Gearbox Announces HD Remakes of Homeworld 1 And 2

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Gearbox Announces HD Remakes of Homeworld 1 And 2

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Both the original titles and the new remakes will be exclusive to the PC.

It looks like Borderlands developer Gearbox is finally going to do something with that Homeworld licence they picked up during THQ's bankruptcy auction earlier this year. High-definition remakes of Relic's beloved sci-fi RTS will soon be making their way to a PC near you, Gearbox announced at the very first PAX Australia. In order to whet your appetite while you wait for the remakes, Gearbox also announced that the original Homeworld 1 and 2 should also be soon appearing on PC digital distribution services.

When it first picked up the licence for $1.35 million, Gearbox stated that Chief Creative Officer Brian Martel "has great love and respect for Relic's brilliant, fun and innovative game and personally spearheaded the acquisition. Brian intends as first priority to direct Gearbox's interest to preserve and assemble the purest form of the original acclaimed and beloved games, Homeworld and Homeworld 2, with the intent of making them accessible on today's leading digital platforms."

It looks like Martel is fully following through with this promise. Gearbox games have been pretty hit and miss in the past, providing us with gems such as Borderlands and Brothers in Arms, while also delivering colossal duds like Duke Nukem: Forever and Aliens: Colonial Marines. Here's hoping they don't mess this one up!

If you want some more Homeworld-style action, Void Destroyer, a Kickstarted space RTS is apparently heavily influenced by Relic's Homeworld series, thought it hopes to set itself apart from it's spiritual predecessor.

Source: Polygon

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I don't know whether to scream with glee or horror O.o

First thought was that it would be pretty hard to fuck up a HD rerelease of a game.

Second thought was about how much of a colossal failure the Silent Hill HD collection was.

Either way gonna pick this up on GoG once it launches. Been a while since I played it and I probably suck at it just as much as I did when I was a kid.

So this is pretty much going to receive all my wanting.

Dear Gearbox,

What about Homeworld Cataclysm? It was awesome. Sure, it wasn't developed by Relic, but that's no reason to not give me Siege Cannon and Beast Infection goodness! Don't forget it dammit!

I don't want a frigging remake, I want the tactical mechanics of this game incorporated into a 4X Total War Sci-fi epic.

Sega has Creative Assembly AND Relic under your roof. MAKE USE OF THEM, DAMNIT!

But no, we get to see Gearbox, the company that brought us such wonderful titles as Duke Nukem Forever and Aliens: Colonial Marines trying their hands at what is essentially the best real time 3D strategy game ever made. I'm sorry, but Gearbox trying their hands at respected and established IPs has a terrible track record.

BRING SAJUUK TO BEAR. Please for the love of god do not screw this up.

After acm and dnf this could be another cha ching cash phone in, i would not hold my breath this will be sloppy unfinished and crapped out the door so they can make borderlands 3.

Can we have an ETA? I have money to give you gearbox!!!

YES.

ALL OF MY YES.

Homeworld 2 may very well be my most played RTS of all time

So the people that made Duke Nukem: Forever and Aliens: Colonial Marines along with a couple of OK shooters will be remaking a Relic RTS and Relic will have nothing to do with it?

No thanks count me out, unless its actually good.

J Tyran:
So the people that made Duke Nukem: Forever and Aliens: Colonial Marines along with a couple of OK shooters will be remaking a Relic RTS and Relic will have nothing to do with it?

No thanks count me out, unless its actually good.

Well, it's only a remake in terms of graphics so we should be fine in the sense that they're unlikely to change the actual gameplay, so it'll still be awesome.

I'm kinda worried they may decide to 'update' the intermission cutscenes, which though lacking in animation gave the whole game a very solemn feel.

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ITS HOMEWORLD!

its gearbox...

BUT ITS HOMEWORLD!

remade by gearbox.

oh god, dont fuck this up. even when we somewhat know they will do it.

Dear Gearbox

you forgot to mention cataclysm, but that's OK honest mistake and all that.
DO NOT FUCK THIS UP. Do this properly, hire relic to make/consult on a new homeworld title and you can have my love back.

This could be an attempt to see just how active the fanbase currently is and an attempt to make a profit off the initial acquisition of this IP. After all, if it sells like hotcakes all Gearbox has to do is make more of the same. If it doesn't; oh well.

I never liked Homeworld 2 all that much but hot damn if I won't be all over a Homeworld 1 HD remake. Consider my day officially made.

I hope there isn't a Borderlands 3 coming out soon -_-.

For once I am going to drop the cynicism and just be flat out excited.

Sure they might do something wacky and screw up the HD remakes but I'll take the original releases as soon as they hit.

Well actually Homeworld 2 still looks pretty damn good even on this day. I've completed it's campaign again few months back, and was quite surprised how well it still looks and feels compared to today's games. I guess visual aesthetic is much more impressive in that game rather than just pure graphical fidelity(as in high ress textures, high polycounts, fancy post procesing effects etc.).

