You might remember Gearbox buying the Homeworld series back in April, uttering silent space-noises about “making them accessible on today's leading digital platforms”. It turns that's code for 'HD remake', with Gearbox announcing yesterday at the Penny Arcade Expo in Australia that both Homeworld and its sequel (and presumably Homeworld's expansion, Cataclysm) will be given high-definition remakes. Not only that, but the original games will soon be making their way to digital shops too.
Gearbox didn't release any details about the games, so it's not clear whether they'll just be sprucing up the art or if they'll be tinkering about with the games under the bonnet too. Gearbox – and in particular, its Chief Creative Officer Brian Martel – “personally spearheaded the acquisition” of the series for a cool $1.35 million a few months ago, so he's obviously rather fond of Relic's excellent deep-space strategy games. Hopefully that enthusiasm will filter down to the remakes.
While we wait, let's all have a watch of the original Homeworld trailer, which thanks to its clean art style still looks pretty good today.
(Thanks, Polygon !)
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Tom loves exploring in games, whether it’s going the wrong way in a platformer or burgling an apartment in Deus Ex. His favourite game worlds—Stalker, Dark Souls, Thief—have an atmosphere you could wallop with a blackjack. He enjoys horror, adventure, puzzle games and RPGs, and played the Japanese version of Final Fantasy VIII with a translated script he printed off from the internet. Tom has been writing about free games for PC Gamer since 2012. If he were packing for a desert island, he’d take his giant Columbo boxset and a laptop stuffed with PuzzleScript games.