Gearbox working on HD remake of Homeworld series

HD and classic versions of the space strategy series coming to Steam; no release date announced.

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Gearbox Software has revealed plans to remaster classic space strategy series Homeworld, and bring the games to digital platforms.

CEO Randy Pitchford announced that the successful acquisition of the licence from the now defunct THQ was the only bid made for the franchise by a developer during the process, with the other two competing offers made by unnamed game publishers.

The studio will bring both Homeworld and Homeworld 2 to Steam, and while the team is working to update the graphics for a more modern look, those who purchase the game will also receive classic, unaltered versions of the 1999 and 2003 games. No release dates were confirmed. The news came as part of the company’s PAX Australia panel, where it also revealed it would be bringing new downloadable content to its hit RPG, first-person shooter hybrid, Borderlands 2.

In April this year a Kickstarter campaign to create Homeworld 3 was unsuccessful after developer TeamPixel was unable to secure the game’s rights.

Discussion

165 comments
charald
charald

Since the people that worked on HW in the first place are going to develop it, I hope that can mean nothing else but good things.   I hope they take time to perfect it and don't rush the release.    Late 2014 sounds like enough time to get something nice out the door.

Upat3am
Upat3am

Any new news on this?

ThebestCat
ThebestCat

As long as they don't try to port it to console it should be good. But if they try to move it to console expect clunky controls and mediocre graphics.

blackothh
blackothh

I have faith in this project, i know people keep blaming gearbox for duke, but Duke was screwed by 3D Realms. Gearbox was pretty much involved in the last details of the game like multiplayer, console ports and wrapping up the box.  Im sad they got themselves involved in goodwill effort for such a piece of crap game, because all it did was bite them back hard.

As far as Aliens goes, I have not played it and have no interest in playing it, because many years has shown me that movie games are 99% suck anyways.

SO whats left for me is, if they screw up Homworld somehow, THEN I will lose my trust in Gearbox, untill then, their actual created from scratch game, borderlands, is all i need to keep me content with Gearbox.

jader_vere
jader_vere

Shouldn't the title say Gearbox outsourcing HD remake of homeworld series? Going on their last game they put out?

Fool me once shame on you (Duke forever)

Fool me twice shame on me. ( Aliens colonial marines)

There won't be a third time gearbox

Redsyrup
Redsyrup

How about an HD remake of Aliens Colonial Marines?

Pyro978
Pyro978

Watch it end up like Dawn of War II....just kidding!


with_teeth26
with_teeth26

Seems like an odd fit for Gearbox, I'll play them if they turn out well though. 

skrat_01
skrat_01

Hey Gearbox. Don't fuck this up. Seriously, don't.

Loshead
Loshead

I love homeworld, all they have to do is make it HD don't touch anything else. 

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

It's really amazing how quickly opinion on Gearbox turned. I'm taking a wait and see attitude, but if all they're doing is spitshining the game and not making major changes to the mechanics it seems hard to screw up. The problem is Gearbox isn't really known for their mindblowing graphics skills even at their best moments, so there might be better equipped studios to handle this. Still, if your response to them releasing a classic game both unaltered and in HD on steam is to hate on them, I think you need to wait a bit and actually see something before judging.

jngbb
jngbb

I already know they're going to mess it up. Gearbox is a one trick pony as far as I'm concerned and all they can do is Borderlands.

cyberxspeed
cyberxspeed

Nice! Hope it'll be available on steam.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

Sleazy company - don't give them any money.

Kiigora_LoP
Kiigora_LoP

As long as they're actually bringing Homeworld up to snuff with new models and textures I have no qualms. I hope Cataclysm isn't being left in the cold.

BrassBullet
BrassBullet

The Homeworld 2 demo might still be available on the internet for those who want to try it.

I actually prefer it to the release because it has the more powerful ion turret - before they rebalanced.

Kjranu
Kjranu

Great to know Gearbox will be handling the remake. DNF and Aliens were amazing! 

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

I hope it's as good as Duke and Aliens.

Osjur
Osjur

Finally, I have been hoping for remasters of these. Hopefully they sell well enough to warrant continuation of the series.

hampton2003
hampton2003

YES! i always wanted to play this series.

Owee_
Owee_

OMG this is great news indeed ! I wished they HD'd Homeworld Cataclysm too !

ElDuderino1
ElDuderino1

Oh come on Gearbox are pretty damn solid when they try.  Lots of unnecessary flaming about them :\

Senor_Kami
Senor_Kami

I don't trust Gearbox working on an IP they didn't create.  Duke Nukem Forever, Aliens... they've got a 100% record for shit when it comes to this stuff.

wildkeny
wildkeny

@jader_vere You do realize they "outsourced" it to the original HW team right?

