Homeworld Remastered Site Launches; Fan Input Still Wanted

Homeworld Remastered Site Launches; Fan Input Still Wanted

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Relic's popular RTS is going to be remade, and developer Gearbox Software has revealed more details on its plans to bring the franchise back to life.

Fans of the Homeworld franchise have been waiting for news on what was happening with series after Gearbox Software acquired the rights from THQ in April 2013, after the publisher went bankrupt and was sold off in pieces. By July, Gearbox was promising to be faithful to Homeworld and Homeworld 2 when it created HD remastered editions. Now, Gearbox has taken the wraps off the official site.

The developer has launched a Homeworld Remastered, which promises more than just a re-release of the games. Updated high-res textures and models will be used, as well as "support for HD, UHD and 4K resolutions." Gearbox is also involving getting Homeworld's original audio and video developers to recreate the cinematics in higher quality. The mod community is also being involved, since the source code for the game was release to the public soon after the sequel was released in 2003.

The source audio from both games will be used and Multiplayer from both games will also be combined. Gearbox has said previously that it would integrate Steamworks features like matchmaking, achievements, and user-created mods, likely via Steam Workshop.

Gearbox plans on offering a collector's edition for the remastered version for anywhere between $75 to $100, depending on which replica of the Homeworld Mothership is included. The developer has been gathering feedback from fans for months, and continues that on the new web site. Fans are being asked to vote for a 6-inch zinc alloy replica with a brushed metal finish -- the cheaper version -- or a 12-inch model made of ASB resin, complete with LED lights and a power cord. The collector's edition would also include "other memorabilia such as an art book, game manual, key chain, and game codes." Of course, as with any plans in advance, the contents are subject to change. You can cast you vote at the bottom of the Homeworld Remastered page.

Conspicuously missing from the details is any mention of Homeworld Catacylsm, which was released by Barking Dog between Homeworld in 1999 and Homeworld 2 in 2003. Cataclysm takes place 15 years after the first game.

Hopefully, there may be a few bonuses and new content included in the new edition, similar to what Beamdog did with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition and Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced. Either way, fans will be happy to get aboard the Mothership once more to lead the Kushan on their quest for survival.

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I remember reading about this. And still, I don't think the cutscenes need any changes or updates especially, although, unless it's regarding the in-game ones, as the comic book style interludes are damn near perfect. But I would perhaps like to see the destruction of Kharak ingame. :3

Fan Input: Don't f@#$ THIS one up too.

I really enjoyed this game back in the day, glad to see it's getting some more love.

GothmogII:
I remember reading about this. And still, I don't think the cutscenes need any changes or updates especially, although, unless it's regarding the in-game ones, as the comic book style interludes are damn near perfect. But I would perhaps like to see the destruction of Kharak ingame. :3

It showed it briefly in an in engine cutscene, and yeah changing the comic style interludes would ruin the atmosphere of the game which was amazing. I will never forget the first time you get attacked.

Also this is one of the few games I would be happy to buy a collectors edition for, it takes me back to the huge manual full of lore that you got with the game originally.

Homeworld is a great series with great games. I'd love to see an update version with high res graphics, modern machine support, and all that other jazz.

That said, I still refuse to pay full price for a re-release of a 15 year old game. Make it $10 - $20 and we're in business.

Weaver:
Homeworld is a great series with great games. I'd love to see an update version with high res graphics, modern machine support, and all that other jazz.

That said, I still refuse to pay full price for a re-release of a 15 year old game. Make it $10 - $20 and we're in business.

According to the site, the Collecter's edition will run $75-100 depending on the model. Given the content of the CE will include game codes and other swag as well as the model, I would estimate that the final cost for just the two remastered games will be around $30-40.

OT: I'm voting for the die cast model I want to see if I can put it in my office like it's an award.

Weaver:
Homeworld is a great series with great games. I'd love to see an update version with high res graphics, modern machine support, and all that other jazz.

That said, I still refuse to pay full price for a re-release of a 15 year old game. Make it $10 - $20 and we're in business.

I think most of the price is in the gubbens
EvE's battleship replicas ran about the same price

gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme!!!!! Here is my money just make this happen and I may even forgive you for Colonial marines!

Oh God, no. Whenever Gearbox go anywhere near old franchises the whole project ends in a train wreck. They murdered Duke Nukem, they sodomized Aliens... looks like Homeworld is next in line. Damn shame. :(

Sonicron:
Oh God, no. Whenever Gearbox go anywhere near old franchises the whole project ends in a train wreck. They murdered Duke Nukem, they sodomized Aliens... looks like Homeworld is next in line. Damn shame. :(

well they have a damn near perfect game to begin with so they cant screw it up.. (famous last words)

I love that the website, simple as it is, doesn't work right. (The huge and unnecessary bar on the bottom obscures text, and it's not like they let you scroll properly.)

Hope the final product looks good though, I might pick it up someday when it goes on sale. Don't really want to pay $30-$40 for a game I pretty much already own.

I wish that Homeworld 2, good as it is, was able to stand up to the original. It just doesn't have the story chops, or the tactical control of the first game. Don't get me wrong, it's still good, and the music is incredible, but it doesn't have the same punch of the original. Here's hoping that this remake does the game justice.

Xeorm:
I love that the website, simple as it is, doesn't work right. (The huge and unnecessary bar on the bottom obscures text, and it's not like they let you scroll properly.)

Hope the final product looks good though, I might pick it up someday when it goes on sale. Don't really want to pay $30-$40 for a game I pretty much already own.

Thing is, financial incentive to update old games for new platforms and OSes, in addition to creating new ones in the series, is reduced with this kind of behavior. Not saying it's the wrong kind of behavior, just that such an effect is there and should be taken into consideration. If they don't screw up the remake (and replacing the comic-style cinematics with another style would *not* constitute a significant one, IMHO, although it would be disappointing), I'll be happy to shell out full-price for a modern update to one of my favorite series of all time.

I suspect the future of Homeworld 3 is in the balance, after all.

*throwing money at the monitor* Why is nothing happening.

I really hope it's going to be as great as i remember in new graphics.

System specs!! I want system specs! It's not even a question of weather I'm getting these, that's a given. Weather or not I can ruin them on my knackered old PC is. Not into the collectors special editions, I've never been into that sort of thing but I am so getting these when they come out.

So meany great memories of those games, now all we need is a decent MechWarrior game (HD remaster of 3 anyone?) and then I think it'd be quite possible for me to never touch a console again.

Soviet Heavy:
I wish that Homeworld 2, good as it is, was able to stand up to the original. It just doesn't have the story chops, or the tactical control of the first game. Don't get me wrong, it's still good, and the music is incredible, but it doesn't have the same punch of the original. Here's hoping that this remake does the game justice.

Thing is, there was not supposed to be a Homeworld 2, the Woman that was stuck inside the ship, was supposed to die at the end of Homeworld Cataclysm, Sierra chose not to for a sequel, going against the wishes of the Story creators.

The team that made the story of Homeworld, is actually now working on Sword of the Stars, which while not having the best releases, has awesome story and large amounts of lore.

ITs gb so wait for reviews do not pre order :P.

dnf acm unless its got the words border and lands in the title gb shows it loves to rape IPs.

 

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