Nuttydwarf:
I don't know whether to scream with glee or horror O.o

Cover your bases and do both.

Its what I'm doing.

screams with horrified glee

AT LAST!!!

Now don't you dare screw it up, Gearbox. O_O

As long as they fix the oversights such as Garden of Kadesh, I'll be happy.

Yes! Yesyesyesyesyes!

I trust Gearbox with a remake, I think. 20k poly models, new shaders and effects, 10x better textures... It'll be a beautiful thing!

Please be on GOG, please be on GOG, please be on GOG.

They did say 'distribution services', so here's hoping it's on more than just Steam anyway.

Oh no... this will result in a lynch mob as they redistribute funds to Borderlands 3 and farm his game out to a studio and then constantly fuck up the studios work.

I'm not sure this is really necessary... but alright, hopefully whoever they give this one to do has some experience in the remake field.

My friend's husband was the lead designer on the original Homeworld (and the lead multiplayer designer on The Last of Us, I just learned). I'm not big on RTS, but I guess I've gotta get these when they release.

He also worked on Homefront, but we don't really talk about that. . .

I read the title and I jizzed in my pants.
Homeworld was one of the first RTS games I enjoyed. In fact, it rank among my favourite games.

It's an HD Re-release, not a remake. Think people should consider that before being all 'OH NO GEARBOX!'.

Higher resolutions, HD textures and availability on digital distribution platforms.

Why are you all doomsaying, again?

J Tyran:
So the people that made Duke Nukem: Forever and Aliens: Colonial Marines along with a couple of OK shooters will be remaking a Relic RTS and Relic will have nothing to do with it?

No thanks count me out, unless its actually good.

Maybe I'm going out of my way with defending DNF, but listen: DukeForever was not THAT bad and Gearbox barelly did any work on it. The DNF we got was about 90% finished in 2009 by 3DR and then after the closure of 3DR the ex-members were working on the game from their homes (Triptych Games).
I liked DNF for what it was - a monster of a parody. Duke3D came out in the right time at the right place, Forever could never live up to it, as there was nothing much to do that hasn't been done (by 2009 I mean).

Pink Gregory:
It's an HD Re-release, not a remake. Think people should consider that before being all 'OH NO GEARBOX!'.

Higher resolutions, HD textures and availability on digital distribution platforms.

Why are you all doomsaying, again?

The thing I dont get is the borderlands 3 comments.

This is not a licensed game, they weren't paid to make these so there really are no funds to divert from one to another.

OT: OMFG SQEEE, first I get to leave on vacation today, and now this! It is a good day so far, knock on wood.

If they are just direct ports then that is awesome , especially the original. The atmosphere of the HW1 was just amazing.

Zombine3D:

J Tyran:
So the people that made Duke Nukem: Forever and Aliens: Colonial Marines along with a couple of OK shooters will be remaking a Relic RTS and Relic will have nothing to do with it?

No thanks count me out, unless its actually good.

Maybe I'm going out of my way with defending DNF, but listen: DukeForever was not THAT bad and Gearbox barelly did any work on it. The DNF we got was about 90% finished in 2009 by 3DR and then after the closure of 3DR the ex-members were working on the game from their homes (Triptych Games).
I liked DNF for what it was - a monster of a parody. Duke3D came out in the right time at the right place, Forever could never live up to it, as there was nothing much to do that hasn't been done (by 2009 I mean).

It was awful, I can finish 99% of the games I buy and I had to put it down. I don't know what the devs were thinking.

Gearbox also announced that the original Homeworld 1 and 2 should also be soon appearing on PC digital distribution services.

That's all I care about, give them to me on GOG, and I'm good, do whatever they want with the remakes.

Pink Gregory:
It's an HD Re-release, not a remake. Think people should consider that before being all 'OH NO GEARBOX!'.

Higher resolutions, HD textures and availability on digital distribution platforms.

What makes me scratch my head is that Homeworld and Homeworld 2 are actually rather simple to upscale to any modern resolution in the first place, simply because of the fact that they can take advantage of OpenGL. Well, okay, how easy it is is kinda relative... you do have to put it in compatibility mode with Windows NT of all things, and there might be a bit of registry editing for widescreen if I remember correctly, but it's all easy to look up and do compared to downloading and tweaking compatibility and stability mods for other games from the same era.

And the games both still look pretty good too, Homeword 2 in particular. The first has an issue with draw distance (which can be alleviated slightly by hex editing, if I remember right) and sure, the texture resolutions are terrible, but the aesthetic is still great and Homeworld 2 just flat out doesn't look like a game released a decade ago.

I can't fault them for distributing the things again, and I guess they could upscale the textures and remove some of the compatibility tweaking so that it just runs straight out of the install, but they're not nearly as bad as the likes of Deus Ex, System Shock 2, Thief, Star Wars Dark Forces II: Jedi Knight, etc.

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