I turned on my PC this morning and was greeted by the most pleasant of surprises once Steam had logged in: Blackbird Interactive’s Homeworld prequel is up for pre-order. It’s also had a name change, morphing from Homeworld: Shipbreakers to Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.
The real-time strategy is out on PC on 20 January 2016, which is just over a month away. Alongside a name-change and release date, Blackbird and publishers Gearbox have released a new trailer that shows a lot of the GUI, more gameplay, and a bunch of units. There are also hints at the game’s plot.
If you choose to pre-order the game, and we’re never really behind the whole idea of pre-ordering, then you’ll get copies of the recent Homeworld Remastered Collection. If you don’t already own that Remastered Collection know that it is excellent.
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak has had a very interesting development period. It started as a free-to-play RTS called Hardware: Shipbreakers that was being made by Blackbird Interactive, ex-Relic guys who originally created Homeworld. Once Homeworld IP owners THQ went bust, the IP was picked up by Gearbox. Gearbox, knowing full well the work that Blackbird was doing, just straight up decided to share the Homeworld IP with them. Hardware: Shipbreakers became Homeworld: Shipbreakers, which is now, finally, called Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.