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Ancient Space developers reveal September release date and new gameplay video

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I was a big fan of Homeworld back in the day, so I was really excited to talk about Ancient Space when I first heard about it last month. Then Phil beat me to it . But today Paradox Interactive announced the launch date (which is surprisingly close) and revealed a new gameplay trailer, and this time it's my turn.

It's virtually impossible not to notice the visual similarities between Ancient Space and Homeworld, and the description of the game in the new "gameplay reveal" trailer sounds more than a little Homeworld-like too. The action will center around a massive home ship, the Ulysses II, that's capable of building and carrying other vessels. It will even have its own personality and voice, provided by Dwight Schultz, known to Star Trek fans as Lt. Reginald Barclay .

Interestingly, Paradox Interactive Senior Producer Joe Fricano says in the video that Ancient Space will be "a contemplative mystery," more akin to a NASA mission than Star Wars, and even had the voice actors listen to real NASA transmissions so they could get the proper tone. "Even if there are dramatic events unfolding, the characters will always keep their level, professional edge," he says. Along with Schultz, the cast includes sci-fi veterans Dina Meyer, Ron Glass, John Billingsley, Richard Gunn and Aaron Douglas.

As for the release date, it's less than three weeks away: Ancient Space launches on September 23. If preorders are your thing, you can place one now at the Paradox Plaza .

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.