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Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak the definitive review

Posted on January 22, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

A review by special guest editor Robyn Robo

So it’s been a long time coming for the sequel to Homeworld & Homeworld 2, a solid 12 years and one bankruptcy in fact. When first published in 1999, Homeworld was a revolution in real time strategy, a fairly hot genre at the time being just over a year since the release of the original StarCraft., This game, although being created by much of the original team behind Homeworld, wasn’t originally going to be an official sequel, but rather a game titled ‘Hardware: Shipbreakers’. The game has been in development for five years though, and in the intervening time its developers, Blackbird Interactive (http://blackbirdinteractive.com), acquired the rights to the original IP, re-released Homeworld 1&2 (although sadly not the related, add-on Cataclysm) and retitled the game ‘Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. Blackbird Interactive is a team based in Vancouver Canada and as a company are relative newcomers, but with some very experienced folks at the helm.

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak follows the story of the retrieval of the many ancient artifacts leading into the story of Homeworld 1. As Rachel S’jet, presumably closely related to Karan S’jet from the first game, you are a scientist on a militaristic research retrieval mission of the find of the century. A power source rivalling your sun has been found in the barren desert of a Kushan tribe. Although not really explored in background story of the first game, not everyone is happy with the idea of a return to space travel and advanced technology, and the tribe in that southern desert opposes your coalition’s pursuit of the Jaraci object at every turn.Read More


Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Second Story Trailer – “The Transmission”

Posted on January 17, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Homeworld Deserts of Kharak

The latest Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak trailers contains some rather chilling words from a representative of the antagonistic Gaalsien fleet… “Diplomacy has failed!”

It seems as if the forces that chief science officer Rachel S’jet will face in the game’s campaign as she attempts to explore the mystery of an anomaly in the deserts of Kharak are more than ready for a fight.

Kath Gaalsien are a major religious sect and antagonists of this latest game, who have existed on the planet of Kharak ever since the Kushan settled on Kharak after being exiled from their former planet in the original Homeworld (1999). They believe that eventually their exile will expire and that they will be sent into heaven by Sajuuk, their believe that this sentence was imposed upon them for their ancestor’s arrogance.

Check out the brand new trailer in the embedded player below. Gearbox Software is publishing this Homeworld prequel on January 20th on Windows PC via Steam. Development was handled by former members of Relic Entertainment at the Vancouver based studio Blackbird Interactive.

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Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak Story Trailer Released

Posted on January 11, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

Homeworld Deserts of Kharak

The Gearbox Software published revival of the Homeworld franchise – Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak has a brand new story trailer that was released over the weekend.  Set on the desert planet of Kharak 100 years prior to the 1999 original Homeworld the player assumes the role of Rachel S’Jet as she investigates a crashed alien vessel.

Gearbox purchased the rights to the Homeworld series after the bankruptcy of former publisher THQ in 2013. The development team at Blackbird Interactive are handling the production duties, Blackbird was formed by members of the original team at Relic that developed the first Homeworld titles in the 90s.

Homeworld: Remastered – a collection of updated versions of the first two Homeworld titled ported to the HW2 engine was released last February. Players who purchased the remastered collection will receive a discount on their pre-order for Deserts of Kharak, which launches next week on January 20th.

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