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Homeworld: Emergence Is Cataclysm With a New Name

Thanks to a trademark issue, Homeworld: Cataclysm gets a new name and new life through GOG technology.


After almost 17 years, Homeworld: Cataclysm is back from the dead. With the source code long thought to be lost, developer Gearbox Software and digital distributor GOG have rereleased the game under a new name, Homeworld: Emergence.

Homeworld: Cataclysm was originally supposed to be an expansion for Relic Entertainment's original, highly acclaimed space based RTS Homeworld in1999. But the game, being developed by Barking Dog, evolved into its own standalone title. When Gearbox obtained the IP to the franchise from the THQ bankruptcy fire sale, it promised to remaster the series and treat it with the love and care it deserved.

Homeworld 1 and 2 were remastered and released in 2015, but Cataclysm was thought to be gone because of missing source code. However, GOG explained to Kotaku that its “technology allows us to take classic games and make them playable on modern machines without requiring the source code. We worked closely with Gearbox Software on making sure the game stayed true to the original, based on the builds that we have in-house.”

With that problem solved, another emerged. Cataclysm had been trademarked by Blizzard in 2009 for an upcoming expansion to World of Warcraft, and Gearbox was forced to try to find a way around the legal issues. The result was the new name.

Homeworld: Emergence is on sale for an introductory price of $8.99. A package with the Homeworld Remastered Collection and the Deserts of Kharak expansion is on sale for $37.87 for a limited time, and massive savings over the normal price of $94.97. If you enjoyed the remastered games, but missed Cataclysm, you can finally give it a whirl again. 

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