Homeworld & Homeworld 2 HD remakes coming from Gearbox

Gearbox plans on releasing HD remakes of Relic Entertainment's Homeworld and Homeworld 2. The remakes will be available on PC.


Gearbox snagged the Homeworld IP when THQ was dismantled. The company shelled $1.35 million out for the rights--so what do they plan on doing?

First up, Gearbox plans on releasing HD remakes of Relic Entertainment's Homeworld and Homeworld 2, the studio announced at a panel at PAX Australia. The remakes will be available on PC.

Polygon, who attended the report, didn't have any other details to share. So for now, just watch this pretty intro video:

Andrew Yoon was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    July 20, 2013 9:14 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Homeworld & Homeworld 2 HD remakes coming from Gearbox.

    Gearbox plans on releasing HD remakes of Relic Entertainment's Homeworld and Homeworld 2. The remakes will be available on PC.

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      July 20, 2013 9:33 AM

      That's AWESOME. I still play the old versions, they're fantastic

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      July 20, 2013 9:36 AM

      Thank you baby Jesus!

      It's really kind of a no-brainer, fix a few DirectX bugs and put some modellers to work for a few months, and make a bunch of money.

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      July 20, 2013 9:39 AM

      YES!! WIIINNNN!!

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        July 20, 2013 12:23 PM

        Not really. Gearbox Software's specializes in ruining good things.

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      July 20, 2013 10:23 AM

      Gearbox touching anything = no mod tools, no GOG release, no Linux support and lots of DLC.

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        July 20, 2013 10:40 AM

        No offense but GOG has nothing to do with it. As far as I know NONE of the major developers put games on GOG, at least anything that might be brought back as a full franchise.

        I'll give you linux and mod tools issues but in all honesty does anyone think HW & HM:C should have been 2 different games? And from what I know HM2 was a recreation of HM1 in the first place (can't confirm that as I never had HW2).

        I'd much rather see someone pick up the IP and try to do something with it rather than it die a slow death...$1.3M is not a lot of money so it goes to show there is not a whole lot of interest in the RTS Space genre.

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          July 20, 2013 11:30 AM

          Alan Wake, Torchlight, Assassin's Creed, Might & Magic, Tomb Raider, Deus Ex, D&D games, Prince of Persia...I could keep going, but I'm sure you get the gist.

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            July 20, 2013 11:54 AM

            Yeah GOG has the new Apogee, 3D Realms, Nordic Games, Devolver Digital, Ubisoft, Remedy, Epic, EA, Square Enix, Interplay and Activision among others signed up.

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            July 20, 2013 9:27 PM

            Pretty much the only big publishers GOG doesn't have deals with are Microsoft and Lucas Arts.

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            July 21, 2013 9:18 AM

            Of the list you have there, Alan Wake is the only game that was released on GoG at the same time as the other distributors. All of the other games were released long after their commercial life on the PC was done.

            As in, yes the Tomb Raider games are on GoG, but not the new rebooted one. Yes the first two Deus Ex games are on GoG, but not the new third one. Etc.

            Once the sales have slowed down I'm sure these games will wind up there but for right now few of the major publishers are on board with the idea of day one DRM-free releases. Yes, I know games like FTL and FEZ are awesome and have day one DRM-free releases but they're not from major publishers.

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              July 21, 2013 11:15 AM

              "...at least anything that might be brought back as a full franchise."
              That was the part I was referring to.

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          July 20, 2013 9:26 PM

          Homeworld 2 was an entirely different game set something like 150 years after the Kushan landfall on Hiigara, it starts with the evacuation of Hiigara... and gets kind of werid later on. Even the Mothership was different in the story, the design was simply inspired by the first, but it's not really a colony ship, and as such is smaller.

          Homeworld Cataclysm was made by Barking Dog Studios and while was fun, it took away from the semi-grounded technology of the first game. However it also critically introduced time compression. It was fun as a side story that kind of pushed into non-canon areas.

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        July 21, 2013 3:22 PM

        DLC. For a 14 year old game.

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      July 20, 2013 10:46 AM

      If there is one thing Gearbox has demonstrated in the past, it's their ability to treat existing IP's properly. Yay!

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        July 20, 2013 10:50 AM

        Well DNF notwithstanding, but that thing should have been killed years ago.

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          July 20, 2013 11:12 AM

          I'm guessing the post was sarcasm. Aliens Colonial Marines and DNF were their most recent existing IP games and its impossible to understate how terrible they are.

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            July 21, 2013 7:17 AM

            Everyone forgets how terrible their halo port was

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              July 21, 2013 2:27 PM

              forgets exaggerates

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                July 22, 2013 10:07 AM

                No, I'm pretty sure that's on the money. Shipping it without co-op play was inexcusable.

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                July 22, 2013 11:03 AM

                NOPE. The multiplayer was developed for dial up connections and is still awful and laggy with perfect pings. It was also unoptimized and hard to run when it was released.

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                  July 23, 2013 4:26 PM

                  Multiplayer ran fine for me. The game itself also ran fine on my cheapo system which was weak even for the time.

                  I can't deny that other people may have had problems, maybe I was just lucky. But you can't tell me my experience with the game was bad, either, because it wasn't.

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      July 20, 2013 7:03 PM

      This could be neat. As long as Gearbox is just adding better graphics and not changing anything, this could work.

      It's just that most of their stuff has sucked - except for Borderlands 2, so I just can't trust them with design stuff.

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      July 20, 2013 7:50 PM

      So long as it includes fixing the multiplayer.

      Had some pretty epic 4 player FFA's where we all won by elimination. Game would desync 5 minutes in and we'd all smash the AI's that took over for the other players.

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      July 21, 2013 2:31 PM

      Forget the haters. Yes, Gearbox published a couple of bad games in the past few years, but I have confidence that they are more than capable of doing something as simple as slapping a coat of HD paint on an existing game.

      This is good news.

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      July 21, 2013 5:42 PM

      Good fucking choice gearbox. I'll buy these on day one.

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      July 21, 2013 10:47 PM

      Price it fairly and keep horrid DLC out and they will have a fan here.
      I love these games, very fond memories and i cant wait for an HD

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