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@OJ_the_LION You get one fuck up free, and people will still give you the benefit of the doubt.

Two fuck ups (in a row no less) and you're done.  Gearbox is now done.

StHapns247
StHapns247

@jngbb You're crazy or just really young. They cut their chops on the expansion packs (Opposing Force, Blue Shift) for the original Half-Life, ported Tony Hawk 3 and the original Halo to PC, and developed all the Brothers In Arms Games. I left out the not-so-great things.

darth_slayer33
darth_slayer33

@Kjranu  Aliens was a pile of crap.  Not a good game at all.  Promising a good game to us and they had different developers develop the game instead of them.  And they lied to about a lot of things on the game.  I won't even get started with them.

Kjranu
Kjranu

@Hayasmez Considering how Gearbox love to outsource development of games that Gearbox don't care about, don't be surprised if they do! 

darth_slayer33
darth_slayer33

@ElDuderino1 It isn't unnecessary.  They did it to themselves by releasing crappy half asked games like Aliens and then lied about it.  Cannot be trusted at all

StHapns247
StHapns247

@Senor_Kami Except for the Half-Life expansions and ports, porting Halo and Tony Hawk 3 to PC. Doing a little math gives them a  25% "record for shit when it comes to this stuff."

Facts are so cool!

IceJester45
IceJester45

@Senor_Kami Gearbox used to port and create expansions for Valve games all the time. And the company did a pretty good job too.

LtReviews
LtReviews

@Senor_Kami 

Set your cynicism aside and stop crying, please. 

It's not a new game in the series from the ground up, like Duke Nukem was, it's and HD remake. Just a fresh coat of paint.


dpadam450
dpadam450

@StHapns247 @jngbb  expansions and ports? Man that is really creative. How bout duke nukem or aliens? The two biggest f*** ups in the last 20 years of gaming.

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@xeoneex66@Thanatos2kDuke Nukem Forever, Gearbox mocking game reviewers over Duke Nukem Forever, Colonial Marines, lying to us, insulting us, releasing fake gameplay footage and trailers, stealing money from Sega when they were supposed to be spending it developing AC:M and instead using it for Borderlands, also:

 http://penny-arcade.com/report/article/how-and-why-gearbox-shut-down-an-ambitious-beautiful-re-telling-of-duke-nuk

They're a shitty ass company through and through, I don't care how much you think you like Borderlands.

Cloud_imperium
Cloud_imperium

@IceJester45 @Senor_Kami I think many people may not have played it but I loved 007 Nightfire . That game was best 007 game I've ever played , it was developed by Gearbox and Published by EA . It had tons of HD cutscenes .

b74kd3th
b74kd3th

You don't know them very well, do you?

skrat_01
skrat_01

@MAD_AI @dpadam450 @StHapns247 @jngbb The blame lies with Gearbox. They were responsible for resurrecting Dook for the market and the complete mishandling of Colonial Marines.

It's a clear sign that the studio has major issues in how it manages projects and handles it's development pipeline - let alone the deluded vision that these products were ripe for market.

dpadam450
dpadam450

@MAD_AI
And that won't happen again? Keywords Homeworld, Remake.

dpadam450
dpadam450

@dpadam450  If I go buy the Halo IP, I don't go into it with the intention of "if our game sucks, who cares?" or "Lets buy this terrible game and when we release it, still being terrible, it is not our fault." All I'm saying is anytime they get an IP, they make trash out of it.

MAD_AI
MAD_AI

@dpadam450 @StHapns247 @jngbb  

Was Duke Nukem developed by their team? Or even Aliens for that matter?

Blame the failure of Aliens on their mismanagement of the license and outsourcing it. Duke Nukem was released practically as is when they acquired it.


StHapns247
StHapns247

@dpadam450 @StHapns247 @jngbb Isn't that what we're talking about here? An HD remake has more an common with ports and expansions than Duke Nukem or Aliens. And I guess Borderlands and Brothers In Arms carries no credit?

Blaming Gearbox for Duke Nukem is pathetic anyway; at least they released it and ended the 12 year long joke.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@Cloud_imperium @IceJester45 @Senor_Kami Oh yeah. I played the Xbox version of that one. It was great. I believe it was developed by Eurocom (who has done most of the post-N64-Goldeneye Bond games) and ported to the PC by Gearbox.