Homeworld Prequel ‘Deserts of Kharak’ Announced by Gearbox and Blackbird

Gearbox Software and Blackbird Interactive have today announced a prequel to Homeworld titled Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak. The planet is dying, but deep in the southern sands of Kharak, an anomaly has been discovered. Could Kharak’s salvation lie in the desert? Led by chief science officer Rachel S’jet, the Coalition of the Northern Kiithid sends an expedition deep within enemy-controlled territory to investigate the finding, which could forever alter the fate of humanity.

“When we signed this project in front of the crowd at the 2013 PAX Dev, Randy [Pitchford] spoke about Gearbox’s commitment to quality entertainment and taking risks, and they have fully delivered on that message,” said Rob Cunningham, chief executive officer of Blackbird Interactive. “All of us at Blackbird are super proud of Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak, and we owe it to the outstanding team at Gearbox. Words fail to describe how exciting it is to be releasing a new Homeworld game, deepening the story for both existing fans and a new audience alike.”

“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.”

Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak will be released January 20 for PC.

Check out the Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak features below:

EXPERIENCE AN ORIGIN STORY
Join Rachel S’jet as she leads an expedition to find salvation across an exciting campaign in this prequel from some of the original creators of Homeworld and Homeworld 2.

HEAVY-DUTY HARDWARE
Take control of fleets occupying both land and air – from nimble light attack vehicles to massive heavyweight cruisers — and harness the abilities of your forces to conquer the desert.

MASSIVE ENVIRONMENTS
Fight your way across dune seas, deep craters, and the vast, hostile canyons of Kharak. In order to succeed, your style of play will have to adapt and change to meet new environments and new challenges.

TACTICAL COMBAT
Position your fleet to take advantage of the high ground or create ambushes across dune lines in terrestrial combat. Attack your enemies’ resource operations or assault their military head-on.

STRATEGIC DECISIONS
Meaningful choices in resource management, fleet composition, and technology research will directly impact your chances of survival.

ONLINE MULTIPLAYER
Compete solo or with friends to achieve a variety of win conditions. Rise through the ranks to become the most powerful Fleet Captain on Kharak in competitive play.

Check out the announcement trailer and screenshots below: