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    Blackbird Interactive certainly like their name changes. The Homeworld RTS they’ve been working on for some time has had its third name change since it was revealed and it’s now called Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak.

    It started out as Hardware: Shipbreakers, then became Homeworld: Shipbreakers, and now it has a new name and a release date of 20 January. This does look pretty good and it’s a whole new chapter in the excellent Homeworld franchise which is being developed by members of the original Homeworld and Company of Heroes  team.

    “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. “This revival of Homeworld is possible not merely because of commitment within my studio at Gearbox Software, but is due to Rob and his crew at Blackbird, along with other key members of the original Homeworld team, who have come together to deliver a modern spin on the ground-based roots of the strategy genre with an epic story that takes us back to where the Homeworld saga began.”

    The release date announcement has come out of the blue and pre-orders are now being taken priced at £29.99. Pre-order now and you get the Homeworld Remastered Collection completely free (see our review).

    January just got a little more exciting for RTS and Homeworld fans. Here’s your trailer…

    About the game

    A ground-based RTS prequel to the classic Homeworld games. Assemble your fleet and lead them to victory on the shifting sands of Kharak in this compelling strategy game. Crafted by Blackbird Interactive, a studio founded by veterans of Homeworld and Company of Heroes,Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak takes players to the deserts of Kharak where danger lurks over every dune.

    EXPERIENCE AN ORIGIN STORY

    In Deserts of Kharak’s campaign, an anomaly is discovered deep in the southern desert. An expedition is sent, but the story is not that simple. Discover the story of Rachel S’jet as she leads her people on a quest to find their destiny in an exciting campaign.

    HEAVY DUTY HARDWARE

    Take control of fleets of land and air vehicles – from nimble light attack vehicles to massive heavyweight cruisers – built to conquer the desert.

    Paul Younger
    Founder and Editor of PC Invasion. Founder of the world's first gaming cafe and Veteran PC gamer of over 22 years.

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