be really nice to have that one, too. It was probably my favorite of the 3 Homeworld games...

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I sure hope it works that way. My faith in the video game industry isn't as strong as it used to be...

I also wish they could do Cataclysm. I understand why it's not being done, but it would be really nice to have that one, too. It was probably my favorite of the 3 Homeworld games...
The thing with Cataclysm is that it isn't part of the Homeworld IP deal. It's based on Homeworld, but it was created by a developer who had been commissioned by Sierra/Vivendi Universal to do it - with some input from the Homeworld studio, Relic Entertainment - and it isn't part of the IP that Gearbox purchased. They would have to get the source code IP for Cataclysm from Activision Blizzard, the successor to Sierra Entertainment. That being said, it's not part of the Homeworld canon and is retconned by Homeworld 2. Gearbox said they would be interested in remastering the game, but as I said, the source code was not included in the IP that they purchased and Gearbox hasn't been able to get the source code from the original dev studio or anyone else.

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Yes, I realize that. That's why I said "I understand why Cataclysm isn't being done..."

That said, I'm looking forward to the game. I have been burned so many times by the video game industry, so I have held back on pre-ordering. I realize I'm saving $5, but... if the game ends up being buggy as hell, I'd be able to wait for a sale...

It'd be an easier decision if HW2 would run on my computer. HW1 does, but Cataclysm and HW2 don't. I have all 3 discs and keys...

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