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01-25-2015

Homeworld

Finally! The Mothership has arrived. It's been quite a while since we last heard word from Gearbox and its plan to spruce up the Homeworld series for a much-needed rerelease, but more details have just jumped in, including a price, package, trailer, and most importantly, a release date.

Gearbox will be releasing the Homeworld Remastered Collection - which includes Homeworld Remastered and Homeworld 2 Remastered - on February 25, 2015, just about a month from now. The whole thing will cost  $34.99 at release, and include compatibility-updated classic versions of both games, in case you want to view them in their original glory. Gearbox also took the opportunity to remind folks about Homeworld: Shipbreakers, a prequel game being developed by Homeworld veterans at Blackbird Interactive. Shipbreakers was originally a crowdfunded, unrelated spiritual sequel to Homeworld, until Gearbox picked it up and retooled it as part of the universe.

$35 seems a tad steep for a pair of games that are more than a decade old at this point (and fifteen years for Homeworld), but between the graphical/UI upgrades and getting the original versions of both games patched for modern systems (which have never been released on the likes of GOG, etc.), it's not terrible. Plus, Homeworld is rightfully hailed as one of the greatest games ever made, and its formula of free-axis movement and space strategy has gone curiously under-imitated. So yes, color me excited, for the Age of S'jet is reborn. 

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