A fine salvage: Gearbox announces Homeworld: Remastered Collection

That track worked better here than in Platoon.

Grab some tissues, then cue up Adagio for Strings.

The gaming world dodged a bullet last year when THQ amid its death throes sold the Homeworld rights to Gearbox. Just think: in another timeline we’re all staring down the barrel of EA’s latest coin-spewing free-to-play game cunningly designed to ravage our collective memory. Your mothership needs four hours to recharge! Or click to buy more ships NOW. Every $0.99 advances you one light year toward Hiigara. Our home.

Luckily that didn’t happen, and the IP fell to a company that, by most people’s reckoning, takes games seriously. Gearbox is serious enough in fact to have dropped the “Homeworld HD” title it had announced last year, since “as work progressed it became clear that title didn’t properly communicate the scope of the work.” In its place the company announced today Homeworld: Remastered Collection.

The collection includes remade versions of Homeworld 1 and 2, featuring up to 4K resolutions and cinematics retouched by the original Relic staff. The music and sound effects have been remixed from the original sources, and multiplayer across both games has been unified. The classic, unmodified versions of Homeworld and Homeworld 2 will be included too.

Perplexingly there are no screenshots or videos to accompany this announcement, but if you’re a true Kushan then be sure to check out the Homeworld: Remastered site. There you can vote on how fancy (and expensive) the collector’s edition should be.

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