Blackbird Interactive and Gearbox Software have announced that Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak will be released on PC on January 20.
Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak is an origin story that takes place on Kharak. Chief science officer Rachel S’jet — obviously a relative to the protagonist of Homeworld and Homeworld 2, Karen S’Jet — and her team are sent on an expedition by the Coalition of the Northern Kiithid to investigate a strangle anomaly located deep inside enemy territory. The game will feature ground-based real-time combat that will take place across a series of massive environments that include dune seas, enormous craters, and vast canyons. Utilising similar gameplay elements from the previous Homeworld games, players will have to make strategic decisions regarding resource management, fleet composition, technology research, and combat tactics. Players can build and control fleets from a series of units that range from light attack vehicles to heavyweight cruisers. In addition to a full single player campaign, online multiplayer will also be available.
“After more than a decade-long hiatus for Homeworld, it is an immense honor in the last year to launch two new entries in the Homeworld franchise: an incredible, critically acclaimed remastering of the original Homeworld games and now the all-new, ground-based, real-time-strategy game called Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak,” said Randy Pitchford, president of Gearbox Software.
Gearbox Software bought the IP rights to the Homeworld franchise following THQ’s bankruptcy auction in 2013. Blackbird Interactive, a company formed by members of the original Homeworld team, were granted permission for use of the Homeworld IP. At the time, Blackbird was developing another ground-based RTS game, which was subsequently revamped as a Homeworld prequel. Earlier this year, Gearbox released a remake of Homeworld and Homeworld 2 on Steam as the Homeworld Remastered Collection.
You can find out more about the game at desertsofkharak.com.